Not only is polished concrete a natural, durable, beautiful flooring system, it is proven to be one of the most effective GREEN flooring systems available, possibly the greenest flooring solutions that delivers the results it does.
Today’s emphasis on alternative construction methods that are earth friendly, as well as cost-effective, make concrete polished floors an outstanding option to more traditional floor coverings.
Conserving the earth’s natural resources and reducing the environmental impact of construction are a big focus on many projects. Polished concrete flooring is one of the most sustainable flooring options available. As a concrete slab is a required element for virtually all construction projects, polishing that slab to provide a finish will not require the harvest, manufacture, and transport additional material. There is no material sitting on top of the slab, such as tile, hardwood or carpet, that will end up in a landfill when it comes time to replace it.
Building Reuse: Polished concrete supports the efforts to prevent waste, energy, and materials and to reduce the environmental impact that is caused by harvesting and manufacturing new material. Reusing the concrete slab as a floor finish, instead of adding additional flooring such as carpet, tile, or hardwood on top of the slab, will help achieve the desired points – to a different degree in new construction versus remodeling an existing structure.
Indoor Environmental Air Quality is maintained at a high level when a low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) sealer is used on the floor, or the sealer is omitted entirely.
To qualify to be LEED Certified, a building must achieve a minimum energy efficiency and optimize energy performance. The reflective nature of polished concrete can assist with this credit by maximizing the natural and artificial lighting already in use, thus improving the energy efficiency of the lighting system as a whole.
The insulation gained from the thermal mass of constructing with concrete, including walls and exposed slabs will help retain the internal temperature of the building and reduce the load on HVAC systems.