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|7 May 2012|
Sustainable carpet solutions for global mining congolomerate.
Interface, a worldwide manufacturer of environmentally-friendly modular flooring was appointed by BHP Billiton, a global mining conglomerate to create an ultra-modern and sustainable environment for its spanking new 20,000-sq meters office located at Marina Bay Financial Centre. As a result, the world’s leading diversified resources company, which holds significant positions in major commodity businesses in oil, gas, liquefied natural gas and diamonds now boasts an inspiring work space that aptly reflects its vision, capabilities and steely philosophy on sustainability.
“Over the years, Interface has proven to be an excellent carpeting solutions provider, consistently delivering in terms of style, innovation and practicality. Its restorative efforts through its Mission Zero promise means that the company also pays close attention to the application of sustainability parameters in the lifecycle of its products.” explained Mr. Stephen Ho, Head of Facilities Management from BHP Billiton. “This includes taking into consideration its product life on a full lifecycle approach from manufacturing, distribution, installation, operations to end of life. In fact, through this project, BHP Billiton supported the reclamation of almost 2,800-sq meters of old carpet tiles under Interface’s ReEntry Program which recycles used carpets.”
Setting a new standard for the industry and pioneering transparency when it comes to sustainability, Interface recently obtained Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for all its products globally. With the company’s unrivalled focus on environmental sustainability and design, it’s no wonder it has emerged as the perfect collaborative partner for eco-conscious organisations like BHP Billiton.
Mr. Ho added “It is important to us that where possible and practical, the carpets we use have a low carbon footprint, a high recycled content and a low to zero VOC emission rate during application and installation. As such, we opted for the use of TacTiles, another Interface innovation instead of liquid glue for the installation of our carpets to reduce the VOCs in the office, helping us maintain a healthy quality of air in the office.”
Further commenting on the project, Robin Hales, Vice-president Marketing and Product Asia said, “BHP Billiton also utilised our Cool Carpet Program where we offer customers a choice of offsetting the carbon footprint of the carpets they purchase.
Apart from sustainability, Interface also helped support BHP Billiton in achieving its design objectives. Using the products Vermont and Superflor, the field designers developed a strong and modern scheme which complements BHP Billiton’s specific design requirements for its new office. The final product selection helps highlight their innovative feature areas and use of contemporary furniture amidst modern settings.
Robin concluded, “We are delighted with the finished office space. It’s a perfect exemplification of sustainability and style. To help other companies who are keen in going green, we have also created a case study of this project highlighting some key components in creating a sustainable interior.
Source: The CRSdigest