What is Armstrong Flooring's definition of rapidly renewable?
Armstrong Flooring uses the USGBC LEED definition – “Agricultural products, both fiber and animal, that take 10 years or less to grow or raise and can be harvested in a sustainable fashion” Source: USGBC LEED-BD&C 2009 reference guide.
What are the plant ingredients found in BBT Bio-Flooring?
Today our BBT bio-flooring is made from corn; we continue to research new materials that have reduced environmental impact while improving the performance of our commercial flooring products. As the technology for biobased products develops, we expect an increased selection of sustainable flooring materials that meet cost, performance and environmental criteria.
Why isn’t all Armstrong flooring biobased?
Armstrong Flooring offers a range of flooring options for the environmentally-conscious purchaser. We are researching other applications for biobased materials beyond composition tile. As the market for biobased flooring materials develops and our understanding grows, we will continue to look for more solutions and product offerings.
Will you continue to offer Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT)?
Yes, VCT continues to be a durable and cost-effective solution for many commercial applications. Over 7 million pounds of recycled content have been used in Armstrong VCT every year for over nine years. VCT is FloorScore® certified as compliant with California Section 01350 for low VOC emissions. Armstrong VCT contributes to and/or complies with the LEED IEQ Low Emitting Material credit, MR Recycled Content Credit and Regional Materials credit, depending on location. Learn more
Does Bio-Flooring - Migrations BBT and Striations BBT - contain PVC or plasticizers?
No, however, that was not the objective of our research. Armstrong Flooring has a strategy to reduce reliance on petroleum and fossil fuels; pursuing this strategy led us to explore rapidly renewable resources to create Armstrong Flooring products. Our Bio-Flooring products are the result of years of research with rapidly renewable, biobased resources. A secondary result of the research was that our bio-flooring does not contain PVC or plasticizers.
We continue to look for flooring materials that provide excellent performance, low environmental impact, and are cost effective. As the market for biobased materials matures, we expect an increased selection of materials that meet cost, performance and environmental criteria.
Do you have a more technical specification sheet on the environmental benefits of BBT Bio-Flooring?
Yes, you can find more technical details at bio-flooring.com, review the Armstrong Flooring Product Declaration or the life cycle assessment (LCA) results in the bio-flooring Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Why did you choose to first apply Bio-Flooring technology in a composition tile product?
Armstrong Flooring chose to introduce this sustainable technology in a composition tile because over 1 billion square feet of this product is installed every year. Applying bio-flooring technology to composition tile allowed us to expand the availability and affordability of biobased technology to the largest product category in the hard surface flooring industry.
What key industry environmental standards does Armstrong Flooring’s Bio-Flooring comply with?
Migrations BBT and Striations BBT bio-flooring contains 2% rapidly renewable resources, 40% recycled content and is FloorScore® certified for compliance with California Department of Public Health Standard for VOC emissions v1.1 2010. The Migrations BBT and Striations BBT EPD is third party certified to ISO 14025 and ISO 14044.