Green Building: From Floor to Ceiling

There are so many sources of information out there for building green homes, but a lot of the same principles also apply to building green work places. People spend an average of eight hours a day at work, whether it’s at an office, manufacturing facility, or retail space — that’s a majority of waking hours for most individuals. So it’s just as important for our work places to be environmentally friendly, which often means better for our health as well.

One factor to consider in green flooring is thermal mass. Concrete is a good heat conductor — it has higher thermal mass than that of wood, and it complements passive solar design.

Green Building with Polished Concrete

Green Building with Polished ConcreteThe following is an excerpt from Green From the Ground Up by David Johnston and Scott Gibson (Taunton Press, 2008). Begin with eco-friendly flooring, and move through this detailed guide for sustainable, healthy and energy-efficient home construction. This excerpt comes from Chapter 15, “Interior Finishes.”

“When used as the finish floor, concrete containing high fly-ash content serves several as a multipurpose green flooring option. For one, it saves the expense of installing another flooring material, like wood or carpet. It also makes use of an industrial by-product, a decided eco-friendly flooring advantage. And concrete, unlike carpet, doesn’t harbor allergens, dust, and mold so it contributes to high indoor air quality.

A variety of finishing techniques can also produce dazzling visual results. […] The trick is to look for an experienced installer, not necessarily someone who specializes in sidewalks and driveways and is trying to learn something new.”

Polished concrete has become the floor of choice for a wide variety of commercial and community spaces: schools, churches, museums, aircraft hangars, big box retailers, grocery stores, club stores, dealerships, warehouses, and factories. ModernCrete has the expertise required to install polished concrete floors in all of these facilities and more. Check out our polished concrete gallery for design ideas, or contact us online for more information.