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Perhaps the most insightful YouTube video outlining LEED ratings and the vital importance of green building… and a bit on China.

The web is full of videos explaining LEED and other green building systems. Some are good, some… not so good. But this one from Gensler’s Andy Cohen has my “LEED AP” vote as a winner.
As Executive Director of the worlds largest global architecture, design and consulting firm Andy is a champion of sustainable design excellence and innovative solutions.
And he speaks from experience having led significant sustainable projects such as the recently completed CityCenter project in Las Vegas, the largest LEED Gold certified project in the world.
In addition, Gensler just completed the 60-story Ritz Carlton Hotel & Residences at LA Live and is designing the LEED Platinum headquarters building at the Port of Long Beach, and Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world, which will be one of the worlds most sustainably advanced buildings.
Once you’ve watched Andy’s TEDTalks presentation, keep going to see a perfect example of what NOT to do… filmed with a Blackberry Curve in my hometown of Bowie, Maryland.

Stay green, for whatever reason you choose.
All the best,


LEED AP green flooring professional in Northern Virgina and DC Metro area

Christopher Moline, LEED AP

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Alexandria Carpet One welcomes Chad Durbin, LEED GA to the greenest flooring team in the Northern Virginia/DC-metro area

Chad Durbin, LEED GA ,brings a wealth of flooring experience and “green” industry knowledge to bear on his new position with Alexandria Carpet One and Commercial Carpets of America.

Chad’s direct number is 703-675-3953 and his email address is CDurbin@CarpetCCA.com.

If you are looking for green flooring solutions, Chad and the rest of the team have the knowledge and support to make your project vision a reality.

All the best,


Christopher Moline, LEED AP
Residential Group Manager
Alexandria Carpet One
Commercial Carpets of America
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Forbo Linoleum & Custom Designs With Water Jet Method

Water Jet Cut linoleum for a Texas end-user. We can do this for your commercial application as well.

Water Jet Cut linoleum for a Texas end-user. We can do this for your commercial application as well.

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Oiled Hardwood Flooring

Oiled hardwood flooring for a truly-green, low-maintenance home.

If you are considering new flooring and want a truly-green option, an oiled floor may be your best choice… especially if maintenance is a concern. As a US Green Building Council LEED AP (Accredited Professional) I’m routinely asked about green flooring options… and I routinely reference oiled wood as one of the greenest choices.
A natural oil finish cannot be compared with today’s more popular acrylic, polyurethane, and aluminumoxide finishes. Non-oil finishes protect the floor by forming a wear layer, in fact a plastic film on the surface of the floor. They scratch and get dull over time and cannot be spot repaired (though some have tried and failed).  An oil finish penetrates the wood fibers to harden them while not altering the natural beauty of the wood. With no visual film on the surface, oiled floors are distinguishable by their elegant patina. They are easy to care for and are repairable. An oiled floor never needs to be sanded, only regular applications of a Maintenance Oil are necessary to nourish the wood and bring the luster back.

Remember the old Colgate toothpaste commercial where dye was shown penetrating the chalk?
That’s a pretty good analogy for oiled floors.

Penetrating Protection of Natural-Oiled Floors vs. Polyurethanes

Consider the following: 

Natural oils have been used to finish wood for hundreds of years. Natural oil finishes are made with linseed oils, an old standby for finishing wood. Polyurethane is the new kid on the block, developed about 50 years ago and its primary design purpose is to make furniture shiny.
Polyurethane is a plastic made from petroleum, a flammable liquid often used in chemical energy sources such as gasoline and diesel, and which gives polyurethane its distinct “chemical” scent.

Zero VOC vs. Low VOCs
Rejuvenating a 325 sq. ft of a Navarre floor project will require one liter of Revol 30 maintenance oil, which will emit zero VOCs and leave you without that harsh chemical scent. A typical polyurethane floor will require three gallons of finish, one gallon for the sealer coat and two more gallons of the top wear layers. VOCs from polyurethane evaporate into your home at the rate of about 4 lbs. per gallon, which means that 3 gallons of poly used to coat 325 sq.ft equals 12 pounds of VOCs floating around in your home for your family to enjoy.

