Green Entrance Floor Mat System
Read our Tech Bulletin about LEED Certification
The US Green Building Council developed a rating system
for new and existing buildings to encourage building owners and property
management firms to earn credit for meeting certain housekeeping criteria.
Strategies include entrance floor mats that prevent particles from entering the
building. Recommendations include a minimum of 6-10 feet of any combination of
recessed matting, logo floor mats, or quality entrance floor mats, depending on
what LEED rating system you are using. The key of
any successful entrance floor mat system is the prevention of contaminants from
entering a building. In fact, according to a study conducted by ISSA, up to 24
pounds of dirt can be tracked in through a 20-day work period. Installing an
effective entrance floor mat system can stop 90 percent of dirt from entering
the building. It is a given that 85 percent of all this soil enters a building
on the feet of people coming into the building.
First Steps in Creating an Entrance Floor Mat System
When tailoring a Green Entrance Floor Mat System, think feet!
Actually think walking, not wiping. Most people do not wipe their feet, so
custom floor matting needs to be extra long to enable enough walk surface to
remove maximum soil. Since longer is better consider adding logo floor mats to
enhance the lobby decor while preventing moisture and capturing particles from
invading the building.
Selecting the Right Entrance Floor Mat
Performance of floor matting is the number one issue for a Green
Building. An entrance floor matting system is the first line of defense against
contaminants and particles from entering the building. Here are the key factors
for green entrance floor mats.
Stop soil and moisture. High performance entrance floor
matting such as our Hercules Floor Mats or
PrimeTime Floor Mats are very effective. Scrub off
moisture before entering the building lobby with
Grizzly Scrape Mats.
Store soil/dirt and water for removal. A high
performance entrance floor mat contains soil in place where it can be vacuumed
effectively and safely with minimum impact on the building. A building with
minimized contaminants reduce the amount of cleaning chemicals required,
thereby improving a buildings' indoor air quality.
Minimize tracking of stored soil and moisture into the
building. An entrance floor mat with bi-level construction will store soil
and water below shoe level to prevent it from being transferred onto the
building lobby surface. Our Hercules Mats, which
offers either custom logomats or solid color entrance floor matting, has a
high density bi-level surface that works.
Comply with ADA requirements is a "must" for high
performance entrance floor mats. Avoid tripping on a curled mat edge with
a strong 1.5 inch beveled edge on all sides of the mat. The backing of an
entrance floor mat should be non-slip . . . nothing is worse than a mat that
slips on a polished marble type surface. Our Hercules logo mats meets
these entrance floor mat requirements.
Rainbo Logomats are one way to
Go Green. These mats are made in the U.S.A.
at a facility which has a Zero Carbon Footprint.
The best performing entrance mats (like Hercules) provide a safe,
effective, and attractive surface. Adding the name of the building, a company
logo to your floor mat, or address with our Hercules
custom logo entrance mat gives the building entrance a distinctive feel when
you enter the building.
What is LEED? What does it mean to be LEED certified?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a
measuring system created by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) that rates
buildings based on their eco-friendliness. In accordance with LEED, architects,
owners and developers can monitor and optimize development, energy efficiency,
water consumption, materials usage, indoor air quality and other key elements in
their buildings that contribute to sustainability.
So what does LEED certification mean for you? Simply put, it proves to the
public that your building does its part to keep the Earth clean and its
occupants safe and healthy. LEED has several different rating systems based on the
type of project, so choose the one that applies to you.
LEED AP Credential Now Administered Through GBCI.org
Are you a building professional who would like to have
certification for green building techniques and knowledge? Over the last seven years, the
LEED Professional Accreditation
program has verified that more than 43,000 building professionals have an
understanding of green building techniques, the LEED® Green
Building Rating System™ and the certification process.
Now, with USGBC's enthusiastic backing, the
LEED AP credential will be administered by a separately incorporated
organization, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The formation
of GBCI creates administrative independence between the LEED Rating Systems and
the LEED AP credential -- an important requirement in seeking accreditation for
professional credentialing programs by the American National Standards Institute
USGBC will continue to handle development of
the LEED Rating Systems and offer LEED-based education programs. GBCI will
manage all aspects of the LEED Professional Accreditation program including exam
development, registration and delivery.
Nothing will change for LEED Accredited
Professionals except that the LEED AP Directory listing can now be updated at
the GBCI website, www.gbci.org.
gbci.org is also the place to learn about LEED Professional Accreditation,
register for the LEED AP exam, find LEED Accredited Professionals in your area,
and access your LEED AP exam records.
Contact Rightway for more information on
green entrance floor mat systems.