Flooring donated to what could be SAs first ‘Green School’

by Darren
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Used Interface carpet tiles has been donated by KBAC Flooring to The Streetlight School – potentially the 1st Green-Star rated school in SA.

800m² of used Interface carpet tiles has been donated by KBAC Flooring to South Africa’s first Streetlight School project, which was launched in Johannesburg in mid-January this year.

The Streetlight School project has been registered for a 4-Star Green Star SA Interiors rating with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) by leading Johannesburg sustainability specialists, Solid Green Consulting. If the rating is awarded, it will be the first Green Star SA rated school in South Africa. The site for the first Streetlight School is Jeppe Park Primary, near the Johannesburg CBD.

The carpet tiles, donated and installed by KBAC Flooring, were uplifted from a project for which the company had supplied new Interface carpet tiles. Interface, which is exclusively distributed in South Africa by KBAC Flooring, has won global acclaim for leading the way in sustainable flooring.

Lesley Fidrmuc, Interface Consultant for KBAC Flooring, arranged the donation after being approached by Solid Green Consulting, with whom she had worked with on sustainable flooring projects in the past.

She says the donation to what could become the country’s first Green Star SA rated school is in line with KBAC’s local adaptation of Interface’s  “Re-entry” programme. This programme stems from Europe and it aims to prevent carpeting that has become worn out, outdated, or no longer regarded as fashionable, ending up in landfills by recycling the old carpet tiles into the production line for new flooring.

Neil Duncan, Chief Financial Officer of KBAC Flooring, says the company had no hesitation in donating the 800m² of Interface “Cubic”, Sunflower colour, carpet tiles to the Streetlight School.  “KBAC Flooring also installed the carpet tiles free of charge, using a low VOC adhesive,” he concludes. “We are extremely proud to have contributed to this admirable initiative and we hope to continue providing assistance as the concept is rolled out further. In fact, Hannetjie Smit, Sales Consultant for KBAC, has already secured a donation by Tuff Floors. The donation includes some of the company’s black interlocking tiles which KBAC installed free of charge in the open area outside the school’s classrooms to further assist the Streetlight Schools initiative.”

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