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Free Axez – raised access flooring system contributes to LEED points/credits

Following is a breakdown of our Free Axez raised access flooring system relative to the USGBC LEED rating system.

LEED Credit Contributions

(email a LEED AP for more information)

MR Credit 1 – Building Reuse
MR Credit 2 – Construction Waste Management
MR Credit 3 – Materials Reuse
MR Credit 4 – Recycled Content

MR Credit 1 Breakdown:
Excerpts from Green Building Rating System For New Construction & Major Renovations (LEED-NC) Version 2.1
Intent
Extend the life cycle of existing building stock, conserve resources,
retain cultural resources, reduce waste and reduce environmental
impacts of new buildings as they relate to materials manufacturing and transport.

Requirements
Maintain at least 75% of existing building structure and shell (exterior skin
and framing, excluding window assemblies and non-structural roofing material.)

Potential Technologies & Strategies
Consider reuse of existing buildings, including structure, shell and
non-shell elements. Remove elements that pose contamination risk to
building occupants and upgrade outdated components such as windows,
mechanical systems and plumbing fixtures. Quantify the extent of building reuse.
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How FreeAxez All Steel Low-Profile Flooring System Contributes to Building Reuse:
FreeAxez provides significant benefits for the retrofit and renovation of existing
structures. Today’s demand for hi-tech space requires significant power/voice/data cabling.
Oftentimes existing buildings are considered completely obsolete due to the difficulty
in running these cables. Raised flooring solves this problem, and the FreeAxez
design is optimal since it does not attach to the building at the sub floor or walls.

The FreeAxez low profile wire management system accommodates
power/voice/data cables to allow older buildings to meet the current
and future technology requirements of the modern office environment.

Historic structures are a perfect application for FreeAxez. As a result of its unique design, the gravity-held FreeAxez floors can lay on top of existing terrazzo, marble or wood floors without any destruction to the floor. Since the floor is not screwed or connected to the walls, FreeAxez does not damage the fine woodwork on the walls.
As the lowest profile access floor on the market (at 1.6” in height), the freeaxez floor allows for complete wire management with negligible impact to the vertical dimension. In lower existing floor-to-ceiling space, the addition of drop ceilings or tall floors to run wires often compresses the space to such an extent as to make reuse of the space impractical. FreeAxez extends the life cycle of existing building stock.
FreeAxez installation results in negligible invasive / destructive impact to the existing floor and walls, as the system is gravity-held and assembled without glues, screws or fasteners. Core-drilling for wires is virtually eliminated, thus preserving the existing floor/wall structure and facades. FreeAxez conserves resources, conserves cultural resources and reduces waste.
Once FreeAxez is installed, the space can be reconfigured continually for new occupants or changes in intended use without impacting the existing structure.

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MR Credit 2 – Construction Waste Management

Excerpts from Green Building Rating System For New Construction & Major Renovations (LEED-NC) Version 2.1

Intent
Divert construction, demolition and land clearing debris from landfill disposal. Redirect recyclable recovered resources back to the manufacturing process. Redirect reusable materials to appropriate sites.

Requirements
Recycle and/or salvage at least 50% of construction, demolition and land clearing waste.

Potential Technologies & Strategies
Consider recycling land debris, cardboard, metal, brick, concrete, plastic, clean wood, glass, gypsum wall-board, carpet and insulation.
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How FreeAxez All Steel Low-Profile Flooring System Contributes to Construction Waste Management:
FreeAxez minimizes construction waste at both initial construction and in the future when the space is vacated or planned for demolition. Moves, adds and changes are handled easily and efficiently without frustration or feelings of obsolescence for the occupants. FreeAxez prolongs the lifecycle of useful space for any given project by 2 or 3 times.
FreeAxez is gravity-held and is assembled without glues, screws or fasteners. The FreeAxez array of intelligent border components allows any space to fitted without the need for cutting metal and producing waste. A FreeAxez installation produces negligible construction waste and therefore diverts material from landfill disposal.
When a space is vacated or planned for demolition, the portability attribute of FreeAxez allows for the redirection and reuse of material to the next application. The durable FreeAxez all steel floor can be disassembled, transported and reassembled / reused many times without degradation. If there is no planned follow-on space requirement, the manufacturer will buy back the material for up to 10 years from purchase. Also, the FreeAxez floor is 100% recyclable. A FreeAxez installation diverts material from landfill disposal.

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MR Credit 3 – Materials Reuse

Excerpts from Green Building Rating System For New Construction & Major Renovations (LEED-NC) Version 2.1

Intent
Reuse building materials and products in order to reduce demand for virgin materials and to reduce waste, thereby reducing impacts associated with the extraction and processing of virgin resources.

