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HLI & IAQ in your home – the Healthier Living Installation system with anti-microbial pad, spray and shoe covers, plus HEPA vacuuming for a cleaner, healthier home

The HLI – Healthier Living Installation – system impacts the interior environment in your home, which is incredibly important to your health. It’s for this reason that we’ve launched what we believe is the most people-friendly carpet installation system in the flooring industry.
As a US Green Building Council LEED AP familiar with IAQ issues (Indoor Air Quality) and their effect on health, I’m putting everything I have into this because I truly believe in it, and so does my team of professionals.
What is it?
or here is a quick video I recorded in our showroom:
HLI is a 4-step system designed to keep contaminants in your home to a minimum by doing the following:
– Installers use protective shoe covers – this means less particulate contaminants will be tracked into your home (you know – dust, bug parts, dirt, etc…);
– HEPA vacuums are used to clean the subfloor prior to installing pad – HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air and represents the most advanced filtration method, keeping your indoor air cleaner.  Wikipedia: “A high efficiency particulate air, or HEPA (pronounced /ˈhɛpə/), filter is a type of high-efficiency air filter.”
HEPA vacuum used in HLI installation method
– A special anti-microbial spray is applied to your subfloor to minimize the growth of mold and mildew.  This means there is far less likelihood of mold growing in your subfloor or pad;
– HLI pad with anti-microbial protection built-in is then installed. This doubles up on the protection added by the spray and serves as extra insurance for you.
Now, I’m sure a lawyer would want me to add that we’re not a mold abatement company and all kinds of legal-ese… and that’s true, but we are a concerned bunch of professionals who’ve stepped up to the plate to offer you something no other company can – the HLI system.
And let me add an aside to this post.
I’ve been in the flooring business for 15 years and my wonderful wife has seen just about everything this field can throw at a guy. When I told her about this system, she said “Wow!” and really meant it. To me, that means the world!
Here’s to your healthier home,

Chris Moline, LEED AP

Green Flooring In Northern Virginia and Washington DC – Where Do You Turn For The Most Accurate Information & No “Green-Washing”

I can say without a doubt that a zero-landfill, local, dedicated flooring business with 4 LEED AP’s and a LEED GA on-staff in Alexandria, Virginia just outside Washington DC would be your best bet.
Of course, I’m a bit biased, but the facts speak for themselves.
Are you looking for natural floors with no VOC’s?
How about un-dyed wool carpet with no added chemicals?
In fact, I’ve gone so far as to “put my money where my mouth is” so to speak and eat a piece of natural Marmoleum flooring, posting the video on YouTube!
Here it is

We’ll be at the DC Green Festival at the Washington Convention Center in a couple weeks, so come on out and let’s talk green floors!
Or, we can talk about biodiesel and solar energy since those are two of my hobbies as well.

All the best,


Chris Moline, LEED AP


A bright, US-made, light in the LED industry… an eco-geek’s hot spot

In this video, Robert Scoble interviews the CEO of BridgeLux, the only US-based manufacturer of LED lighting.


Image by EasyEcoBlog via Flickr

If you’re familiar with LED’s, you’ll know how cool this is.
If not, let me help with your education curve.
LED is an acronym that stands for Light Emitting Diode, and it represents the most efficient way to generate artificial light.
CFL’s (Compact Flourescent Lights) are the more widely-known counterpart to energy-hogging incandescent bulbs and are a fanstastic way to reduce energy use.
For instance, a typical 100-watt incandescent bulb can be replaced by a CFL that uses only 20-30 watts yet still produces the same amount of light (lumens).
An LED can produce the same amount of light using less than 10 watts… now THAT’S cool!
Add to this the lower overall carbon footprint of the product by not having to ship them across the Pacific Ocean.
I truly believe, as many others in my field do, that every light in the near future will be LED. It’s just a matter of time.
All the best,


LEED AP contributes to Washington Post article on energy wasters in DC area retail

“Close the door!”
I can still hear it, ringing in my ears.
Although my father doesn’t have to tell me that anymore, I’m sure my kids hear it when they visit.
He was always energy-conscious, and we had a compost pile and recycling bins nearly 40 years ago.
Maybe that’s why seeing retail stores with exterior doors irked me so badly… especially when temperatures ranged from 90-102 with heat indices over 105.
Or maybe it’s because I am now a US Green Building Council LEED AP and I live for going green.
Add to that, I am a former Marine with a heart for national security through energy independence.
Here is a link to the Washington Post piece by Leslie Tamura.
If this has piqued your curiousity, check out the YouTube video she references below.

