Our philosophy revolves around the three legs of sustainable development, of which none can exist in isolation: the Environment, Society and the Economy.
All of our purchases and business partnerships are environmentally responsible where possible. Key partners are: Armstrong World Industries, Tandus Inc, Dinoflex, UTI and Contact Energy all of which have detailed environmental policies.
Selected Armstrong vinyl ranges are GreenTag certified Silver, with GreenRate Level A which may be used for credits towards Green Star buildings.
Floorspace™ has the ability to neutralise carbon debt on any project where required by our clients. We have an inherent distrust of environmental marketing/lobby groups with hefty membership fees that promote services without hard science. We believe that environmental stewardship must first and foremost be quantifiable and open to scientific evaluation.
The Floorspace™ "RIGHT-TO-SITE" distribution program aims to remove the double-handling associated with traditional 'big warehousing' and the added energy commitment that is the direct fallout of this.
Environmental product assessment
At Floorspace we're serious about sustainable product - not just talking about it, but ensuring all of the product we import into NZ is as environmentally-friendly as it can be. Before partnering with our suppliers we put them through the wringer, asking all sorts of questions, touring their facilities and generally ensuring they met our standards.
We've done the hard work for our products, but we know there's more than flooring to a project, so we've put together 12 questions to ask your product supplier to really understand their environmental product assessments:
- Does the product contain recycled content? If so, what is the overall percentage?
- Is the availability of recycled content products limited? Is there an up-charge?
- What is the source of recycled content material? Is it from a post-industrial (pre-consumer) or post-consumer source?
- Is the product recyclable in a fully established, currently operational and audited recycling program?
- Does the manufacturer have an existing collection and recovery system?
- Does the manufacturer reclaim and recycle products made by other manufacturers?
- Is the recycling process available to public viewing?
- Are the life-cycle analysis results of product publicly available?
- Are the recycled content amounts and product recyclability certified independently?
- Have the products received the "environmentally preferable product" designation from an independent third party?
- Does the product meet the requirements of recognised emissions and indoor air quality (IAQ) standards?
- Where is the product manufactured and recycled? What is the carbon footprint from freight to market and to recycle?