At Rikett, the environment and your health are the forefront of our mission. Two elements that are highly relatable in many industries of today’s world – especially healthcare and schools. With the safety of all on the frontline, people are turning to innovative solutions that were once overlooked. For instance, school floors are now a hot topic.
Did you know there are school flooring options that provide health benefits to staff and students while helping the environment? It’s true – and many are budget-friendly. However, part of understanding what you are investing in means researching the company. When it comes to an environmentally friendly product, be sure to look for LEED certifications.
What is LEED certification?
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.
Staying healthy with LEED.
In the school environment, especially these days, we’re all about staying as healthy as possible. LEED contributes to these efforts by creating healthier spaces with cleaner air. LEED is free from harmful chemicals found in paints and finishes. Thus, you can have peace of mind knowing that your school floors are helping to improve indoor air quality.
The environmental benefits are overwhelming.
Below are a few statistics taken from USGBC.org on the environmental benefits of LEED certified projects.
- 34% lower CO2 emissions
- 25% less energy consumed
- 11% less water consumed
- 80 million tons of waste diverted from landfills
- By 2030, LEED projects will have diverted more than 540 million tons of waste from landfills!
- 89/100 average ENERGY STAR score for LEED projects
- 25% less energy on average used by LEED buildings compared to commercialized schools
- 3 million tons of coal equivalent saved each year
- 78 million tons of avoided CO2 emissions.
Becoming LEED certified demonstrates an in-depth understanding of green building topics and applications. At Rikett, we take sustainability seriously. From reducing our carbon footprint through innovative, resilient solutions to making an effort to become and maintain LEED certified, you can have peace of mind that your school floors are serving a good purpose.