ZERO CARBON FOOTPRINT
Wood is the only construction material that locks away carbon which means it can help battle climate change immediately.
Wood removes more CO2 from the atmosphere than it adds through manufacturing. Even when it’s cut down, wood locks away the carbon it’s absorbed to help slow global warming.
Experts say timber structures could be the future of architecture, so it’s beneficial to know that by choosing a wood floor for your project, you’re choosing the world’s most environmentally friendly construction material and preparing for the future, today.
Wood from managed forests stores carbon as opposed to emitting it. Trees store different levels of carbon based on their age and species. A well-managed forest not only considers the balance of the entire ecosystem by maintaining a mixture of old and new trees – even species, but also provides social and economic benefits too.
Globally schemes like FSCTM and PEFC help to preserve forests globally so that they can continue absorbing CO2, prevent deforestation and protect biodiversity which ultimately helps fight climate change.
BUILT TO LAST
Durability is key to reducing environmental impact and is a key component of a green building. A durable product, like a quality wood floor, will last the distance and therefore minimise your environmental impact as it won’t need to be replaced as frequently.
Plus, with absolutely no built-in obsolescence you can rest assured the longevity of our real wood floors will continue for many years to come.
A LIFE CYCLE APPROACH
Thinking about a product from its origin to its end takes into consideration not only its production and consumption but also its full use and what happens at the end of its life.
Starting in 1993 with Ted Todd and progressing via our Woodworks brand we have a culture of re-using and making the most of our natural resources. Over the years we have reclaimed and reused 1000’s of tonnes of wood which we crafted into floors. We aren’t phased by this often complex and challenging task as we believe retrofitting new designs to avoid landfill makes the most of everything we have. In fact, our Cheshire Design centre is fitted out using re-worked end of line material!
THE WASTE HIERARCHY – REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE
Waste is also a major part of environmental sustainability. So often this isn’t considered from the beginning of a project but Edwin Heathcote, architect and design critic for the Financial Times, believes ‘that from an architectural point of view the most tangible thing we can do is look seriously at reuse’ and we agree.
Our floors are built for a lifetime of use, and you can extend the life of your wood floor by opting for a minimum 4mm wear layer. This means you can reduce your environmental impact as your wood floor can be sanded and refinished when the time comes. It’s also good to know that if they do come to the end of their life, they could potentially be reused for another purpose or fully recycled unlike manmade alternatives.