Bond and Strengthen vs. Surface Coatings
The natural oil used to finish oiled floors is not a surface coating, but is designed to become part of the wood by penetrating, bonding and hardening with the first layer of wood.
When wood is finished with natural oil, it will dent, it will scratch, and it may be repaired. To bring your floor back to a fresh state: first, lightly sand and clean the desired area of the floor with an appropriate cleaner, then apply a new layer of  maintenance oil. It is not necessary to treat the entire floor, only the effected area. Typically, only spot sanding on extreme wear marks and scratches would be necessary, and a total wall-to-wall sanding is normally avoided.
It’s a much more laborious and disruptive process with cured surface coatings such as polyurethane.
Polyurethane is a plastic coating that sits on top of your wood, and acts as surface coating.
The purpose of a surface coating is to separate wear and tear from the wood, which polyurethane can achieve, however, a polyurethane floor will never look better then the day of the final finish application. Immediately polyurethane finishes begin picking up small and large scratches – abrasions that defuse the light and pick up dirt – and quickly become visible from all angles. (NOTE: all wood is soft enough to dent and scratch).

Remember this old ad showing how flouride
penetrates by using the chalk analogy? Think of
oiled-floors the same way. The oil penetrates
whereas polyurethanes sit on top of the floor.

Recoating a polyurethane floor is the recommended maintenance option. When should this be done? It has to be a joint effort, as soon as you have a scar that penetrates the surface coating, or when the floor looks dirty after you wash the floor. This “dirty” look means there is an abundance of surface scratches holding dirt. Scuffing and recoating will remove most of the dirt and provide a smooth cleanable surface.

Living With vs. Living On
The vast majority of my polyurethane customers live on their floors. They take off their shoes at the door, they have floor protectors under all furniture, and care to have nothing foul left on the surface. A normal expectation of a polyurethane floor is that it is maintenance free. Homeowners with natural oil finished floors live with their floors. They know that wood expands and contracts with the seasons. Some believe this movement is a sign the wood still thinks of itself as being a tree. Feeding wood natural oils supports the notion that you are living with your wood and in turn, the wood responds to appropriate care that’s given.

Reparability vs. Durability
Wood is very durable on its own.
Natural oils enhance the durable nature of wood, and allow the floor to be easily repaired if damaged. While polyurethanes provide a durable barrier, this barrier also consumes a layer of wood each and every time it is applied. At best there are three to four sandings in a floor’s life before the floor must be replaced. Over time, reparability is more important than durability.

A multi-layer construction with a solid wood top layer, oiled floors provide exceptional stability and strength to withstand the abuse of time.

At Alexandria Carpet One Floor & Home, we are proud to carry the complete line of Navarre Oiled Hardwood flooring.
Call us today at 703-370-0000 or send an email to Chris for more information.

Chris Moline, LEED AP – Residential Group Manager
Not ashamed to be a tree-hugger!

Eco Brokers, real estate and green flooring

by Chris Moline, LEED AP

If you are an Eco Broker, I want to talk to you!
You may even be a guest “blogger” if we can determine a newsworthy post topic.
Let’s send the “green washers” home!

If you want to know more about eco-friendly homes and real estate services, kick off the conversation with a comment here.


Christopher Moline
Residential Group Manager
Commercial Carpets of America
Alexandria Carpet One Floor & Home


Not ashamed to be a tree-hugger!

Hugging more than trees!

Chris Moline, LEED AP

Cork Flooring – Warm, Resilient & Easy On The Planet.


by Chris Moline, LEED AP

Are you looking for a warm, comfortable, eco-friendly floor? I’ve had cork flooring in my sun room and kitchen for almost two years now. What’s the verdict?

Well, my wife and I, along with our children ages 9, 10 and 13… and our 75-lb German shepherd… absolutely love it. In fact, we recently installed it in her home-based physical therapy office as well.
We’re active (to say the least) and there is so much about this type of flooring that goes with our lifestyle. In fact, cork has been used for flooring since the mid-1800’s. Stop by some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes and you’ll see cork everywhere from the kitchen to the bathrooms.
Cork is well-suited to commercial applications, too. Chicago’s First Congregational Church, the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and Lafayette College in Easton, PA, are just a few of the places you’ll find it.

