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Ceramic tile is a highly sustainable material, as outlined in this overview of tile’s performance and attributes related to sustainability. Tile is manufactured to last, which is one of the main reasons why it is so sustainable. It doesn’t break down as quickly as other materials, even in industrial applications or areas with heavy foot traffic. Ceramic tile doesn’t require replacement or maintenance like non-ceramic materials, thus reducing overhead costs and the impact on the environment.

“Tile: The Natural Choice” presents the credits, points and compliance parameters applicable to ceramic tile under the current green building standards and rating systems and provides an overview of TCNA’s Material Ingredient Guide, which contains resources for managing material ingredient transparency in the tile industry.

Bulletins outlining the attributes that make tile a safe and healthy material for residential installations is included, in addition to the guides:

  • Guide to Green Squared®: The Tile Industry’s Standard and Certification Program for Product Sustainability
  • Guide to EPDs for Ceramic Tile, Mortar, and Grout Made in North America
  • Guide to Embodied Carbon

Additionally included is an industry report on the TCNA-commissioned Life-Cycle Cost Analysis comparison study of life-cycle costs for flooring in commercial buildings/