Reducing your carbon imprint
Hardwood Flooring and Reducing Your Carbon Imprint
- Wood flooring is the only flooring option available that is completely sustainable. Wood harvested from sustainable logging practices is a renewable resource whereas other materials (such as steel, aluminum and plastic) are derived from non-renewable resources.
- Hardwood flooring can be re-sanded several times making it last 100 years on average unlike carpet, vinyl and laminate. No other flooring option available lasts as long, which means other flooring alternatives will need to be replaced sooner, using more resources to produce and creating more landfill waste to discard the old, worn-out material. The wood floors you install today will be there for your lifetime and beyond, which makes them a sound environmental flooring choice.
- Laminates are composed of multiple layers of press board. The top layer is actually a photographic image of wood that has a protective finish on it. Laminates are less expensive than wood floors because they are not truly wood floors. In addition, unlike wood, laminate floors cannot be refinished, and will need to be replaced when they begin to show wear. Both wood and laminates are beautiful products that are easy to maintain, but in the long run, only real wood floors will add beauty and value to your home for years to come.
- Committing to purchasing Canadian manufactured products contributes to reducing your carbon footprint.
- Radiant heat is one of the latest green building trends that have gained popularity with eco-conscious consumers. Eco-conscious consumers can reduce their carbon footprint even further by installing radiant heat under engineered wood floors. Because wood floors are sustainable and renewable, they increase the environmental benefits of using radiant heat. Generally speaking, engineered flooring works well with radiant heat since its cross-ply construction makes it very dimensionally stable and less vulnerable to moisture or heat fluctuations.
- Many groups recognize wood as a carbon neutral material since it has the added benefit of storing carbon during its service life. During the process of tree growth, trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen. This unique process makes wood a carbon neutral substance.
- Wood flooring has been found to consume the lowest amount of energy in manufacturing (electricity and fossil fuel), followed by linoleum and PVC. By comparing global warming potentials of these flooring materials, this study showed that PVC had the highest global warming potential (GWP) of 4.2 kg/m2. This was 2.5 times greater than linoleum (1.6 kg/m2), while the GWP of wood was negligible (0.42 kg/m2). Given the huge amounts of energy needed to produce some carpet and vinyl floor coverings, a hardwood floor can be an environmentally friendly option as there is less pollution in its production and it is easily recycled.
Appalachian Flooring's Steps to Reduce their Carbon Imprint
- Source raw material locally.
- Invest in projects to increase production yield and reduce energy consumption.
- Use sawdust produced during manufacturing processes to provide energy to kiln dry our lumber.
- Product design that optimises life cycle and reduces environmental impact and maintenance.
- Teach consumers how to increase the life cycle of their flooring by protecting it from damage resulting from extremes in temperature and humidity as well as from water damage. Also teach consumers about proper maintenance and cleaning.
- Provide clear, easy to use technical information to architects and end users as well as advertise the advantages of wood in an appropriate way.
We take pride in being environmentally conscious. Therefore our manufacturing process is designed to minimize production waste and to conserve valuable hardwood species for future generations.
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