Wood is a natural material and flooring that generally comes in plank form. There are many different species of wood and types of wood flooring including reclaimed, suppressed, and wood from responsibly managed forests. Wood is not a rapidly renewable resource and requires several years growth before harvesting. Consider reclaimed wood or product from certified forests.
- Use cleaning chemicals and solutions that are Green Seal certified.
End of Life Tips
- Not easily recycled as finishes are applied to the hardwood during the installation process.
- If in good condition, flooring materials can be donated to organizations like Habitat for Humanity that will reuse them
- Some local recycling facilities may recycle old hardwood floors, however, they most likely will charge a fee to do so. Contact the flooring manufacturer for recycling information, or visit Earth 911 http://earth911.com/ to determine the capacity of local facilities.
For alignment with LEED Standards
- Regional Materials: At a minimum, use 20% of the combined value of construction and Division 12 (Furniture) materials and products that are manufactured regionally within a radius of 500 miles. Additionally, use a minimum of 10% of the combined value of construction and Division 12 (Furniture) materials and products extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project.
- Construction Waste: Recycle and/or salvage a minimum of 50% of nonhazardous construction and demolition debris.
- Certified Wood: Use a minimum of 50% of wood-based products and materials that are certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council's principles and criteria.
- Adhesives & Finishes: Must meet the volatile organic compound (VOC) requirements of South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1113 & Rule 1168.