Included here are various erosion-control products, foundation products that eliminate the need for excavation, and exterior stains that result in lower VOC emissions into the atmosphere. Fluorescent lamp and ballast recyclers and low-mercury fluorescent lamps reduce environmental impacts during maintenance and disposal of luminaires.
Access flooring greatly simplifies renovation or reconfiguration of office spaces, dramatically reducing "churn" costs.
In addition to providing a plenum for electrical and communications cabling, access flooring with appropriate height can be used for underfloor air delivery (UFAD)—an economically and environmentally attractive combination of floor and air duct.
Compared to conventional ceiling-located air-supplies, displacement ventilation from access flooring systems more effectively diffuses conditioned air into the occupied space to displace stale air, which leaves via ceiling-mounted return ducts.
More effective air distribution leads to other efficiencies as well: air handlers can be downsized, and conditioned air does not have to be chilled as much to provide the same levels of comfort. Often, ceiling height can also be increased, improving daylighting potential.
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