As rigorous standards of sustainability continue to rise and the construction industry’s quest for environmental-responsibility continues, finding affordable, sustainable building products will become a necessity for new construction, additions, renovations and remodels. Natural, durable and beautiful polished concrete flooring is just that, a true Green solution.
SAVING MATERIALS AND UNNECESSARY TRANSPORTATION
Concrete is a fundamental part of every construction project – whether new construction or a remodel. Adding any extra material to a project results in greater expenditures and environmental stressors such as harvesting, manufacturing, refining and transporting another product to the job site. Finishing the floor by simply polishing the existing concrete material avoids these stressors while substantially decreasing the environmental footprint of the project, and saves on everything from natural resources to the pollution and costs associated with shipping.
REDUCING AIRBORNE CONTAMINANTS AND VOCS
Up to 30% of the population have chemical sensitivities. Stemming from the “sick building syndrome” of the 1970s, indoor air quality is one focus of green construction. Polished concrete contributes no noticeable VOCs in the construction process, improving the indoor air quality.
OPTIMIZES ENERGY EFFICIENCY
The reflective nature of polished concrete reduces the amount of artificial illumination needed by maximizing the natural and artificial lighting already in use, thus improving energy efficiency of the lighting system as a whole.
The thermal mass gained from constructing with concrete, including walls and exposed concrete floors, in conjunction with passive solar design principals, moderates the daily temperature fluctuations, reducing the load on HVAC systems.
LEED GUIDE FOR POLISHED CONCRETE
Make polished concrete a part of your green sustainable architecture. See our Documents page to review LEED Guide for the Concreate Concrete Polishing process and for other guides and tips to improve your concrete polishing project. Concreate is confident in our Concrete Polishing Guidelines and the specifications for polished concrete provided herein will yield our customers not only increased initial satisfaction, but extended years of satisfied service from their Polished Concrete floors.