OUR ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERS
The U.S. Green Building Council, co-founded by Mike Italiano, David Gottfried and Rick Fedrizzi in 1993, is a private 5013, membership-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in building design, construction, and operation.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world's forests. The FSC does this by setting standards on forest products, along with certifying and labeling them as eco-friendly.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
The product reduces negative environmental effects during the project by using the minimum amount of material through the life cycle assessment.
The product's life-cycle information is available and has environmental, social, and economical properties and characteristics.
The product consists of recycled materials, where applicable, so that the sum of post-consumer content plus one-half of the pre-consumer content equals at least 10% of the entire value of materials in the project. The total value of one-half of pre-consumer content plus post-consumer recycled content must equal at least 20% of the costs for materials.
The product uses renewable materials made from plants that are harvested within a 10 year cycle or shorter. This constitutes 2.5% of the entire value of materials used in the project.
At least half of the product consists of wood-based materials certified under the Forest Stewardship Council's Principles and Criteria for wood building components. These can include flooring, finishes, sub-flooring, structural/dimensional framing, and wood doors.
The agri-fiber (a green building product that is stronger, lighter, and less expensive than mineral cores) products such as plywood, medium density fiberboard (MDF), engineered wood, particleboard, panel substrates, straw-board, door cores, and wheat-board contain no added urea-formaldehyde resins.
The product used for at least 75% of the commonly used floor space meets and does not exceed a 1:10 ratio in regards to the average wall surface luminosity (excluding fenestration) and average ceiling luminosity to the average work plane.
WOOD PRODUCT SOURCES
Wood which comes from plantations not created by the destruction of natural forests and do not use genetically-modified organisms (GMO's).
SALVAGED POST AGRICULTURAL
Uses repurposed logs salvaged from replanted orchards and mills them into new products.
RECYCLED POST INDUSTRIAL
Recycled wood waste, such as veneer backing boards, sawdust, or peeler cores that is repurposed and milled into new products. Meets the requirements for FSC Recycled & USGB LEED MR 4 material.
RECYCLED BUILDING DECONSTRUCTION
Re-manufactured wood that comes from the demolition of old flooring, windows, and doors from buildings, that is then re-milled into new products. Meets the requirements for FSC Recycled & USGB LEED MR 4 material.
NO ADDED UREA-FORMALDEHYDE
Wood flooring products that contain no more than 0.001ppm (parts per million) urea-formaldehyde in the glues. Wood Floor Connection uses a newly developed two-part, EPI glue system that contains no added urea-formaldehyde.
A low V.O.C. product emits less than 0.005ppm (parts per million) volatile organic compound chemicals.
A no V.O.C. product emits less than 0.001ppm (parts per million) volatile organic compound chemicals.
ALL NATURAL FINISH
A durable, engineered finish comprised of plant waxes and oils with just enough highly refined mineral spirits for easy application. This creates a product that will never blister, crack, or flake off.