Cork is the outer bark of the cork oak tree (Quercus Suber L.).
The unique natural qualities of cork make it a most effective material for the control of sound transmission in hard surface flooring applications. The physical structure of cork, with nearly 200 million completely sealed air filled cells per cubic inch, makes it a very effective acoustic insulator.
This same physical structure also provides cork with the ability to be repeatedly compressed and yet recover nearly 100% of its original shape and size. These combined benefits make cork an ideal and time-tested choice for sound control underlayment applications. Millions of square feet of AcoustiCORK. products have been successfully installed under a wide variety of finished flooring materials in projects all over the world
CORK – A Truly Environmentally Superior Product
Cork is a truly renewable resource. Unlike solid wood, composite wood products, paper and other “renewable resources”; no trees are cut down to make cork products. In fact, Cork Oak trees in Portugal and most other producing countries are protected by law. The product that we know as Cork consists of the bark of the Cork Oak tree. The bark is stripped from about 1/3 of the tree every 9 to 12 years. This process enhances the life span of the tree. Without being periodically harvested, the life span of a Cork Oak would be considerably shorter than the 150 to 200 plus years seen in cultivated trees. The manufacturing process of cork products also produces a near zero waste stream and results in no toxic emissions.
AcoustiCORK – For LEED & Other Green Building Programs
AcoustiCORK products meet many of the key criteria of the organizations that promote and support green building initiatives. The use of AcoustiCORK products in your project can help it qualify for credit points under the LEED GREEN BUILDING RATING SYSTEM in the following areas:
MR 4.1 - 5% Recycled Content of total building materials (post consumer + ½ of post industrial)
MR 4.2 - 10% Recycled Content of total building materials (post consumer + ½ of post industrial)
(AcoustiCORK products are approx. 85% post industrial recycled content by weight)
MR 6 - Specifying rapidly renewable building materials for 5% of total building materials.
MR 7 - The Use of a minimum of 50% of wood-based materials certified in accordance with Forest Stewardship Council guidelines. (FSC Certified Content AcoustiCORK Available)