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    Recycled tiles in school walkways and cafeterias require very low maintenance.
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    True linoleum, unlike vinyl flooring, is made from wood flour, cork, and linseed oil. It gets harder over time and makes for an attractive, durable surface.
  • Using Sustainable Materials
    Sustainable schools start at design and construction. Choosing building products that have incorporated post-consumer or post-industrial recycled-content waste, locally grown or manufactured, or rapidly renewable materials reduces environmental impact.  The US EPA’s Comprehensive Procurement Guideline (CPG) program provides fact sheets for various product categories as well as a list of materials with recommended recycled-content levels.
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
    Typically, architects and engineers primarily consider first cost when choosing materials. Performance of materials over time, how they serve their intended function within the building, and cost to maintain or replace them should be the primary consideration. Often, the greatest savings in the long run can be garnered by using technologies that will be considered efficient long into the future.
  • Broad Environmental Perspective
    The ongoing environmental impact of materials is also significant. Indoor air quality can be improved by eliminating or minimizing volatile organic compounds in paint, carpet, and adhesives, and by avoiding formaldehyde found in plywood, particleboard, composite doors, furnishings and cabinets.
 
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