More than 1,500 years ago, Italian artisans learned to mix marble scraps—waste material from other projects—with cement to create beautiful flooring designs for lobbies, plazas, and other public spaces.
The reuse of materials is as important today as it was centuries ago. As green and sustainable architecture becomes increasingly important, terrazzo’s characteristics of longevity and use of recycled materials remain strong assets.
NCTA contractors have done work on many LEED-certified buildings in the region. Whether it’s to meet civic or client mandates or to fit the floor in a creative design space, terrazzo’s environmental design has it covered.
Here’s how terrazzo helps get the points you need to meet LEED certification.
- Durable Construction Promotes Longevity
Long-lasting construction eliminates environmental impact of replacement. The flooring can be preserved even if the building is updated 60 or 70 years later.
- Resource Efficient
Terrazzo construction uses locally sourced materials.
- Eco-friendly Composition
Terrazzo designs can use recycled glass and other materials.
- Clean Air
Terrazzo construction uses zero-VOC materials. The finished product has little to zero off-gassing.
- Green Maintenance
Annual and routine maintenance can be done using environmentally friendly products using energy efficient methods.
For more information on LEED credits and how terrazzo supports sustainability, see our blog posts.