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An overview of ceramic tile’s performance and sustainability-related attributes. Packed with pointers for fulfilling Green Building criteria, including a guide to the EPD’s for ceramic tile, mortar and grout made in North America.


Ceramic tile is a highly sustainable material, as outlined in this whitepaper from the Tile Council of North America.  

The document first provides an 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 other materials, thus reducing overhead costs and the impact on the environment.

“Tile: The Natural Choice” also presents the credits, points and compliance parameters applicable to ceramic tile under the current green building standards and rating systems. Ceramic tile meets the standards for sustainability as a Green Squared Certified® material, as demonstrated in this whitepaper.

A bulletin outlining the attributes that make tile a safe and healthy material for residential installations is included, in addition to a couple of guides. There is the Guide to EPDs for Ceramic Tile, Mortar and Grout Made in North America and the Guide to LEED v4 and Tile.

Finally, the whitepaper includes the TCNA Green Report on a Life-Cycle Cost Study performed on various flooring options and their durability.