13 November 2014

Making the world greener – with HiPERFLOOR®

When a new student community was built in Portland, Oregon, US, all eyes were on sustainability and green materials. For Husqvarna, which delivered polished concrete floors using the HiPERFLOOR® method, it was the first time being part of a LEED Silver certified project. "This shows that Husqvarna is not only heading in a green direction, but that we have already arrived", says Christopher Bennett, Architectural Specifications, Husqvarna Construction Products.
In a city dominated by architecture from the turn of the 20th century, a new, eye-catching seven-story building in a metal clad design now rises in downtown Portland. It’s called ArtHouse, a collaboration between The Pacific Northwest College of Art and the local Powell family.

Thomas Robinson from Lever Architecture, the firm that designed the new student community, says that they wanted to emphasize sustainability and green construction right from the start. On the ground floor level, ArtHouse consists of small commercial retail spaces. Lever Architecture immediately turned to Husqvarna for the floors.

"I have been involved with a number of projects with exposed aggregate in ground concrete floors, and Husqvarna’s product and equipment is superior in terms of the ability to expose aggregate and also create a flat finished surface”, says Thomas Robinson.

Christopher Bennett explains why he thinks Husqvarna’s HiPERFLOOR solution was the perfect fit for this project. 

“It’s a very environmentally friendly and long-lasting floor, and it’s also beautiful, which is important in retail spaces. But the most important aspect is that every time we make a HiPERFLOOR we are making the world just a little bit better. A HiPERFLOOR uses less chemicals and materials and it keeps the energy bills down, because the warm, very natural reflectiveness of the floor reduces the need for overhead lighting”, he says. 

Working hard with sustainability is nothing new for Husqvarna, which was ranked one of the world's top 100 sustainable companies by Corporate Knights' magazine earlier this year. Nonetheless, this was Husqvarna’s first involvement in a LEED certified building project.

Getting a LEED certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) is hard. After completion it takes a year before it is decided which level of certification a building will get.

“Everything about this project was sustainable. The USGBC and LEED project teams only selected materials and building methods that would add to the overall sustainable value of the project. On-site recycling, water management and planning were the keys to success. Within the last year everything has been verified to ensure compliance within the strict USGBC guidelines and we passed with flying colors. Husqvarna HiPERFLOOR was an important part of providing sustainable solutions”, says Christopher Bennett.

Concrete Reflections, a local contractor from Medford, Oregon, did the installation of the HiPERFLOOR. Lever Architecture was very pleased with the result, and plan to use Husqvarna’s HiPERFLOOR again.
“It is suitable for use in high wear locations requiring a long-lasting, durable, and aesthetically pleasing appearance. In contrast to products such as terrazzo or tile, its finish is not an application, but a product of how it’s made. It feels more genuine”, says Thomas Robinson.

ArtHouse opened in September 2013. Christopher Bennett looks back at the project with pride. “Yes, I’m proud that Husqvarna has been a part of this. A lot of people claim that their products are sustainable, but the HiPERFLOOR actually delivers. Husqvarna is a major player when it comes to delivering green diamond polished concrete finishes.”

Vote for ArtHouse in the "2014 polished concrete awards"

The ArtHouse project is nominated in the "2014 polished concrete awards". The voting has started and ends on Dec 1st. If you're a fan of Husqvarna HiPERFLOOR and want to support us with your vote, please click the "Vote for..." link in the upper right corner on this page.

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Facts - HiPERFLOOR

Husqvarna HiPERFLOOR is a complete concrete surface polishing system. It enhances the beauty, strength and abrasion resistance of concrete floors while reducing maintenance and costs. HiPERFLOOR can radically transform new and old concrete floors by mechanically refining the already hard concrete surface through grinding, polishing and chemical treatments.

Facts - LEED

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. Projects may earn one of four levels of LEED certification – Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.
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