In recent years, it has become hard not to come across the word sustainability in both professional and personal life. For those of you in the architecture and interior design business, you likely hear this word daily. And there is good reason for that. Architects especially have the responsibility and opportunity to bring sustainable solutions to market for both the planet and the people inhabiting the spaces they create.
Since 2013, the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) has touted their report “Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan,” which cites an interesting trend: physical spaces are connected to energy and health. Architectural innovation in these areas has a chance to both serve the best interest of those who occupy buildings, and the environmental settings in which the buildings are staged.
Incorporating Arclin TFL into design plans addresses both of these components of innovative, high-quality architecture. With its environmentally friendly, health conscious design and production, TFL is an excellent choice for architects seeking to make a positive impact.
The field of architecture is increasingly tasked with being mindful not only of the physical elements of design, but also its environmental effects. For example, rating systems such as LEED and regulations like the International Green Construction Code are taking into account performance aspects of design. Whether architects are asked to improve existing structures or are creating something completely new, TFL can be a game-changer.
TFL fulfills the needs of specifiers and buyers looking for responsible building materials. Using TFL in place of wood and wood-related products can be a critical step in creating greener buildings. TFL’s substrate looks like natural surfaces, without the potentially devastating environmental impacts. With its Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certification, Arclin’s manufacturing facilities are examples of excellence in production. TFL can contribute to LEED EQ Credit 4.4 ratings for improved air quality. Further, Arclin’s proprietary E-Gen® designation is further assurance of exceptional performance with low environmental impact.
Architecture also plays a vital role in ensuring built environments are productive partners in addressing health and wellness concerns for those who occupy them. Whether it is being mindful of public health concerns in commercial buildings or personal wellness in residential sectors, TFL is a smart option for architects.
Some of the elements that make TFL environmentally sound – such as zero-emitting panels – are also a boon in regard to health. Its germ-resistant surfaces and ease of maintenance and cleaning also contribute on this front. While all TFL products are exceptional choices when keeping in mind occupants’ and residents’ health, some overlays are available with Greenguard certification, further enhancing its protective qualities. Further, none of TFL’s health benefits need supersede its aesthetic appeal – whether in public or private design settings, attractive design elements are guaranteed.
If you are interested in further exploring how Arclin TFL might play into your upcoming architectural projects, please contact us for more information.