American Fast Floors is committed to educate, inform and encourage our community and industry professionals to embrace new technologies for construction of environmentally friendly, energy-efficient, water-conserving, healthful buildings to reduce our environmental footprint. American Fast Floors does not sell any products made from illegally acquired wood products. We discourage those practices, and the harvest of old growth timber.
Sustainable flooring is produced from sustainable materials (and by a sustainable process) that reduce demands on ecosystems during its life cycle. This includes harvest, production, use and disposal. It is thought that sustainable flooring creates safer and healthier buildings and guarantees a future for traditional producers of renewable resources that many communities depend on. Several initiatives have led the charge to bring awareness of sustainable flooring as well as healthy buildings (air quality). Below are examples of available, though sometimes less well-known, eco-friendly flooring options. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends those with allergies to dust or other particulates choose flooring with smooth surfaces – such as hardwood, vinyl, linoleum tile or slate.
The life cycle environmental impacts associated with producing and using flooring alternatives such as cork, linoleum, and solid wood are clearly lower than other alternatives. Wool carpeting and composite marble exhibit the greatest impacts, and impacts linked to typical carpeting used in residential structures are higher than those shown in the BEES system due to the use of a pad under the carpet layer.
Some of the types of sustainable flooring we offer here at AmericanFastFloors.com are wood, bamboo, cork, linoleum, rubber, natural and recycled carpet and coconut timber flooring.