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LEED AP’s (CI)- On-Staff At Commercial Carpets of America & Alexandria Carpet One Floor & Home

by Chris Moline, LEED AP
If you’ve worked on a project with LEED certification as the goal, you know how hard it can be to navigate the requirements for the USGBC rating system. I’ve heard people in the my industry (flooring) say, “Our product will get you LEED points” or “This is a LEED-certified product.”  Well, as a LEED Accredited Professional, I can tell you that it’s just not that easy.

In other words: They are full of hooey! (to put it politely.)

In fact, the US Green Building Council does not endorse any product.  It is the attributes of products, how they are made, and where they are made, among other factors, that can contribute to the achievement of points under the different paths available to building owners and tenants (Certified = 21-26 points; Silver = 27-31 points , Gold = 32-41 points, Platinum = 42-57 points). With such a low number of points, so much to gain in their achievement, and so many variables in the achievement of each, it’s understandable why a mis-guided novice would throw the “p” word around so loosely. Just thinking about it makes me shudder.

I’ll give you an example:
Let’s say you are moving into an existing space and are going to gut the interior finishings and start over. You should be aware of the following (this is not in any sense an exhaustive list):

–Watch what you send to a landfill:
If you divert 50% or more of your construction waste from a landfill by weight or volume, you get a point… Materials and Resources 2.1, Divert 50% from Landfill.  Make that 75% diverted and you get 2 points… go to 95% and you get a whopping 3 points for Exemplary Performance.
–You can donate items left on-site by previous tenants and count them towards goals for the same credit (donating used furnishings, carpet, etc… to Habitat For Humanity is one way of diverting waste from a landfill).
What types of finish materials can help you achieve various credits?
–Low VOC paints (good for your tenants and the environment are accounted for under Indoor Environmental Quality credit 4.2 Paints and Coatings)
–Use carpet (or anything else) manufactured within 500 miles of the project (MR5.1 Regional Materials.) If it’s CRI Green Label Plus, you’re even better off – EQ4.3, not to mention if it’s made of a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content MR4.1)
Go even further by specifying 20% of your materials that have been extracted and manufactured within 500 miles and you get another coveted point.
–Use only adhesives on-site that abide by SCAQMD 1168 standards.
–Baaa… excuse me… specify wool carpet (wool is a renewable resource and can be counted under MR6 Rapidly Renewable Materials along with linoleum, bamboo, cork and more.)
–How much it would cost to buy goods you intend to reuse or purchased used (MR3.1 Resource Reuse).
And so much more. But the materials in and of themselves do not get you the credit. It is given based of the percentage of your job total either by weight, volume, cost or replacement value relative to the job as a whole.

And some issues are non-negotiable such as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) control, having a collection and storage area for recyclables, and meeting IAQ and certain energy standards. You could earn 41 points and not achieve certification if you fail to meet any of the 6 pre-requisites:
-Fundamental Commisioning
-Minimum Energy Performance
-CFC Reduction in HVAC&R Equipment
-Storage and Collection of Recyclables
-Minimum IAQ Performance
-Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control

In fact, trying to figure this out without the assistance of someone who has experience and accreditation can be mind-numbing. I’ll speak from experience that learning materials and passing the required certification exam was one of the most daunting exercises I’ve undertaken.

Stay tuned to this blog because it will fill up with advice for owners and tenants, as well as advice for folks studying for the amazingly-difficult exam.
Until then, all the best!

Christopher Moline, LEED AP<hr><br>Residential Group Manager<br>Commercial Carpets of America <br>703-370-0000 <br><a href=
Christopher Moline, LEED AP
Residential Group Manager
Commercial Carpets of America
703-370-0000
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Just how hard is strand bamboo?

Want to hear an installer swear?

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Just how hard is bamboo?
I get asked this all the time.
But there is more to it.
Here I’ve chosen to highlight strand bamboo, the hardest configuration in bamboo for flooring.
In fact, that’s why we glue it down.
Nails won’t go… they just surrender because it is so hard.

Nails and strand bamboo... nails win!

What’s more, our crews need to change blades during larger installations (and use only carbide-tipped blades) and have a generally hard go at it when working with this amazingly-durable material.
The image above really shows it so I don’t need to write much…

Even natural bamboo is harder than red oak on the Janka hardness scale, but this just takes the cake. There are a few green things about a more-durable floor, namely life-cycle costs
If you’d like to learn more about Janka, bamboo, renewable resources in flooring, or anything flooring-related, just email or comment on this post.

I stock bamboo and you can buy it from us and take it home to install yourself (we’ll guide you if you believe you are up to it), or we can do it for you and back it with nearly 40 years’ experience. Just call 703-370-0000 and ask for Chris or email me directly.

