Green Building: The New Normal
Sustainability is at the forefront of design. Architects, designers, contractors, installers and even tile manufacturers are trying to find ways to incorporate green practices into their businesses nowadays, whether it be trying to attain a reputable rating through the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system or by implementing recycling methods in production and installation processes.
Green building is crucial in today’s world because of all of the environmental concerns we are currently facing — from global warming to limited natural resources. Buildings have a substantial impact on the health and wellbeing of people and the planet; they use resources, generate waste and are costly to maintain and operate. Green building — the practice of designing, constructing and operating buildings to maximize occupant health and productivity — uses fewer resources, reduces waste and negative environmental impacts, and decreases lifecycle costs.
In this issue, we cover various aspects of sustainability and how it relates to the tile industry. In one of our technical focuses on page 27, MAPEI’s sustainability manager, Brittany Storm, delves into the range of tile and tile-setting materials’ green product certifications 101 that are offered.
“In traditional construction, the choice of products for a project requires consideration of aesthetics, performance, schedule and cost. In sustainable construction, these traditional considerations are expanded to include products that reduce impacts on occupant health and the environment,” she explained. “Designers, specifiers and owners are increasingly seeking transparency in building products and their associated environmental impacts and health hazards. The number of green building standards and certification systems — such as LEED and Living Building Challenge — are creating an increased demand for products with sustainable attributes and, as a result, the demand for green certifications on these products.”
On page 46, Laticrete’s senior technical services representative, Marcel Shoen, also discusses sustainability in building, specifically the new tile products that have been created, which contribute to green, sustainable environments.
In 2018, the new main building at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, CA, was awarded LEED Platinum status, the highest designation for sustainability recognized by the USGBC. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is one of just five hospitals in the world — and only the second children’s hospital — to achieve LEED Platinum certification. “From planning to execution, the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford was a decade in the making and designed with the intent to become one of the country’s most sustainable children’s hospitals,” said Dale Foster, Laticrete contractor sales representative. “We took great responsibility in making sure all products used onsite would contribute to the LEED points necessary to make this dream a reality.”
Head over to page 20 to read more about how mosaic artist, Gary Drostle, and his team from the U.K. transformed the hospital’s main corridor into a walking museum by depicting California’s diverse ecosystem through 10 intricately designed tile mosaics on the floors.