Rapidly Renewable Credit

Submitted by Adrian on Sun, 07/24/2011 - 11:13

Obtaining the rapidly renewable material credit for LEED, can be tricky.  To obtain the credit you generally need a sufficient amount of the material to be used in order to qualify for the credit... leaving often cork or bamboo flooring as major options.  Cork is a truley sustainable product, but its most robust format (homegenous - through body) lacks a wide aesthetic range.  On the other hand bamboo, while certainly rapidly renewable has several performance problems (pitting, delaminating, popping, etc.).  For this reason the new Armstrong Ceiling tile product containing 45% rapidly renwable materials (mostly jute).  For more info you may want to check out http://www.armstrong.com/commceilingsna/article52089.html