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Recycling Access Floors

Access floors (also called

raised floors) are floor systems made of rigid panels supported by short pedestals that create an easily accessed cavity under an entire space. They are expensive and are typically made of materials such as aluminum, steel, high-strength concrete, and formaldehyde-based, medium-density fiberboard—not the usual environmentally friendly line-up. Nevertheless, they are popular among green designers for some commercial spaces because they make a space highly adaptable to changing uses without the cost and impact of cutting into finished wall and floor surfaces.

Published September 1, 1996

(1996, September 1). Recycling Access Floors. Retrieved from