Do you remember when air pollution was the big, environmental concern? Legislation, electric cars and clean burning energy has helped narrow that focus to the quality of air in homes, or indoor air quality (IAQ). “IAQ is going to be a big deal, maybe even bigger than global warming,” predicted John Woolsey, vice president of sales for Anderson Hardwood. As homes get tighter to improve energy efficiency and die-hard activists move to metropolitan centers to reduce their carbon footprints, the quality of air indoors has become increasingly important.
Some of the main factors affecting IAQ are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and isocyanates, both of which are off-gasses commonly found in flooring adhesives. Today, companies can proudly advertise the absence of these compounds with third-party verifications from organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI), the GreenGuard Environmental Institute, and Scientific Certification Systems. With their help, adhesive companies are going to great lengths to improve the floors we walk on and the air we breathe.
Claiming to be one of the first adhesive companies to offer a full line of environmentally friendly products, A.A.T. practices what it preaches. In addition to offering products that qualify for Green Label plus certification from CRI and LEED specifications, its manufacturing processes produce no effluence, said Gregory Wood, president.
“Our engineers and formulators recapture materials from the compounding process and reuse those materials when making other products. This reduces water consumption and keeps material from entering the water supply.”
Wood highlighted its E2 Premium Hardwood Flooring adhesive as the latest innovation in high performance glue. “E2 is the initial product offering in A.A.T.’s ecologix family of green flooring adhesives.” Formulated for engineered, solid and bamboo flooring, it contributes to LEED credits in commercial interiors, new construction and existing buildings. It is also zero VOC, solvent free, void of isocyanates and contains the proprietary antimicrobial compound, Cleanguard.