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with the confidence that the products and services you supply not only perform as expected but that meet – and continue to meet – appropriate standards. Many construction projects undergo BREEAM accreditation – the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. Products that have received BREEAM certification represent best practice in sustainable design, and the method has become the de facto measure used to describe a building’s environmental performance. Products that have also received Eurofins Gold Indoor air quality certification demonstrate a commitment to improving the internal environment. As we spend the majority of our time indoors, products must strive to achieve such accreditation.


Porthaven, Upon Mill (Kerry Southern of the Care Home Interiors Company) © Victoria Gibbs


Energy efficiency On an energy-saving front, it’s important to remember that carpet is an exceptionally good insulating material. Carpet fibres are natural insulators with low heat conduction values. In addition, the surface pile of carpet with its millions of tiny fibres traps air and further increases its thermal insulation and improves energy consumption. Heating accounts for a large proportion of the average household utility bill and some studies suggest that a home can lose 10-20% of its heat through uninsulated flooring. As a result, it’s estimated that energy savings of between 8-13% can be achieved with the installation of a carpet, with consequential reductions in energy costs.


Continuous review


Having these processes and procedures in place is fantastic but in order to stay up to date with current requirements and technological advances, product manufacturers must review what they are doing and how effective their processes actually are.


Through a combination of regular company audits and a schedule of ongoing tests, a company should constantly review and analyse what they do to ensure their products continue to meet high standards. This will help ensure they can deliver sustainable flooring that performs across the board.


Brio Retirement Living, Beechwood Park – Interior designers Anna Perovolari and Nadine Bentley


Catherine Helliker is marketing manager at Danfloor UK


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