Lancaster, Pa., January 29, 2015 – A new white paper, “Daylighting and Flooring: Don’t Overlook the Issue of Reflectivity,” provides insight on leveraging the reflectivity of flooring for architects and administrators who are seeking opportunities to reduce energy consumption in commercial structures.
Daylighting – A Green Building Design Strategy
Daylighting is increasingly becoming a green building design strategy, and LEED v4 now recognizes the benefits of high light reflectant flooring in the IEQ Lighting Quality Credit. Research suggests that boosting the reflectance values of flooring will allow more light – from either artificial or natural sources – to bounce off the floor and enable the available light to illuminate the space more efficiently.
High Reflectant Flooring May Reduce Energy Costs
One of the studies cited, “Energy Saving Potential of High Reflective Flooring Material for Sustainable Interiors,” indicates that high-reflectance floor material can increase classroom daylighting levels, and where daylighting is not a factor, can result in more efficient distribution of artificial light. Either outcome would enable education institutions to reduce energy costs.
“When one considers the billions of square feet of space that schools and universities occupy in the United States, even a slight reduction in electricity consumption can make a difference in an education institution’s bottom line,” says Amy Costello, Sustainability Manager for Armstrong World Industries.
Download a complimentary copy of the white paper at http://www.armstrong.com/daylighting.
Armstrong Flooring, Inc. (NYSE: AFI) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of innovative flooring solutions that inspire spaces where people live, work, learn, heal and play. Headquartered in Lancaster, Pa., Armstrong Flooring is the #1 manufacturer of resilient and wood flooring products across North America. The company safely and responsibly operates 17 manufacturing facilities in three countries and employs approximately 3,700 individuals, all working together to provide the highest levels of service, quality and innovation to ensure it remains as strong and vital as its 150-year heritage. Learn more at armstrongflooring.com.