Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and luxury vinyl plank (LVP) are experiencing a renaissance of sorts in the design world. High-tech printing combined with innovative adhesives now allow for the installation of resilient materials on walls, in wet environments, even in showers. Improved technology has also improved the formulations of these adhesives, replacing harmful solvents with water-based options. When it comes to adhesives, sustainability is becoming increasingly important. This demand is being fueled by new and more stringent green building regulations as well as growing consumer awareness of health and environmental concerns. 

Driven by Contractors

Much like architects and designers, contractors and installers can influence how “green” or sustainable a project can be. If contractors/installers are working on a green building project, they have an even bigger role in determining the project’s sustainability because contractors/installers are typically the ones who order the project’s materials. Using the right materials could be the difference between getting certified or not. Depending on the products that are ordered, the project team might be forced to take a different, possibly less sustainable, path.  

In addition, for adhesives, contractors/installers are able to suggest low-emitting options, for example, this is more beneficial where installers’ health is concerned as well as for the end-user’s health after occupancy.  

Sustainable Adhesives — Not Just Trendy Buzzwords

Sustainability is not a passing trend — it’s become a core aspect of how products are designed. Increasingly consumers are striving to incorporate sustainability into their daily lives and manufacturers are rising to the challenge as well. While being an environmentally-friendly architect or contractor used to be a niche, many are “going green” now. 

Gone are the days when “green” products were not available or were less aesthetically pleasing, or less durable. There are now many ways to design and construct a green building without compromising aesthetics, functionality, or performance and many manufacturers strive to provide these sustainable products.  

The demand for “green” or sustainable adhesives is ever-growing and encourages new, innovative ways of sustainability in the adhesive space. Mapei’s Ultrabond ECO 399 heavy-duty, pressure-sensitive, multi-flooring adhesive not only controls gapping when used with heavy-rolling loads, it is also certified Indoor Advantage Gold for Indoor Air Quality by SCS Global Services, an independent, ISO-accredited certification body. This means that it is certified to conform to low-emitting VOC standards. 

In fact, Mapei is committed to sustainability, we have a longstanding history of prioritizing our products’ health and environmental impacts. We offer a wide-range of products throughout all of product lines certified by SCS Global Services, which evaluates product emissions with criteria derived from California Department of Health (CDPH) Standard Method v1.2-2017. In addition, our products also comply with South Coast Air Quality Management Districts (SCAQMD) VOC limits. Moreover, our products limit toxic ingredients and VOC content. We evaluate our environmental impacts throughout a product’s life cycle and use products with recycled content, where applicable, to limit waste being sent to the landfill.  

For Mapei, and for the flooring industry, there is a demand for transparency when evaluating a product’s material ingredients and environmental impacts. This demand is true for all products, including adhesives. For more information on sustainability, on adhesives, or on Ultrabond ECO 399, please visit