THE GREEN HOTEL GUIDE
Building and Maintenance Paints, Adhesives and Sealants
Using low/no VOC (volatile organic compound) paints, sealants and adhesives can improve the air quality within the hotel and have a positive eďŹ€ect on human health by improving the quality of air. No use of aerosol sprays can also contribute to a better living environment that emits less harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.
Building and Maintenance Carpets
Carpet with recycled content that contain post consumer recycled material in the backing, fiber and pad is essential. Natural materials like 100% wool carpeting is also a great organic choice to install. Modular capet is a great choice since it can be replaced by individual blocks. The GUT logo is given to carpets that are produced in a environmentally freindly way.
Building and Maintenance Wood Based Material
The use of lumber from sustainable forestry is very important for our environment and can aďŹ€ect our health if the source of the lumber we use is from non-sustainable forestry. Organizations like FSC (Forest Stewardship Council of Canada) and SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) help regulate sustainable forestry and its production of varies products and establishes approved seals so consumers and businesses can make the right choice whenever a purchase of a wood product is made. There are several advantages of using wood base materials in general that can help contribute to better health and for the environment. One being that wood being a natural material that can be recycled and de composed over time making it a much more friendlier than other materials such as plastics.
Building and Maintenance Construction Waste Management
Whenever any construction or renovation is made, it is important to implement a waste diversion system as an integral part of the process. Recycling stations for paints, cardboard and other recyclable waste can be placed into separate bins so it will enable the contractor to recycle and sort out the materials which can cut down on large amounts of reusable garbage ending up in landfills.