South African architects and designers are highly conscious about functionality, aesthetics and recent environmental legislature. This has partially contributed to the success of natural flooring like Quartz Carpet, which is comprised of aggregates and resin binders.The binder constitutes approximately 10% of the volume of the system; with the remainder being natural stones.
The hard and non-porous characteristics of Quartz Carpet, and its low-VOC materials, exhibit little or no off-gassing during the lifespan of the cured floor. This discourages bacterial growth, mould or decay by not allowing moisture to accumulate, and a mould-free environment leads to better air quality.
Quartz Carpet does not require chemicals or waxes in order to be correctly maintained. Cleaning of the floor requires only neutral PH cleaners and water. A bi-annual wet-to-dry vacuum cleaning and extraction is all that is necessary.
The 20+ year lifespan of Quartz Carpet beats most widely used interior-flooring systems hands down. This long-term durability of the Quartz Carpet system, means that it is replaced less often than most other flooring types. The minimal maintenance requirement results in a floor that goes easy on the environment, as well as being cost-effective and low maintenance.
Quartz Carpet practices environmental responsibility according to sustainability concepts developed in the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LED) programme.
Quartz Carpet contributes to environmental sustainability and the aggregates, binders and finished flooring systems used could contribute to the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) credits.
The few chemicals used in manufacturing and installing Quartz Carpet are monitored under the ICCA’s Responsible Care programme. In addition, all Quartz Carpet’s products are stored, handled, installed and disposed of in compliance with all environmental laws.
Quartz Carpet is committed to the continued exploration and revision of procedures, systems and working practices in order to reduce pollution or environmental impact, while still ensuring the highest product quality.
View the PDF as it appears in Floors Magazine, May 2010.