Mari Strain, owner of Flooring Alternatives, a green flooring retailer that offers consulting services and ships products across the country, says that the range of sustainable flooring options continues to grow.
For example, there are now more Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)–certified wood flooring products available. “It’s also more recognized,” she says. “LEED helps bring awareness to what FSC is about,” and the LEED program includes points for installing FSC-certified wood.
According to Strain, cork flooring continues to gain popularity, but she finds that although homeowners might use cork in the bedroom, they prefer wood flooring for the main living spaces and resilient sheet flooring for baths and kitchens
Photo: HGTV decorating star Angelo Surmelis chose cork for his own kitchen floor.