You are only as good as the air you breathe! That’s why choosing building materials that are devoid of volatile organic compounds (zero VOC) is rapidly becoming the preferred choice among today’s new construction and remodeling contractors.
Research has shown average Americans spend approximately 90% of their time indoors https://www.buildinggreen.com/blog/we-spend-90-our-time-indoors-says-who; while an Environmental Protection Agency report on indoor air quality notes concentrations of some pollutants have increased indoors in recent decades. The lack of ventilation in some energy-efficient building construction was cited as one possible cause, along with the increased use of synthetic building materials, furnishings, personal care products, pesticides and household cleaners containing volatile organic compounds, commonly referred to as VOCs. Inhale all the facts at https://www.epa.gov/report-environment/indoor-air-quality
So, what are VOCs? According to the American Lung Association, volatile organic compounds are the gases emitted into the air from products or processes with some of the more familiar VOCs listed as benzene, formaldehyde, and toluene. The American Lung Association further notes that breathing VOCs can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, can cause difficulty breathing, nausea, and can damage the central nervous center as well as other organs. Some VOCs can cause cancer, but not all VOCs have all these health effects. You can find more detailed information at https://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/indoor/indoor-air-pollutants/volatile-organic-compounds.html.
At TREND Group, we understand the concern over VOCs and are proud to say we only produce sustainable flooring and products from natural recyclable materials (such as stone and glass) containing no volatile organic compounds. Our terrazzo and engineered stone products, always have been, and always will be, zero VOC.
In fact, TREND Group was awarded Greenguard Certification and Greenguard for Children and School Certification in June 2009. TREND Group remains Greenguard Gold certified today. Greenguard is the world’s preeminent third-party certification institute for the analysis of emissions, focusing on volatile organic compounds. Our green product lines also contribute measurably to LEED ratings based on credits for Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design. LEED rating criteria can be found on the U.S. Green Building Council website at https://new.usgbc.org/leed. Our green product lines are also certified by the NSF Public Health and Safety Organization, and listed on Declare, the transparency platform and product database overseen by the International Living Future Institute.
Saving one mountain at a time (as our Global CEO Andrea Di Giuseppe is fond of saying), we have made it our mission to implement real-world processes that protect and preserve the planet’s resources, while causing no harm to the customers who enjoy our products. In addition to our commitment to using natural post-consumer recycled content in our sustainable terrazzo tile and engineered stone slabs, our facilities are designed to recycle 99.8% of the water we use during manufacturing. The consumption of packaging materials has also been reduced with overall waste produced at our Sebring, Florida plant reduced by over 22%.
Collaborating with the world’s leading environmental organizations, architects and designers to promote sustainable building practices, we hope you consider TREND Group’s high-quality, environmentally friendly terrazzo & engineered stone products for your next design-build project. Click on “terrazzo” on the home page of our website to view our latest offerings and click on “contact” to send us an email, or call toll-free 866-508-7363.