Requirements
Use salvaged, refurbished or reused materials such that the sum of these materials constitutes at least 5%, based on cost, of the total value of material on the project.

Potential Technologies & Strategies
Identify opportunities to incorporate salvaged materials into building design and research potential material suppliers. Consider salvaged materials such as beams and posts, flooring, paneling, doors and frames, cabinetry, brick and decorative items.
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How FreeAxez All Steel Low-Profile Flooring System Contributes to Materials Reuse:

When a space is vacated or planned for demolition, the portability attribute of FreeAxez allows for the redirection and reuse of material to the next application. The durable FreeAxez all steel floor can be disassembled, transported and reassembled / reused many times without degradation. If there is no planned follow-on space requirement, the manufacturer will buy back the material for up to 10 years from purchase. Also, the FreeAxez floor is 100% recyclable. A FreeAxez installation diverts material from landfill disposal.

Materials & Resources Credit 4: Recycled Content

Materials & Resources Credit 4: Recycled Content intends to increase demand for building products that incorporate recycled content materials, therefore reducing impacts resulting from extraction and processing of new virgin materials. As discussed and demonstrated below, steel building products contribute positively toward earning points under Credit 4.1 and Credit 4.2. The following is required by LEED Version 2.2:

Credit 4.1 (1 point) “Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one-half of the pre-consumer content constitutes at least 10% of the total value of the materials in the project.”

Credit 4.2 (1 point) “Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one-half of the pre-consumer content constitutes at least 20% of the total value of the materials in the project.”

The value of the recycled content portion of a material or furnishing shall be determined by dividing the weight of recycled content in the item by the total weight of all material in the item, then multiplying the resulting percentage by the total value of the item.” Since steel (the material) and steel (the building product) are the same, the value of the steel building product is directly multiplied by steel’s recycled content, or: Steel Recycled Content Value = (Value of Steel Product) x (Post-Consumer % + ½ Pre-Consumer %)

The formula above calculates the post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled content percentages for steel building products. These percentages and values are easily entered into the LEED Letter Template spreadsheet for calculation. The following shows the computation and results for FreeAxez recycled content:

FreeAxez 40 & FreeAxez 70 All Steel Low-Profile Access Floor Recycled Content Value:

Steel Recycled Content Value = ($10,000) x (35% + ½ 10%) = ($10,000) x (40%) = $4,000

$4000/$10,000 = 40% (Exceeds 10% and 20% goals)

For more information on Free Axez, call Ralph Grove, LEED AP at 703-370-0000 or email.

Alexandria Carpet One receives Angie’s List Super Service Award

Angie's List Super Service Award Winner

Flooring Service Excellence
in Washington DC

We have been working with Angie’s List clients for years and this award shows why. Maybe it’s our Beautiful Guarantee, unmatched buying power as a part of the Carpet One network, or nearly 40 years in business in the DC area. If you are looking for floors for your home or business in Northern Virginia, Washington DC or Maryland, give us a call at 703-370-0000 or send an email.

All the best,

Chris


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Free Axez – Raised Access Flooring in DC, Northern Virginia & Maryland Tate Access Floor

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Are you looking for a cost-effective solution to your cable-management woes that can also contribute substantially to LEED ratings?
Commercial Carpets of America offers Free Axez, the premier low profile raised floor and access flooring system for wire management and cable management.  It’s a patented all steel, quick-connect low profile access floor – the strongest raised floor, the most adaptable raised floor, and the most cost-effective raised access flooring system available in the world.
The following information includes substantial information regarding MR credits in LEED NC, as well as a general overview of what Free Axez can do for your operation. (email a LEED AP for more specific information)

Whether used as a raised access floor, computer floor, or general office floor, FreeAxez provides optimal wire and cable management, saving life cycle costs and greatly improving workplace efficiency for the modern office and computer environment.
Installed without tools, these floor components can be laid in place and fully wired in a few days. (Normally it takes weeks of work using expensive labor and plenum cable.) And this system can be removed or changed at any time thereafter to provide maximum flexibility.


Cost/Value relationships:
Maximized with this system throughout the project life cycle and facilities life.
As a true green, 100% recyclable product, you’re gaining valuable LEED credits in design, as well as providing clients with great economic and utilitarian advantages.

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Email us to discover all the benefits and cost savings FreeAxez offers architects and owners with the initial purchase and for years to follow.

