Tate Raised Access Floors and Sustainability

10 January 2023 Tate
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Photo: Solar PV panels installed at Tate’s Jessup, MD, facility in December 2022.  

According to the World Green Building Council, “A ‘green’ building is a building that, in its design, construction or operation, reduces or eliminates negative impacts, and can create positive impacts, on our climate and natural environment. Green buildings preserve precious natural resources and improve our quality of life.” The concept of green buildings has been around for decades and continues to rise in popularity. And when you learn that today, the construction and operation of buildings together account for 36% of global energy use, you start to understand why it’s such an important topic. At Tate, we’re committed to reducing that number and creating products that contribute to green building standards, while also optimizing our own manufacturing process to be more sustainable in our internal operations. 

Underfloor Air Distribution 

Utilizing raised floors with Underfloor Air Distribution is automatically a more sustainable option than a traditional overhead system. UFAD systems use the raised floor to create an air distribution plenum which uses stratified airflow, delivering air at a low velocity through the raised floor directly into the occupied zone. This process allows the air to naturally rise to a ceiling return, pulling contaminants and CO2 away from occupants and improving the indoor air quality. In operation, a UFAD system performs at a much lower pressure and supplies air at a warmer temperature than a ducted overhead system. This can reduce energy costs and eliminate the need for overhead ductwork, which can reduce slab-to-slab heights and translate to a reduction in material use. The underfloor plenum can also be used to route wires and cabling throughout the building, eliminating the need to embed wiring within concealed, rigid structures, and allowing you to reuse the service distribution materials throughout the life of the building. 

LEED and WELL Contributions 

Because of their direct tie to sustainability and indoor air quality, raised access floors with Underfloor Service Distribution contribute toward the achievement of several credits for LEED and WELL certification. Applicable LEED credits include Optimizing Energy Performance, Building Life-Cycle Impact Reduction, Indoor Air Quality Performance and Strategy, Thermal Comfort, Daylight and Acoustic Performance, among others. Raised floors also contribute to several WELL credits under the categories of Air, Comfort and Mind. 

Green Manufacturing 

Another sustainable benefit of utilizing Tate raised access floors is that we prioritize green manufacturing at all our facilities. Our ConCore raised floor panels are made with harvested rainwater from our Red Lion, PA, facility. We have also successfully eliminated all waste being sent to landfill from our offices and manufacturing sites. This goal was achieved through a combination of reuse, recycling and energy generation. Through our Planet Passionate program, we’re committed to achieving annual sustainability goals and continue to increase our efforts through solar PV installations, electric company cars and carbon emission reductions. 

Raised access floors with Underfloor Air Distribution are an excellent solution to introduce more sustainable building practices into new construction and renovations alike. On the manufacturing side, we’re doing our part to optimize our own processes to be more sustainable and reduce our environmental impact. To learn more about the environmental benefits of raised access floors and Underfloor Air Distribution, email us at info@tateinc.com

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