As everyone in the commercial specifying industry knows, LEED remains the preeminent green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class sustainable building strategies and practices.
LEED v4 is the latest rating system available to architects, designers and building owners seeking to achieve LEED status for their projects or buildings. There are six basic categories – as well as an Innovation in Design and a Pilot Credit category — where credits can be obtained.
Navigating the intricacies of LEED v4 may be challenging. However, knowing how Zeftron nylon can contribute to LEED credits is easy. We have developed a new brochure that lists areas of opportunities where LEED credits can be earned when a commercial carpet is specified with Zeftron nylon yarns.
Zeftron nylon contributes to LEED credits through these primary ways:
Cradle to Cradle V3 Certified
Recycled Content (25% PI)
100% Recyclable (Closed Loop/Fully Renewable)
Zeftron nylon’s 6ix Again® Recycling Take-Back Program
Commercial carpet products made with Zeftron nylon can be found in the world’s most stylish hotels, airports and universities across the country. We are excited about our latest installation in two upscale senior living facilities.
RLPS Interiors, a firm with extensive experience in the senior living market, was charged with designing the interiors of two facilities serving senior patients and residents. RLPS needed a carpet that would not only provide a warm and inviting aesthetic, but also match the client’s overall design concept.
This unique project required a custom carpet product. RLPS reached out to our mill partner, Masland Hospitality for a solution. Starting with stock patterns from Masland Hospitality, the designers altered the patterns slightly to make them more accommodating to the needs of the residents at each facility and then applied custom colors using Zeftron nylon colors.
Color was a key factor for the project. Senior Interior Designer Derek Perini felt Zeftron’s sophisticated color palette stood out above other nylon options. “We preferred Zeftron due to the richness of the colors available” he said. Zeftron is also a fully renewable nylon and contains a minimum of 25 percent recycled content in every color.
Utilizing Masland Hospitality’s Tapistron technology, the carpet features rich earth-toned colors and elegant patterns. The result is a perfectly matched flooring product that meets both the facilities’ and the client’s desired design concept.
If you would like more information about Zeftron nylon or would like to partner with Zeftron on A&D visits, contact Zeftron Business Leader Tim Blount at: email@example.com or 706-532-2984.
This week’s featured carpet is Chanterelle made by our mill partner Aqua Hospitality. With it’s beautiful leafy pattern Chanterelle would be a perfect selection for hotel properties and luxury resort facilities.
Aqua Hospitality Carpets Director of Marketing Cathy Mansour says “Our goal is to research, develop and manufacture interesting and inspiring carpet products for the hospitality market segment.”
Construction: Tip Sheared Loop
Yarn Content: Zeftron® Nylon with 25% recycled content
Dye Method: Solution Dyed
Yarn Weight Tufted: 36 oz./yd.
Width: 12 feet
Pattern Repeat: 24″ w x 24″
Chanterelle is available in nine colors: Burgundy, Bordeaux, Beaujolais, Champagne, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvigon, Pinot Noir, and Zinfindel.
To see other Aqua Hospitality styles made with Zeftron Nylon please reference our Carpet Search tool: the Zeftron Style Guide. Click here to contact Aqua Hospitality. To contact Zeftron nylon call Tim Blount at 706-532-2984 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Aqua Hospitality Carpets
Aqua Hospitality Carpets uses a collaborative approach for creating unique and distinctive products for multiple hospitality settings by leveraging the strength, stability and expertise of its parent company, Beaulieu Group, LLC. As the number one carpet only manufacturer in the United States, Beaulieu is a world leader in the innovation, styling, manufacturing and distribution of carpets for the Hospitality, Commercial and Residential market segments. A vertically integrated organization, Beaulieu manufactures and produces its own carpet fibers, Type 6 nylon and Polyester, its own carpet backings and is a pioneer in environmentally responsible manufacturing practices and processes. From concept to completion, Aqua Hospitality offers a thorough understanding of the market to provide the expertise needed in all areas of carpet design, manufacturing and project solutions. From mid- to upper-end hotel properties, timeshares, condominiums and luxury resort facilities, Aqua can assist in developing the experience needed for both business and leisure travelers.
About Zeftron® Nylon
For more than 40 years, Zeftron® nylon has continued to deliver more value-added opportunities and advantages to the commercial interiors marketplace through dedicated partnerships, a premium branded nylon 6 product and superior service. Based in Dalton, Ga., the brand brings a history of innovations and unparalleled style, performance and environmental attributes. All Zeftron nylon yarns are closed-loop recyclable, MBDC Cradle to Cradle certified and come standard with a minimum 25 percent recycled content. As part of the brand’s commitment to environmental stewardship, Zeftron nylon makes recycling easy with its 6ix Again Recycling Program – a simple to use, all-inclusive carpet recycling initiative. Zeftron nylon is a part of Shaw Industries Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company.
B Carpet has been creating high-quality, custom-crafted carpet for the hospitality industry for 35 years. Last summer, the company introduced a new color manufacturing process that accommodates a larger color palette for the commercial carpet it designs. The result: B Carpet products are now more brilliant than ever.
A long-time partner to Zeftron that has been creating custom-made carpets with our premium nylon 6 fiber, we are pleased to feature B Carpet’s President Elizabeth Moore in this special blog article. Here, Moore talks about B Carpet’s new technology, how it works and how it sets B Carpet apart from other commercial carpet manufacturers.
Q: What is the name of this new technology?
A. We call it Octacia. The name is derived from the fact that it is an eight-color manufacturing process. Oct refers to eight, and “acia” means “yarn” or “thread” in Latin. When we say “8 plus”, we are referencing the fact that there are actually more than eight yarn colors when some of them are cut ends and some of them are loop pile.
Q. How does it work?
A. Octacia works with our patented Tapistron computer yarn placement (CYP) technology to now accommodate a larger palette of eight colors. This is something no other CYP tufting machine in the world can do. Traditional CYP machines use six colors, and some machines are limited to cut pile only, which means there are no shades of the six colors to work with.
Q. What are the benefits of Octacia?
A. We are able to offer the most superior design detail and manufacturing precision in eight colors. The technology enables us to make various tuft densities and easily run between 100 and 200 tufts per square inch, which provides much more density than an Axminster carpet, for instance. Using the CYP process, we can create unique patterns with all cut pile, all loop pile, or cut and loop custom-designed and custom-colored products for a project using wool or solution-dyed nylon. Most designers feel that a cut and loop CYP give the richest and most elegant design capability of any tufted process other than hand tufted products. So, adding two more yarns to the palette enhances the options quite a bit.
Q. How does this new technology help B Carpet compete with Axminster products?
A. Woven Axminster products are cut pile only so they cannot be made in cut and loop hand-tufted looks. Also, most woven products come from overseas, and customers are increasingly requesting American made products. Among the American made choices for tufted designs, the Tapistron technology is a superior alternative to carpet made on Colorpoint and ColorTech machines because of the density and clarity that we can achieve.
Q. Are there any environmental benefits to the new technology?
A. Yes. Octacia technology is less resource-intensive than other competitive technologies. Compared to other tufted products, Octacia technology puts far less waste yarn on the back of the carpet and requires less latex to be used to secure the yarn. It’s a more earth-friendly option than wool Axminster products that contain skein dyed yarn, which produces effluent waste from the dye process. Also, those Axminster products are shipped over long distances, usually from Asia, compared to Octacia products made here in the United States.
Q. What does this new technology mean for designers?
A. With Octacia, more design ideas can be transformed into beautiful carpets, made in a process that respects the beauty of the environment.