All the best,

about Chris Moline, LEED AP

Chris is our Residential Group Manager & a US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional

Christopher Moline, LEED AP
Residential Group Manager
Commercial Carpets of America
703-370-0000
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Stock List Of Inventory Cove Base – Rubber, Vinyl, Straight, Cove & Coil in Northern Virginia

We’ve just finished inventory on our wall base stock. Below is a list of all of our must-go inventory in wall base. The number to the far right of each row is the quantity of cartons we have available.
Each carton is 100 – 120 linear feet total.
Prices range from .10/ft – .95/ft. We are making this inventory list available to all of our clients nationwide, so hurry because it will fly out the door at these prices.
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THE LIST CHANGES DAILY, SO EMAIL TO SEE IF WE STILL HAVE SPECIFIC COLORS.
Manufacturer Name Desc Item # Avail
PATCRAFT MILLS COLOR STILL MATTERS BLACK 084645WBASE-A 150
WORLD (STARNET) PREVIEW II 30 HERBAL TEA 49289480BASE 119
BENTLEY OVERLOOK CASCADE LAKES 8110490201BASE-A 140
J.J. HAINES ARM. 4″ VINYL CV 1/8 LIGHT GRAY ACB691/8-A 3
J.J. HAINES ARM. 4″ STRAIGHT 71 MID GREY ASB71-A 1
J.J. HAINES ARM. 4″ VINYL STRAIGHT PARCHMENT COIL STR ASB73CL-A 6
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BURKE MERCER 4″ RBR CV 1/8 CHARCOAL BRB217-CA 2
PATCRAFT BRIAN STORM / PDQIII BOOK TIP OF THE TONGUE DK29038BASE-A 148
SHAW INDUSTRIES DESIGN SERIES V 30 OZ GLOW DK62249BASE-A 375
SHAW INDUSTRIES(GSA) DESIGN ORIGINS CYP SOLID E64 E565319BASE-CA 1687
ELIAS WILF FLEXCO VINYL COVE 1/8 COIL DELFT PANSY 35 FCB35-CA 7
ELIAS WILF FLEXCO 2000 4″ RUB COVE BASE COILS DARK BEIGE 037 FRCB0371/8CL-C-A 6
ELIAS WILF FLEXCO 2000 4″ RUB COVE BASE 1/8″ COILS 037 DARK BEIGE FRCB0371/8CL-C-A 7
ELIAS WILF FLEXCO 2000  4″ RUB STRIGHT BASE 1/8 COILS 037 DARK BEIGE FRSB0371/8CL-C-A 22
ELIAS WILF FLEXCO 4″ COVE BASE – COILS BARK 02  .080 GUAGE FVCB02CL-A 2
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 2 1/2″VINYL CV SNOW WHITE JCB0121/2-A 1
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ VINYL COVE STONE/COIL PACK JCB051/8CL-A 11
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN 4″VNYL CV 1/8CL ICICLE JCB081/8CL-A 1
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 4″ VINYL COVE ICICLE JCB08-A 4
ROESEL HECK JOHN. 4″ VINYL COVE 1/8″ CEMENT JCB121-A 1
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 2 1/2″ VNYL CV CL MINERAL SPRINGS JCB12321/2CL-A 21
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 2 1/2″VINYL CV BUTTERNUT JCB14621/2-A 1
SOUTHERN TILE DISTRIBUTORS JOHN. 4″VINYL CV ,.080 , PCS MOUSI # 186 JCB186-C-A 10
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 6″ VINYL CV CL NAVY BLUE JCB186CL-A 1
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ VNYL CV 1/8 GREY HAZE JCB241/8-A 6
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 4″ VINYL COVE PURPLE SHADOW JCB26-A 10
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 4″ VNYL CV 1/8 MIST JCB271/8-A 1
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ VINYL CV 1/8 MYSTIC 276 JCB2761/8CL-A 6
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ VINYL COVE MIST 120′ COIL JCB27CL-A 30
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 4″ VNYL CV 1/8 PEBBLE JCB321/8CL-A 2
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 6″ VINYL COVE ADOBE PEACH JCB336-A 1
JOHNSONITE JOHN 2 1/2″ VNYL CV CL ALMOND JCB3421/2CL-A 14
ROESEL HECK JOHN. 4″ VINYL COVE .080, COILS PEWTER 38 JCB38CL-A 2
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 6″ VNYL CV BLACK JCB406-CA 6.75
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 2 1/2″ VINYL CV SANDALWOOD JCB4521/2-A 1
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SOUTHERN TILE
JOHN. 4″ VINYL COVE SANDALWOOD JCB45CL-A 1
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 6″ VINYL CV 1/8 DUSK JCB5461/8-A 5.75
ROESEL HECK JOHN. 4″ VINYL COVE, .080, COILS DUSK # 054 JCB54CL-CA 1
