Seven Sustainable Choices for a Doctor’s Office

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Carpet

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Sheet goods and Tile

Linoleum is a more sustainable product and manufacturing companies include Torlys, Armstrong and Forbo. Colors between manufacturers are similar. The 12 inch x 12 inch VCT tile can be made with recycled content. The Armstrong product is an option.

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Door, Base, Crown, Mouldings & Panels

On all wood products it is important to use formaldehyde free and safe smelling glue if any composite material is used. Safe paints and sealers shall be used. Examples include Sansin Corp. waterbased stain, Vermont natural coating, mapei floor sealer, AFM safecoat stains, sealers and caulking. Recycled content Johnsonite Traditional Wall base is also an option.

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Wood, Paint & Wall coverings

To protect indoor air quality a no VOC paint formula shall be used.

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Ceilings

Armstrong’s bio acoustical panel made from jute is a great T grid system option.

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Hardware Finishes: recycled content materials, or a locally manufactured option are best.

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Formica and Wilsonart have environmental goals if laminate is preferred in any office.

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Inspirational Images are then used to begin an educated discussion about the look of the finish materials.

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