I asked various local business questions while holding my BlackBerry Curve in plain sight to record the reasons as a teaching tool.
I made the video out of frustration and it really got some results!
Now all I have to do is email some friends at the USGBC and we’ll watch it go viral… wish I’d spent time editing it!
All the best,


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

Christopher Moline, LEED AP

Gulf of Mexico oil spill and Kevin Costner’s centrifuge solution

Actor Kevin Costner may have the answer to the BP oil spill and Gulf Coast resident’s petrochemical woes – a centrifuge made by his company that separates oil from water at the rate of 200 gallons per minute… with 97% effectiveness. And now it’s been confirmed that BP has agreed to purchase and begin using the machines. What does this have to do with green flooring? Well, given that many flooring products contain petroleum derivatives and all use energy to produce and for transport, it makes sense to include this story here.

If you’re not familiar with how a centrifuge works, you may not be aware that you probably own one – the washing machine in your laundry room. By spinning your clothes at high speeds, it forces the wet clothes against the perforated walls of the tub. Then, since the perforations are too small for the clothes to exit, only water gets through. It’s basic, but it can help you understand. For more information on Costner’s amazing, hopefully gulf-saving device, click here.

Many of the flooring products I recommend use less energy in production or are not made from petroleum derivatives. The environmental disaster in the gulf is one reason it’s better to “drill, baby, drill” into the facts about green flooring.

All the best,


about Chris Moline, LEED AP

Chris is Residential Group Manager for CCA; a US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional & Judge for Floor Covering Weekly's GreenStep Awards

Carbon Footprint… Size DOES Matter

chris moline, LEED AP alexandria carpet one
There are many ways to look at the carbon footprint of a project or lifestyle.
A little humor can often help start a conversation.
Well, if my graphic above doesn’t make you at least chuckle, you probably won’t
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The LEED ratings system even considers point of manufacture/assembly (500 mile radius) as well as extraction, and awards credit to a project if other factors are met. This is just one example of reducing the size of a project’s overall carbon footprint.

The LEED system also considers a building’s continued use relative to its carbon footprint in terms of the use of public transportation. Proximity to subway stations and bus stops, as well as bike racks and preferred parking for carpoolers or alternative-fuel vehicles all receive consideration in the calculation of credits.

Want to weigh in? Use comments for dialogue and let’s have fun with it…

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Recovered vs. Reclaimed wood – it’s all good

Also called “sinker” wood, recovered wood doesn’t have to have “sunk.”  For years logs were transported by floating them downriver. Some don’t make it and have remained preserved underwater, covered in sediment, for years. Some of them even absorb minerals from the sediment, giving them truly unique characteristics.

But it is the intangible, green quality that piques my interest and that of the green community in general.

sinker logs recovered reclaimed wood

Reclaimed wood has been used once – either as a structural component of a building in most cases – and is now being re-used and milled into flooring, cabinets, etc…

Recovered wood, however, never made to the cutting table.  Some recovered wood, however, has never even been cut down. Rather, it became submerged as a result of water diversion and can be found under man-made lakes. This has an exceptionally green angle to it in that it was simply to be wasted without the intention of a first-use, much less a second.

Comment or email with your thoughts on this, especially if you are a fellow LEED AP as this would have an impact on certain aspects of certification.

All the best

Chris Moline, LEED AP

Chris Moline, LEED AP, Carpet One

Lomax carpet backing: An eco-friendly choice

Using natural methane gas to power the backing process.How-Lomax-Works

With the help of Lomax Technology from the Dow Chemical Company, Mohawk is the first manufacturer in residential carpeting to use renewable energy in producing latex backings for all Mohawk SmartStrand and SmartStrand with DuPont Sorona carpet.