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 4″ VNYL CV 1/8CL SILVER GREY JCB551/8CL-A 17
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 6″ VNYL CV 1/8CL WINDSOR BLUE 100′ JCB586CL-A 4
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN.6″ VIN COVE 1/8 BURNT UMBER JCB631/8-A 1
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 6″ VINYL COVE .080, PCS BURNT UMBER JCB636-A 7
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 2 1/2″ VINYL CV WHITE SAND 1/8 COIL JCB6821/2CL-A 4
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ VNYL CV 1/8 CL PALM LEAF JCB731/8CL-A 22
ROESEL HECK JOHN. 4″ VINYL COVE, 080 CINNAMON # 76 JCB76-C-A 2
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 6″ VNYL CV 1/8 CL BLUE JEANS JCB8461/8CL-A 10
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 4″ VINYL COVE MOSS JCB89-A 1
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 6″ RUB CV 1/8 MOONROCK JRC291/86-A 1
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ RBR CV1/8CL FUDGE JRCB1671/8CL-A 1
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 6″ RBR CV 1/8 CL NAVY BLUE JRCB1861/8CL-A 10
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ RBR COVE COIL SANDLEWOOD 45 JRCB451/8CL-CA 2
ROESEL HECK JOHN. RUBBER COVE COIL 80 FAWN JRCB801/8CL-C-A 2
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ RUBBER COVE HUNTER GREEN JRCB866-A 1
ROESEL HECK JOHN. 4″ RUB COVE BASE 1/8CL BLUE LAGOON #92 JRCB921/8CL-CA 10
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 4″ RBR ST 1/8 SNOW WHITE JRSB01-A 3
ROESEL HECK JOHN. 4″ RBR STRAIGHT 1/8 CL ICICLE # 08 JRSB081/8CL-CA 4
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 2 1/2″ RBR STR 1/8 COIL ICICLE JRSB0821/2CL-A 7
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ RBR ST1/8CL NAVY BLUE JRSB181/8CL-CA 10
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN 21/2″RBR ST 1/8 NAVY BLUE JRSB1821/2CL-CA 13
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ RUBBER ST COIL BLACK JRSB40CL-A 2
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ RBR ST1/8CL BURNT UMBER JRSB631/8CL-CA 1
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN 21/2″RBR ST 1/8 BURNT UMBER JRSB6321/2CL-CA 17
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ RBR ST1/8CL BLUEST JRSB701/8CL-CA 2
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ RBR ST1/8CL HARBOUR JRSB7218CL-A 8
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ RBR STRAIGHT  1/8 BLUE JEANS JRSB841/8-A 4
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JOHN. 3 1/4″ RBR TGHTLCK STERLING SILVER JRTL6931/4-A 1
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4 1/4″ RECESSED WALL BASE 129 SILK JRWDC129CL-CA 11
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4 1/4″ RECESSED BASE MOON ROCK 29 JRWDCT29-A 13
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 2 1/2″ VINYL ST SNOW WHITE JSB0121/2-A 3
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 4″ VNYL ST 1/8CL ICICLE JSB081/8CL-CA 1
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 2 1/2 VINYL ST BUTTERNUT JSB14621/2-A 1
ROESEL HECK JOHN. 4″ VNYL ST 1/8 – COILS MILK CHOCOLATE # 149 JSB1491/8CL-CA 1
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 2 1/2″ RBR CV 1/8 STEEL JSB17921/2CL-A 14
ROESEL HECK JOHN 4″ STRAIGHT, VINYL, 1/8, COIL GREIGE # 190 JSB1901/8CL-CA 1
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 4″ VNYL ST 1/8 PEARL JSB221/8CL-A 4
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ VNYL ST 1/8 MOON ROCK JSB291/8CL-A 7
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ VNYL 1/8 CL BLACK JSB401/8CL-A 1
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ VINYL COVE SILVER GREY STRAIGHT JSB55-A 1
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ VINYL ST WHITE SAND JSB68-A 2
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 4″ VNYL ST 1/8 HARBOUR – COIL JSB721/8CL-A 11
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 4″ VINYL ST HARBOUR JSB72-A 2
JOHNSONITE JOHN. 2 1/2″  VNYL ST 1/8 FAWN JSB8021/2-A 1
