Interface Sustainability Presentation

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Nadine Gudz of Interface presents a Manufacturers perspective on Sustainable Building Materials. Presented to the Toronto CSBA Course

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Interface Sustainability Presentation

  1. 1. SUSTAINABLE MATERIALSProduct and Company sustainability inactionNadine GudzDirector, Sustainability Strategynadine.gudz@interface.com
  2. 2. OUTLINE- Who is Interface?- Life Cycle thinking, assessment, stewardshipin action- Complex world of materials evaluation- What’s next?
  3. 3. OUTLINE- complex world of materials evaluation
  4. 4. Take Make Waste THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION Only 6% of material flow ends up in productsTHE SUSTAINABILITY NoREVOLUTION Waste
  5. 5. SEVEN FRONTS OF MOUNT SUSTAINABILITY1. Eliminate Waste2. Benign Emissions3. Renewable Energy4. Closing the Loop5. Resource-Efficient Transportation6. Sensitivity Hookup7. Redesign Commerce
  6. 6. $440 MILLION IN AVOIDEDWASTE COSTS, GLOBALLY
  7. 7. 2011 ECOMETRICS HIGHLIGHTS 47%ENERGY USE per unit of production since 1996RENEWABLE ENERGY31% of total energy use 64%NON-RENEWABLE ENERGY USE per unit of production since 1996GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS 34% from BaselineRECYCLED MATERIALS 44% of total raw materials use 88%WASTE TO LANDFILL per unit of production since 1996 84%WATER USE per unit of production since 1996
  8. 8. BIO-INSPIREDDESIGN
  9. 9. INSPIRED BY NATURAL SYSTEMSWe created i2 usingbiomimicry – an approach thatseeks sustainable designsolutions based on life’sprinciples.Like leaves on a forest floor,i2 tiles vary from one to theother – yet they cometogether to form beautifuldesigns.
  10. 10. INSPIRED BY NATURAL SYSTEMSMergeable dye lots- Less attic stock requiredTiles blend regardless of when theyrepurchased or installedLonger life on the floori2 non-directional- Installs faster than roll carpet ordirectional modular carpetCreates less waste since scraps canbe reused along the edges Original i2, non directional product – Entropy. Total Recycled Content is 62-74%. Innovation
  11. 11. MEASURING GLOBAL WARMING IMPACT POTENTIAL Greenhouse gas emissions Approx. 30 lbs of GHGs for 1 yd2 of carpet Recycling 71% End of Life/ 10% 9% 7% UseRaw material Use & extraction Manufacturing Product Maintenance Transportation 3% Landfill
  12. 12. WHAT IS LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT?A science-based methodology forassessing the environmentalperformance of a product over its fulllife cycle- standardized byISO 14040 series- 3 main parts: 1) scope,2) inventory, 3) impacts
  13. 13. LIFE CYCLE STEWARDSHIP
  14. 14. CLOSING THE LOOP:RE-ENTRY 2.0 CARPETRECLAMATION & RECYCLING
  15. 15. the LoopFiber is separated and broadloom backing is removed to be further processed
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  17. 17. Loop - fiberFace fiber is bailed and shipped to Universal Fibers
  18. 18. CONTROVERSIALMATERIALS
  19. 19. www.pharosproject.net (v2, 5/07/12)
  20. 20. EPD STANDS FORENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTDECLARATIONIt is a statement of product ingredients andpotential environmental impacts during the life ofa product.
  21. 21. EPD IS BASED ON LIFECYLE DATAEPD IS THIRD-PARTY VERIFIEDEPD MEETS ISO STANDARDS
  22. 22. EPD is not: -A performance rater -A sustainability claim -A system Interface developed for its own purposes
  23. 23. TRANSPARENCY LEADERSHIPINITIATIVE/STANDARD DEVELOPED BY INTERFACE STATUS ENVIRONMENTAL ISO (14025 & 14040) 90% OF PRODUCTSPRODUCT DECLARATION COVERED BY UL- CERTIFIED EPDs (ALL PRODUCTS BY END OF 2012) PHAROS PROJECT HEALTHY BUILDING ALL PRODUCT DATA NETWORK (HBN) (NORTH AMERICA) IN DATABASE HEALTH PRODUCT HBN & PILOT MANUFACTURER DECLARATION BUILDINGGREEN.COM DECLARE LIVING BUILDING IN DISCUSSIONS CHALLENGE (ILBI)
  24. 24. LEED v. 4 - MATERIALSDISCLOSURE & OPTIMIZATION
  25. 25. CALL TO ACTIONIf you are a design professional, firm, or companyworking in the Building Sector (architects,designers, planners, interior designers, landscapearchitects, builders, and/or developers, etc.),Architecture 2030 encourages you to adopt the2030 Challenge for Products and pledge to requestthird party expert verified Life Cycle Assessment(LCA) and, where possible, Environmental ProductDeclaration (EPD), results from productmanufacturers and specify low-carbon buildingproducts that meet the Challenge targets.
  26. 26. Architecture2030.org
  27. 27. SOME TAKE-AWAYS…- Is a product really green if it’s made in a pollutingfactory?- “Sustainable” is not a specialized product line- Radical transparency -> More complete picture ->Smarter choices -> More sustainable buildings- “Controversial materials” = good conversationstarters about ALL materials

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