FreeAxez is permitted to be installed with non-plenum rated cabling. As such, FreeAxez unlike the competition, keeps the toxins found on the sheathing of plenum-rated cabling out of the food chain.
FreeAxez provides re-use capability to allow older buildings to meet current and future technology and connectivity requirements for the modern office environment.
FreeAxez is fabricated from recycled steel, and is 100% recyclable and reusable.
FreeAxez is refundable via a 10 Year Buy-Back Program (see below).

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LEED Credit Contributions

Click the above link for more information on these Material & Resource credits and how Free Axez contributes to them.
MR Credit 1 – Building Reuse
MR Credit 2 – Construction Waste Management
MR Credit 3 – Materials Reuse
MR Credit 4 – Recycled Content

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For more information, email Ralph Grove, LEED AP or call 571-482-7160.

Virginia, Maryland, DC Shop At Home Carpet, Bamboo, Hardwood Flooring Service

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by Chris Moline, LEED AP

Relax and let us come to you.

Are you interested in a Shop-At-Home appointment for carpet, tile, hardwood or laminate flooring? If you have a pretty good idea as to what you’re interested in, we can bring samples within that range to your home. The convenience can’t be beat because our Shop at Home service brings the showroom to your home!

If you’ve ever been to a showroom and brought the sample home only to find the color looks completely different, I can help.

Email me and you’ll be on your way to a very user-friendly experience.

Forget about traffic and shop barefoot!
Working around your schedule, you’ll be able to  match samples to your room, lighting and style.

In fact, color is crucial in making a flooring decision and, more often than not, the decision is not final until the samples are seen in-home, where lighting is as it will be and existing furnishings can be matched more exactly.
The business I had for over 10 years was built on the shop-at-home principle and it helped my customers save time and ensure they’re making the right choice by making it in the area where their new flooring will be installed.
If you think you may be interested in an appointment, give us a call or send me an email to set one up.

Know that you have the resources of a nation-wide company and a large, local showroom behind you.
You can start your process shopping at home, then come to our store to see all of the many available options.
We also offer all financing options and the best guarantees in the business as a Carpet One store.

All the best!

Horses That Heal, Horses For Heroes & Wounded Warriors – an organization worth supporting

MTR

At Commercial Carpets of America and Alexandria Carpet One, we routinely support organizations that do good.
This one, however, is close to my heart as my oldest son benefits from the use of horses in specialized therapy.  
With the rise in the number of children diagnosed with conditions in the autism spectrum, this type of therapy shows promise, but it benefits more than just that segment.
According to Maryland Therapeutic Riding, using horses for therapy is a growing and widely-accepted treatment for rehabilitating a range of physical, mental, and emotional disabilities.
Conditions served include: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, neuromuscular disorders, post-traumatic brain injury, autism, ADHD, and cognitive disorders.
Riders experience increased self-confidence and improvement in strength, balance, coordination, attention span, language and social skills.
As a former Marine who lost friends in the line of duty, I truly believe in supporting those that make it back home in need of help.
Ever seen a Marine cry?
Just watch me next time I’m down on the farm… and those are happy tears, my friend.
I hope you enjoy the following videos and consider supporting these worthwhile causes:

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NBC Nightly News Video on Maryland Therapeutic Riding.

YouTube video of Lee Greenwood performing God Bless America and God Bless The USA at the 2010 Live On The Farm fundraising event for MTR.

Horses For Heroes
Horses That Heal – Maryland Therapeutic Riding
NARHANorth American Riding for the Handicapped Association

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All the best,

Chris
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Beautiful flooring options for your home

by Chris Moline, LEED AP

As with art, some homes can make you stop in your tracks… even gasp. And there is an entire industry based on giving you just that look for your home… just ask Martha Stewart. But how do you describe the look you want if you are dealing with someone who has no concept of style or even seems to be focused solely on performance?

The answer? Speak up and don’t waste your time with someone who may not be concerned with your wants, or be able to see a perspective other than their own. In our showroom, we have many different experience levels and senses of style reflected in our people. If at any time you don’t feel comfortable, be gracious and ask the manager to step in, unless you get the perfect sales person who realizes it first and offers to direct you towards someone with a vision more in-line with yours. It’s more than “ok,” it’s the best way, and it happens from time to time with my team.

The manager should know the people on the floor well enough to discern who will work best with whom. If you can answer a few questions, you can make sure you get just the right service. And it will only make your shopping experience more pleasant.

If you are not getting this kind of service, call or email me. It’s what we do here, and it’s our pleasure.

Chris
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Now, here are some pictures of beautiful homes we’ve had the pleasure of working in.
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My own sunroom with cork flooring installed over radiant subfloor heat.

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Stunning treads, white risers and railing.