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ VINYL COVE HUNTER GREEN COIL JSB86CL-A 10
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 2 1/2″ VINYL ST BLUE LAGOON JSB9221/2-A 4
SOUTHERN TILE JOHN. 4″ TIGHTLOCK RES MEDIUM GRAY JTRCB28-A 3
BAYARD MERCER 4″ COVE BASE ROSEWOOD MCB219-CA 15
BAYARD SALES MERCER 4″ RUBBER ST 1/8 BLUISH WHITE MSB168-A 22
SOUTHERN TILE NAFCO 4″ VINYL COVE CB11 FOSSIL NCB11-CA 1
NAFCO NAFCO 6″ VINYL COVE CB14 ALMOND NCB1461/8-C-A 2
NAFCO NAFCO 4″ VINYL COVE CB30 AUTUMN ROSE NCB30-CA 12
SOUTHERN TILE
NAFCO 4″ VINYL COVE BROWN # CB37 NCB37-C-A 9
NAFCO NAFCO 6″ VINYL CV 1/8 CB58 SHADOW GREEN NCB5861/8-A 10
SOUTHERN TILE NAFCO 4″ VINYL COVE CB74 CAMEL NCB74-A 1
SOUTHERN TILE NAFCO 6″ VINYL CV 1/8 CB77 CANVAS NCB7761/8-A 1
SOUTHERN TILE NAFCO 6″ VINYL COVE CB79 SIERRA TAUPE NCB796-A 4
NAFCO NAFCO 4″ VINYL COVE CB79 SIERRA TAUPE NCB79-A 3
SOUTHERN TILE NAFCO 4″ VINYL COVE BLUE BELL NCB97-A 2
SOUTHERN TILE NAFCO 4″ VINYL STR. CB57 MOSS NSB57-A 14
NAFCO NAFCO 4″ VINYL STR. BLACK NSB80-A 10
PATCRAFT MILLS BRAINSTORM ROUNDTABLE PF135832CBASE 100
PATCRAFT/DESIGN WEAVE 10203 COLOR CHOICE 00760 TAUPE PH22906BASE-C-A 110
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE 4″ BLEND CV CL BURGUNDY RBCB185CL-CA 7
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE 4″VNYL CV 18CL CAMEL RCB1911/8CL-A 6
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE 4″ VINYL COVE BLACK BROWN RCB193-A 1
ROPPE ROPPE 2 1/2″ VINYL 1/8 CL BLACK RCBP1001/8-A 3
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE VINYL 4″ COVE 1/8, COIL NATURAL # 122 RCBP1221/8CL-C-A 3
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE 6″ VINYL COVE STEEL GREY RCBP1481/8-A 8
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE 6″ VINYL CV BS STEEL GREY (P148) RCBP1481/8CA 3
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE 6″ VINYL COVE .080 , PCS SALEM BLUE # 154 RCBP154-A 1
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE 4″ VINYL COVE, 4′ PCS SNOW RCBP161-A 1
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE VINYL 4″ COVE 1/8, COIL COLONIAL BLUE # 165 RCBP1651/8CL-C-A 4
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE PINNACLE PLUS COVE BASE #40 SLATE P175 RCBP175-A 1
ROPPE ROPPE 4 1/2″ RBR COV TOFFEE RCBP182CL-A 6
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ROPPE VINYL 4″ COVE 1/8, COIL RED # 186 RCBP1861/8CL-C-A 1
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE 4″ VINYL COV 1/8″ PCS BLUE RCBP1871/8-A 2
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE 6″ VINYL COV 1/8″ PCS BLUE RCBP18761/8-A 1
ROPPE ROPPE 4″ RBR CV COIL CAMEL BEIGE RRCB130CL-A 4
ROPPE . ROPPE 4″ RBR COV1/8 BUCKSKIN RRCBP1301/8-A 3
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE 4″ RBR COV1/8 – COILS BISQUE # P131 RRCBP131CL-CA 13
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE 4 1/2 ” RBR COV, 1/8, PCS DARK GRAY $ P-150 RRCBP1501/8-A 2
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE 4″RUB.CV.1/8, CL STEEL BLUE # 177 RRCBP1771/8CL-A 4
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE 4″ RBR COV1/8 BLUE RRCBP187-CA 17
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE RUBBER STRINGER 10″ DEEP NAVY # 139 RRS10139-C-A 7
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE 4″ RBR STR1/8 SAND P158 RRSBP158-CA 18
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE 4″ RBR STR 1/8 SNOW # 161 RRSBP161CL-A 3
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE 4″ RBR STRAIGHT1/8 COIL CHEMELEON 624 RRSBP6241/8CL-A 10
STANLEY STEPHENS ROPPE 4″ BLEND STR CL CAMEL RSB1911/8CL-A 4
STANLEY STEPHENS CO. ROPPE 4″ VINYL STRAIGHT  .080 COILS CHARCOAL RSTBP132CL-C-A 6
STAFFORD DISTRIBUTOR VPI 4″ RUBBER STR 798 LONDON GREY VPIS798-A 9
RE:SOURCE VPI 4″ STRT 1/8 COIL BURNT UMBER VSB541/8-A 22
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Christopher Moline<hr><br>Residential Group Manager<br>Commercial Carpets of America <br>703-370-0000 <br><a href=
Christopher Moline
Residential Group Manager
Commercial Carpets of America