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Tarkett, Sustainable Minds Partner to Boost Transparency for the Built Environment

Sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions leader Tarkett is the latest brand to embrace transparency with the launch of a new product catalog that could help drive the use of sustainable building materials towards the mainstream for the construction industry.

Tarkett has teamed up with Sustainable Minds to provide a simple and easy way for architects and designers to find material and environmental product transparency information on more than 850 Tarkett products across all of its North American brands — Tandus Centiva, Johnsonite and Desso — and all in one place: the SM Transparency Catalog.

Massachusetts-based Sustainable Minds is a B2B cloud provider of environmental product transparency applications, data and services to help product manufacturers across the value chain design and market greener and healthier products for the built environment.

Product transparency is increasingly important to our customers who want to understand the environmental and material health impacts of our products and they need to be able to access that information quickly and easily to make informed decisions,” said Diane Martel, Vice President of Sustainability for Tarkett. “Transparency, along with the data to support it, is particularly important to project owners who are working to meet rating systems requirements. Our efforts are helping these owners choose healthy products for healthy spaces.”

The SM Transparency Catalog is designed to help architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals easily find products with transparency information that qualify for green building rating systems including: The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), LEED v4, Green Globes, the Well Building Standard and the Living Building Challenge.

SM is the only source providing the environmental and material disclosures from all manufacturers, all environmental product declaration (EPD) programs and all material disclosure and rating systems, all in one place.

“People aren't looking for disclosures — they want high performing products with disclosures,” said Terry Swack, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Minds. “Working with Tarkett to organize all of its brands and products into one integrated listing informed the development of new options for manufacturers to reinforce or build greener brand recognition within our catalog.”