Product Transparency

Category
LEED – NC & CI Credits
Armstrong Products
Linoleum
EQ4.3, MR4.0, MR6.0
MARMORETTE, LINORETTE, COLORETTE, GRANETTE
BioBased Tile
EQ4.3, MR4.0, MR5.0*, MR6.0
MIGRATIONS
LVT
EQ4.3
NATURAL CREATIONS
Commercial Hardwood
MR5.0*
PREMIER PERFORMANCE, HERITAGE CLASSICS, METRO CLASSICS, BECKFORD, CENTURY FARM           
Sheet
EQ4.3
MEDINTECH, ROYAL, POSSIBILITIES Petit Point, Connection CORLON, TRANSLATIONS, PERSPECTIVES, TIMBERLINE, SAFEGUARD        
VCT
EQ4.3, MR4.0, MR5.0*
ARTEFFECTS, Standard EXCELON, EXCELON, SAFETY ZONE, SDT
Adhesives
EQ4.1
All Armstrong Adhesives (except S-89)

BioBased Tile and the many other flooring solutions Armstrong offers now provide one of the largest selections of green flooring products in the industry. We continue to gather information on the environmental attributes to help you make the best choice for your commercial flooring project.

When developing this information, we take into account not only the characteristics of each product, but also its entire life cycle—from the sourcing and transport of its materials, through manufacture, packaging and distribution, to application and its eventual recycling or disposal. If you're designing with an Armstrong floor product, and want to know which LEED categories and credits are applicable, we provide handy references like these charts that identify Armstrong commercial floor products that can contribute to or comply with LEED credit requirements.

LEED and Floor Product Categories

Category LEED – NC & CI Credits Description Summary Armstrong Products
Materials & Resources MR4.0 Recycled content (10% or 20%) VCT
  MR5.0 Local/regional materials and sourcing Commercial Hardwood*, VCT*
Indoor Environmental Air Quality EQ4.1 Low VOC emitting adhesives All Armstrong commercial floor adhesives**
  EQ4.3 Low VOC emitting materials: carpet systems – 25% finished floor area is FloorScore™ non-carpet. LVT, Sheet, VCT

* Depends on project location.
** Except for S-89 tile adhesive.

Armstrong Floors Products that Contribute to or Comply with LEED Credits

ENERGY AND ATMOSPHERE
EA Credit 1: OPTIMIZE ENERGY PERFORMANCE

LEED NC – Energy and Atmosphere Credit 1.1 – Optimize Energy Performance

LEED CI – Energy and Atmosphere Credit 1.1             
Intent: Achieve increasing levels of energy performance above the baseline standard to reduce environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use.

To aid in reducing lighting power density which lowers energy and maintenance costs, Armstrong High Light Reflectance ceilings and systems provide the same level of illuminance with fewer luminaries. This will assist in reducing lighting and HVAC energy costs up to 25% in new or existing building structures where a High Light Reflectance ceiling is installed along with indirect lighting. Also steps to reduce the number of fixtures and reduce the wattage of lamps should be taken. The number of LEED credits awarded for such improvements are different for new and existing building structures.             
MATERIAL AND RESOURCES
MR Credit 2.1, 2.2 – CONSTRUCTION WASTE MANAGEMENT – Divert 50% & 75% from disposal Intent: Divert construction, demolition, and land clearing debris from disposal in landfills and incinerators. Redirect recovered resources back to the manufacturing process. Redirect reusable materials to the appropriate sites.

Armstrong is the first ceiling manufacturer with a closed-loop recycling program which redirects recovered ceilings back to the manufacturing process. Please contact your Armstrong representative for more details on how this program can help you meet this requirement.

Armstrong will provide verification of weight and plant return location for LEED submittal. 
MR Credit 4.1, 4.2 – RECYCLED CONTENT (10% & 20% post-consumer + 1/2 pre-consumer) Intent: Increase the demand for building products that incorporate recycled content materials, thereby reducing impacts resulting from extraction and processing of virgin materials.

Armstrong ceiling products contain 23% – 83% recycled content. Depending on manufacturing location, certain products are available with a higher recycled content option.

Armstrong products must be aggregated with all other recycled content materials in order to achieve this credit. Innovation credits are available for higher levels of recycled content used on LEED projects.             
MR Credit 5.1, 5.2 REGIONAL MATERIALS

LEED NC – 10% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally

LEED CI – 20% Manufactured Regionally             
Intent: Increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the use of indigenous resources and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.

Requirement:
LEED NC – Use building products that have been extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project site for minimum of 10% or 20% (based on cost) of the total materials value. If only a fraction of the product is extracted, harvested or recovered and manufactured locally, then only that percentage (by weight) shall contribute to the regional value.

LEED CI – Use a minimum of 20% of all construction and Division 12 (Furniture) materials and products that are manufactured regionally within a radius of 500 miles.

There's a ceiling and suspension plant in China. Contact TechLine to provide a regional materials value for each product for MR Credit 5.1, 5.2 LEED NC and MR Credit 5.2 for LEED CI. This is dependent upon the plant location where the product is produced.             
MR Credit 6.0 – RAPIDLY RENEWABLE MATERIALS Intent: Reduce the use and depletion of finite raw materials and long-cycle renewable materials by replacing them with rapidly renewable materials.

Mineral fiber panels contain cornstarch binders, biobased alternatives to petroleum based binders. Contact TechLine for percent in specific products.             
INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
EQ Credit 4.1 to 4.5 –
LOW-EMITTING MATERIALS
Intent: Reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of installers and occupants.

Many of our products do meet the State of Washington, and California Section 01350 requirements for low emissions. For additional information, refer to "The Basics of Formaldehyde & Interior Spaces" CS-3550. See the Sustainability Table on the back page for emissions information.

Low emitting products can be used as a possible innovation credit.             
EQ Credit 8.1, 8.2 – DAYLIGHT AND VIEWS Intent: Provide the occupants with a connection between indoor spaces and the outdoors through the introduction of daylight and views into the regularly occupied areas of the building.

Armstrong Hi-LR ceilings can aid in extending daylighting into the space. A typical acoustical ceiling reflects just 75% of the light striking the surface, while a high light reflectance ceiling is engineered to reflect up to 90% of the light striking the surface. Recent independent studies have shown a 10-15% daylighting effectiveness increase. A separate study concluded that a Hi-LR ceiling could achieve the LEED credit with up to 12% less glazing than with a standard ceiling with a light reflection of 75%. Factor Hi-LR ceilings into your daylight simulation model.