It all starts in a Dalton, Georgia, landfill, where a surprising solution is found in an unexpected place.

The decomposition of solid waste inside the landfill creates bacteria which in turn generates 50% methane, 50% carbon dioxide gas. A system of pipes and blowers will collect the gas and then direct it to a central location.

This landfill gas, which was an otherwise unusable pile of waste, has now become a renewable energy source. It will replace the natural gas, precious fossil fuels, that were previously powering the plant used to make the latex backing for Mohawk carpet.

Now in addition to the creation of an eco-friendly carpet with beauty and durability, Lomax Technology has developed an equally environmentally-sound creation process to match.


National Geographic’s Green Video Game

How can you reach young people with the message to go green?
Merscom and National Geographic Launch Plan It Green on Earth Day in 2009 and it’s proven to be a popular release.

Plan It Green is a building sim that integrates green technology in a fast-paced casual game.
As the Mayor of Greenville, players have the opportunity to create a green city in Plan It Green. As mayor of your hometown, you have vowed to bring about a new green future by changing the ways of the past. You are working with close supporters to restore Greenville to its former glory and beauty. Watch as Greenville transforms before your eyes as you build eco-homes, apply green upgrades and bring new clean jobs and industry to your hometown! Plan It Green is the first game that leverages the resources of National Geographic, an organization that was green when green wasn’t cool.

The first green casual game, Plan It Green features:

~ Transform Greenville from an eyesore, into a beautiful green city!

~ First casual game that leverages the knowledge and resources of National Geographic, an organization that was green when green wasn’t cool.

~ Hours of gameplay in both campaign and free play mode!

~ Improve 8 neighborhoods across 45 levels!

~ Upgrade your hometown with parks, eco-homes and environmental upgrades

~ Build eco-friendly houses, stores and businesses

~ Pick the latest eco-upgrades

“This is the right product for the times. Not only is it a fantastic game, but it integrates a theme we all hear hundreds of times a week,”  said Kirk Owen, Merscom’s CEO.  “By working with National Geographic, we were able to go beyond pop green ideas and make a game that truly conveys the possibilities of the future.”


Click here for a video.

And you can play it free for one hour by downloading a trial here.

LEED AP green flooring professional in Northern Virgina and DC Metro area
Christopher Moline, LEED AP
Residential Group Manager
Commercial Carpets of America
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LEED Gold Ultra-Luxury Hotel – Montage Beverly Hills

Does this look ultra eco-friendly to you?


I’ve been convinced for years that to be green does not mean you have to fit any “granola” stereotype (although there is nothing wrong with Birks and bio-diesel).  This hotel is just one more feather in the green-is-for-everyone cap. I’ve been seeing it in our clients’ requests for green luxury flooring and, as a LEED AP, am heartened by it.
But this is downright dreamy!
Pardon me whilst I swoon…

Here is a short breakdown of the credits achieved by the Montage team that led them to the project’s Gold certification:

Each project certified under LEED for New Construction V2.2 rating system earns credits for factors that are assessed by the USGBC against desired performance goals in six environmental categories.

Montage Beverly Hills earned a total of 39 credits in these environmental categories:
8 credits for Sustainable Sites, including offering public transportation access, bicycle storage and carpooling van parking for employees
1 credit for Water Efficient Landscape, installing an irrigation system that reduces potable water consumption by 54%
12 credits for Energy & Atmosphere, including selection of highly efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems that minimize or eliminate emission of compounds that deplete ozone or contribute to global warming
5 credits for Materials & Resources, including effective construction waste management, use of recycled building materials and use of materials from within 500 miles of the project site
8 credits for Indoor Environmental Quality, including use of eco-friendly and low-VOC paints, sealants and adhesives; efficient lighting systems, and specific seasonal temperature and humidity controls that ensure personal comfort
5 credits for Innovation in Design, including adopting an Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Plan, locating all parking underground and developing a Green Housekeeping Program

And when you look at their website, the LEED information is quietly tucked away under the “Hotel Overview” tab. It’s not in-your-face, it’s quite classy as one would expect.

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Commercial Carpets of America
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