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LEED Certification Points with Hardwood Floors

By Stacey Kosha, (289 words) Posted in Green Flooring on April 25, 2009
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Many eco–conscious consumers think LEED certification and hardwood floors are two things that just don’t mix when, in fact, they can. Hardwood floors are being used in LEED certified green homes and business all around the world.

For those that don’t know what LEED is, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and was created by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED offers a Green Build Rating System that uses a point scale rate and certify eco–friendly homes and buildings. There are five categories that you can earn LEED credits in to have your home or building LEED certified. The first four categories involve water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, innovation and design process, energy and atmosphere, and sustainable sites. The last category is and the use of eco–friendly building resources and materials, which includes eco–friendly flooring such as bamboo, cork, and some hardwood floors.

You can use hardwood flooring to contribute toward earning LEED credits by using hardwood that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), has no added formaldehyde, and/or uses recycled content. You can find hardwood floors that contribute toward LEED certification at several retailers including EcoTimber, Green Building Supply, and Wood Monsters.

There are four LEED certification levels available – Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. A common misconception is that there are LEED certified products available. An eco–friendly hardwood floor by itself cannot earn LEED certification. Instead, installing green hardwood flooring can contribute toward a building and home earning LEED points. The home or business then receives the LEED certification, not the products themselves. In fact, most eco–friendly products such as green hardwood floors can only contribute toward earning a portion of the LEED point, not the whole point itself, let alone earn its own certification as many flooring manufacturers misrepresent.

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Comments (19)

Rosi Lehr posted on: June 8, 2009

That is correct. FSC certified wood is the way to go to make sure our forests are responsibly managed and environmentally safe for future generations to enjoy. You can actually log on to the FSC website to check where you can buy FSC certified lumber. Not only is flooring available but also decking and cabinets can be purchased with the FSC certified seal of approval. Architects, designers and the most discriminating clients are hip to this eco-friendly solution for wood lovers everywhere. Thanks for keeping us informed:)

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FSC Wood is really good for making furniture items. It is also eco friendly. we can use to built our home as well as office. Nice information thanks for sharing with me.

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