FLOORS & FLOOR COVERINGS
Jon Smith, national supply chain director at CFS, discusses how those involved in the specification and
installation of floor coverings can take steps to reduce their environmental impact.
With ‘green’ issues high on the
agenda for the construction
industry, there are steps that can
be taken by all levels of the supply
chain to improve the sustainability of a project.
By discussing the environmental impact of
products and service at the procurement stage,
we can encourage suppliers and manufacturers
to adopt an eco-friendly mindset, to the
benefit of the whole industry. This doesn’t
just mean building zero carbon buildings and
revolutionising the industry as we know it; smaller
steps can be made to help meet achievable targets.
Recent studies show that 32% of landfill waste
within the UK comes from the construction and
demolition of buildings, with 13% of products
delivered to construction sites being sent directly
to landfill without being used. This shouldn’t be
We must become
happening. Whilst the industry has taken steps to
improve the sustainability of a project at design
level, often furnishings such as floor coverings are
not considered, something that can have a huge
impact. The considered specification of products
at design stage can ensure that waste is reduced.
For example, specifying carpet tiles as opposed to
broadloom can significantly decrease the amount
of waste generated through flooring specification
as cut-offs are reduced and excess product can be
installed elsewhere in the building.
It is also worth bearing in mind that when
installing vinyl flooring, any leftover product can be
recycled using the national vinyl take-back scheme
Recofloor. Recofloor will collect post-installation
vinyl flooring and recycle it into new flooring,
further limiting the industry’s carbon impact.
This also has a positive impact when it comes
BUILDING PRODUCTS | MAY 8