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Here are some great reasons to look into cork for your flooring choice:

It’s warm
– Our 300 s.f. sunroom is built over a crawl space. It’s also got a 12-foot cathedral ceiling and I didn’t want to run ductwork for heat. So I installed R-45 insulation, radiant subfloor heat and the cork.  We do not have a problem staying warm, even though the three sides of the sunroom are all glass (triple-pane, Low-E).
Here is a picture of our sunroom:

It’s quiet
– Cork is the most efficient insulating material. Humans have tried, and failed, to make something better. But cork’s bajillion-cell-per-cubic-inch structure (ok, so I’m not a numbers guy) insulates wonderfully well against the sound of 3 kids and a dog when the adults are trying to relax.

It’s great camoflauge!
– Ever notice how hotels and restaurants always have patterned carpet and other types of flooring? It’s really quite simple to explain. Every floor will get dirty, but if you can’t see it, the time-lag to cleaning doesn’t bother you as much. Cork definitely offers that hands-down.
The natural appearance of cork is very, well, varied. Heaven forbid that I drop something small on the floor… it’ll be hard to find! And that, my friend, is just what I need given our hectic lifestyle.
But even though it’s great for hiding spills and other household ills, it also cleans up very easily. Personally, I use Windex for spot-cleaning, and Alba, our cleaning person, for weekly cleaning. Alba, however, uses Mr. Clean for hardwood floors. Cork, after all, is made from the the bark of the Cork Oak tree.

Cork is very green
– Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree. It is a renewable and sustainable resource with a very small carbon footprint. In cork oak plantations the first cork bark is not harvested from a tree until it is 25-30 years old.  The process of stripping off the bark in sections is traditionally done by hand, the way it’s been done for hundreds of years. The tree is not damaged and the bark regrows completely. The bark is harvested every nine years and a cork oak can live for 150-200 years, so it can be safely harvested up to 20 times during its life cycle.
According to Natural Cork, “Cork’s structure is very similar to that of a honeycomb: each square centimetre is composed of 40 million cells (a more accurate figure than a bajillion). These cells, as well as the spaces between them, are filled with a gaseous mixture similar to air. That is what makes cork so remarkable. The unique structure of cork creates the three most important characteristics in its application as flooring: Thermal Insulation, Sound Reduction and Elasticity.”
That’s why you can place a grand piano on your cork floor and it will bounce back when you move it.  Also, if you do happen to gouge it, repairs are much more easy to conceal since the finish is so varied in color and texture.

We’ve just installed a hundred square feet of cork in our showroom in Alexandria, Virginia. Come on by and give it a walk. Go ahead, take your shoes off!


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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
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Installation of Marmoleum Click floating flooring into our Alexandria, Virginia showroom.

Marmoleum is the only flooring certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation.
We have a section installed in our Alexandria showroom at 430 S. Pickett Street (right next to the Home Depot).


Chris Moline, LEED AP, Residential Group Manager for Commercial Carpets of America


Christopher Moline, LEED AP

Residential Group Manager

Commercial Carpets of America


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Green Flooring – what’s on your mind?

Perspective from a LEED AP:

After over 11 years in the flooring business, I think I’ve heard it all. Then, someone inevitably comes along and says they’ve heard something from a flooring retailer that proves me wrong.
If you’ve heard something about green flooring and it either sounds crazy or too good to be true, post a comment here and I’ll do some research for you. “Green-washing” is a practice used by less-informed folks in the industry to cover their lack of knowledge at best. At worst, it’s a way to persuade a customer with good intentions to purchase flooring that doesn’t measure up.  We’d like to put a stop to that.

Ask your average flooring sales person whatUSGBC stands for and you’ll probably get a blank stare.
If they’re quick on their feet and think a smile will get them through, they may  make something up like, “U Seriously Gotta Be Cool” and expect you to laugh it off and forget about it. But USGBC stands for the US Green Building Council, creator and monitor of the LEED program.
LEED stands for Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design, the worldwide standard for measuring energy efficiency in building design. Check out this youtube video for a nice explanation of LEED by Tracie Hall, Executive Director of the Upstate NY chapter of the USGBC –


Further on, they may think a carbon footprint is something you leave on the floor after walking through some coal dust… but check out http://www.carbonfootprint.com and you’ll learn more.

Keep checking back for more as we add to this blog daily.

All the best!


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Commercial Carpets of America
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