Boost learning with innovative & carbon neutral flooring

Need to freshen up your floors? UB looks at some options

Good-looking shared spaces are a must in any modern higher education provider. But the type of flooring you choose for your institution does not simply affect its aesthetic appeal. It can also dictate how students and staff feel about a space: is it spacious, intimate, formal or fun? What are they being invited to do here?

The right sort of flooring for a space can also boost wellbeing and productivity. In short: what’s under their feet can influence what’s in their heads.

Here, we look at two innovative flooring choices for your autumn refurb – including carbon neutral and recycled flooring – both as easy on the planet as they are on the eye.


Japanese minimalism and a love of natural beauty inform Interface’s Embodied Beauty™ collection.

It’s also the company’s first collection to include carbon negative carpet tiles, designed to help universities lower their carbon footprint without sacrificing style.

All seven styles are carbon neutral across their full product life cycle through the Carbon Neutral Floors™ programme, while three are carbon negative from cradle to gate (ie from resource extraction to the moment it’s transported to the customer).



At student accommodation block The Refinery in Leeds, Forbo’s Tessera Cloudscape is helping create the perfect atmosphere for students to socialise in, come the new academic year.

The Stormy Weather, Cirrus Sky and Ocean Winds colourways, all of which were cut to size and fitted together in a weaving pattern, were installed in the lounge and games area.

Tessera tiles also boast at least 57% recycled content and perform well in heavy traffic environments.

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