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Environmental sustainability has become a hot topic in today’s media. Building green makes a positive impact on both the environment, and the health of the people working in and around it.  The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system was developed by USGBC (United States Green Building Council) committees to encourage sustainable practices by guiding the development and ratings of energy efficient construction. 

Polished concrete is a LEED friendly product.  It utilizes the existing concrete surfaces which eliminates the need for additional coverings and coating materials to be manufactured and purchased.  Tile, carpet, and linoleum wind up in landfills when they require replacement.  Polished concrete is highly durable, with proper cleaning methods the floor will look the same after years of use as it did when it was first polished Should a re-polish ever become necessary, it can at only a fraction of the cost without any corrosive chemicals.  Also, unlike some caustic concrete applications, polished concrete contains no noticeable VOC’s, qualifying it for yet another LEED point.

List points to be certified
Certified: 26-32 points
Silver: 33-38 points
Gold: 39-51 points
Platinum 52-69 points

IND wants to help professionals nationwide improve the quality of their building projects by providing new solutions, knowledge, and the creation of ideas that maximize the efforts of CAGBC.

DRY POLISHING

Dry polishing is the newest advancement in the polished concrete field.  It is advantageous, as it allows grinding and polishing to take place without the hassle of wet grinding.  Wet grinding not only requires the added logistics of obtaining a water source, it also creates a messy slurry, which must be collected and disposed of.  With dry polishing, 98% of all airborne particulates are collected through the use of a HEPA filtration vacuum system.  This enables the polishing process to take place without any down time to the facility being serviced.

In dry polishing, first a series of grinding steps are employed to flatten the floor and remove the top layer of the concrete.  Depending on the aggregate choice of the customer and the existing condition of the concrete, IND will remove between 1/64th of an inch up to 1/2 inch of concrete during these grinding steps.  Next, IND polishes the concrete up to the desired shine using a series of resin bonded diamond steps.  The result ranges from a matte to glossy shine, depending on the clients preference, but always results in an amazing transformation

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