The Resurgence of Cork

 

Let’s talk about resurgence.

 

Resurgence is defined as a rising again into life. We typically hear resurgence used in the context of urban development; a city redesigning itself to become more prosperous in all dimensions. But what if I told you cork as a material is going through its own resurgence? 

 

Yes, that cork - the cork that stops your beloved Josh Cabernet. 

 

Cork dates back to 1300 B.C. when it was used for household tools and thermal insulation for carrier ships. 

 

It was discovered under the microscope that the honeycomb structure of cork was 15% solid and the rest was air. Therefore the cork is extremely lightweight and compressible. 

 

But in the context of building materials, cork’s resurgence is about more than its composition, it is about the performance characteristics it brings to the table. Cork is being used in more innovative ways in spaces - from surfacing to LVT. 


Let’s explore some of the benefits that cork brings to building materials.

 

  • Thermal Comfort:  

Since its beginning, cork has been known to be a natural insulator. Today, we can use cork to help retain room temperature. This means that in the summer months, the cork will hold onto the coolness from the AC. And when it’s that dreadful time of the year (cough, cough winter) the cork will retain heat and keep you warm and toasty. 

CaraGreen Healthy Cork Expanko

  • Acoustic Qualities:

Acoustics have been a hot topic. With cork being primarily composed of air, it is a natural sound absorber. It’s also soft which allows the material to absorb impact and sound.

CaraGreen Expanko Healthy Cork

  • Underfoot Comfort 

The softness of cork doesn’t just help with acoustics but also helps your toesies stay relaxed. With the likelihood of workplace trends changing again and all our time working from home, comfort will be crucial when we go back to our offices. Cork flooring is easy to install and helps to increase overall comfort and relaxation. A more comfortable employee likely leads to higher productivity. 

CaraGreen Healthy Cork

  • Hypoallergenic 

An allergy-friendly material! I’m guessing you didn’t expect to find this on the list. Another amazing benefit of cork is that its cellular structure doesn’t allow for dust to be absorbed - a win for those suffering from allergies and asthma. And let’s face it, allergies are the last thing we need right now. 


 

Want to learn more about cork in the built environment? 

Request a product introduction:  https://www.caragreen.com/education

 

Learn more about cork:

https://www.caragreen.com/blog/entry/10-reasons-to-putcorkinit

https://www.archdaily.com/884983/could-cork-be-natures-answer-to-our-environmental-and-construction-needs

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