Eco reasons to source green carpets

by Tania Wannenburg
Eco reasons to source green carpets

Read about the eco benefits of sourcing carpeting from green suppliers.Flooring products from Belgotex are good for the health & well-being of people and places (buildings) where they are installed, as they are for the planet. Here are the top eco reasons for sourcing beautiful floorcoverings from Belgotex:

Green Tag
Belgotex is Green Tag certified with a “Level A” rating. Third party verification is critical for transparency with sustainable products from their green factory. That means you’ll automatically get full marks across all Green Building rating tools without fussing with the Flooring calculator.

Zero Waste Vision
The company strives for a zero waste vision and by specifying their products, you are helping them to reduce, reuse and recycle. Product development is geared towards solution-dyed fibres and yarns, a dry process which reduces water, chemical and energy consumption. In addition, several ranges contain recycled content made up of either post-industrial or post-consumer waste.

The raw materials for several eco-products are derived from post-industrial and post-consumer waste. These products include Green underlay, Sportec Color rubber flooring, the new EOS Bac backing system as well as various SDX and PP carpet ranges. Belgotex’s Erema recycling machine enables them to recycle production waste back into Eco fibre, which is used in the production of their standard ranges.

Indoor Air Quality
Belgotex’s growing “Eco Collection” of carpets, backings and underlays satisfy criteria for both Materials credits (Mat 4: Flooring) as well as Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ13). All their raw materials undergo stringent health and eco-toxicity assessments to ensure they contain no harmful or toxic impurities.

Healthy, hygienic surfaces
Attempts to address “Sick Building Syndrome” has seen attention shift to limiting exposure to moulds and microbes and other infection-causing pathogens. Myths about allergens in carpets, coupled with the reality of drug-resistant bacteria, saw Belgotex shift their focus to health and hygiene. Increasingly sophisticated technology such as silver topcoat for vinyls, and Evercare/Sanosol treatments for homogenous vinyls were incorporated to offer maximum hygiene and safety.

Alleviate stress
The association between stress and the physical environment at work or at home cannot be underestimated. Given the amount of contact our bodies have with the floor, it makes sense to provide a comfortable surface that limits physical stress. Studies in Japan suggest soft carpeting can alleviate physical and mental stress. Carpets reduce impact on joints and feet inducing less physical stress than other floor surfaces.

Thermal comfort varies between individuals and has been shown to enhance productivity.

Uninsulated floors account for 10 – 20% of heat loss in a room and carpets provide greater thermal insulation than hard floors. They are natural insulators due to their low heat conductivity and retain between three to seventeen times more warmth compared to smooth surfaces. By increasing the R-value – the thermal resistance – which measures how much a material resists the transfer of heat through the floor, you reduce the temperature differential between the indoor air and the underfloor. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulation. So, the thicker the carpet pile, the greater the R-value, which can be further improved by adding a high quality underlay.

Carpets significantly reduce electricity costs for heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) by around 8 – 12% making them a cost-effective method to manage thermal comfort.

The acoustic benefits of carpeting have long been known for their sound reduction and sound absorption properties. Until recently however, few organisations realised its profound effect on concentration, productivity and wellbeing. Installation of sound reducing surfaces such as carpeting reduces unwanted exterior noise intrusion and mitigates interior generated noise levels.

Reflect the Light side of Life (LRV)
We are only just beginning to understand the role of natural lighting and its effect on our normal circadian rhythms. Our exposure to adequate natural light and different light spectrums can influence sleep patterns, mental processes and even our vision.

Since most light within building is reflective, the quality of the surfaces greatly affects the amount of light that ultimately reaches the eye. Consequently, increased attention is being placed on the Light Reflectance Value (LRV) of materials and colours for their ability to either absorb or reflect light in specific areas.

Higher LRV’s reflect more light which promotes alertness and activity and is a good strategy to ensure sufficient light reaches the eye without increasing energy consumption or glare.

For more information, contact Belgotex Floors on +27 (33) 897 7500 or via www.belgotexfloors.co.za.

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