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Wood Flooring


Description

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.


Tips

O+M Tips

  • 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 Earth911.com to determine the capacity of local facilities.

For alignment with LEED Standards

  • Regional Materials: For credit achievement calculation, products sourced (extracted, manufactured, purchased) within 100 miles (160 km) of the project site are valued at 200% of their base contributing cost.
    • BD+C and ID+C MR: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Sourcing of Raw Materials and Material Ingredients
    • O+M MR: Purchasing - Facility Maintenance and Renovation
  • Construction Waste: Recycle and/or salvage a minimum of 50% of nonhazardous construction and demolition debris.
    • BD+C and ID+C MR: Construction and Demolition Waste Management
  • Certified Wood: Wood-based products and materials that are certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council's principles and criteria contribute to a credit.
    • BD+C and ID+C MR: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization - Sourcing of Raw Materials
    • O+M MR: Purchasing - Ongoing
  • Adhesives: Must meet the volatile organic compound (VOC) requirements of South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1168.
    • BD+C and ID+C EQ: Low-Emitting Materials
    • O+M MR: Purchasing - Facility Maintenance and Renovation