For a harmonized approach to green office solutions, companies can use LEED standards as their guide, following the codes for each section of the building. One part of LEED that your company may not have thought much about is the entry mat: it may be a relatively nondescript part of the building, but the choice made here can play into LEED compliance as well.
When sourcing materials for furniture, it helps to find a provider that can handle requests efficiently and meet the desired LEED goals. At the same time that they renovate the workstations and office space, companies can turn their attention to other, perhaps more minor areas.
Writing for Environmental Leader, Adam Strizzi of Crown Matting Technologies discussed the ways entry mats can play into LEED awareness and a general attempt to “go green.” He explained that mats provide “source control” at an entryway by preventing the facility from being contaminated during everyday use.
“They stop soil at the source – outside – and help prevent it from being walked in,” he writes. “Because so many of the soils in a facility originate from outside, keeping them from being walked into a facility reduces the amount of cleaning solutions needed to maintain the location.”
Working with specialists who understand LEED and can apply it to different tasks will help companies improve their overall green status and check the quality of furniture materials. Knowing where pieces come from can also help you feel more assured about the furnishing choices you make for your office.