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Our ongoing commitment to providing sustainable products.
With Green Squared, eco-friendly product specification is now more efficient & consistent.
In accordance with our commitment to maintain a harmonious relationship with the environment, Interceramic embraces even superior standards for our products by becoming Green Squared Certified.
Today, all of Interceramic manufacturing facilities in Mexico and the U.S. are included in a Third Party Audit process then reassures architects and designers that our products meet the industry’s green standards.
Choosing Interceramic products for sustainable projects is simple, just look for the Green Squared logo.
By seeking out Green Squared Certified products, specifiers can put together total
sustainable installation systems.
Concerned about allergies and asthma? Tile is a great choice whether you’re remodeling or starting from scratch. Unlike other surfaces, tile is both hard and impervious, meaning it’s inhospitable to dust mites, bacteria, fungi, mold and other irritants.
Since tile is manufactured at temperatures that reach up to 2500 degrees F, it’s inherently inorganic, emitting zero VOCs. VOCs – emitted by virtually all other types of flooring – are harmful gases that can cause headaches, nausea, and nose, eye and throat irritation. VOC emissions are also a leading cause of “sick building syndrome.”
Since tiles are solid, they don’t contain the binders common to other surfaces – binders like formaldehyde, often found in products containing medium-density fiber board, plywood and particle board. Why is formaldehyde a problem? It is known to lead to an increased incidence of asthma, particularly in children and the elderly – to the point that it has been federally restricted under the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act.
Tile flooring is also free from PVC, a resin commonly used in other surfaces to improve mechanical flexibility and heat stability. PVC contains phthalates and organotin, both regularly a subject of concern and discussion among health experts.
Learn more about Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) reports and how to understand a material’s environmental footprint. The tile industry has separate UL-certified EPDs for ceramic tile, mortar and grout, representing the majority of these products that are made in North America. This guide explains the benefits of EPDs, what they report, how ceramic tile EPDs compare to that of other flooring materials, and an explanation of the Green Squared standard for sustainability performance.Download the EPD certification
Glazed ceramic and porcelain tiles are not only the healthiest flooring products available, but they among the most durable and longest lasting products, providing you the best value over timeDownload Life-Cycle Cost Study
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating SystemTM encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.
For more information, please visit this website: http://www.usgbc.org/leed/
Source: U.S. Green Building Council Our products can support efforts to obtain LEED certification on building projects.