Sustainable Flooring Products – Are they ready for prime time?

June 20, 2008 at 9:14 pm 3 comments

Buildings Magazine has put out the 100 best products for year issue and among them are some flooring products that look pretty darn good and claim to be made completely from recycled materials.

The first up is Sustainable Flooring’s Strandwood Product (http://www.sustainableflooring.com/?index=strandwoven).  Here is the description from the website:

Our Strandwoven wood line encompasses three main products: Aspen, MSB, and Timber, and can be best described as the re-engineering of densified and compressed wood. Our goal is take weed species, post-industiral scraps, and economically–challenged woods, and use a bit of healthy technology to create unmatched aesthetics and superior products.

From the pictures on the website it looks like a good product and should be very durable as well.

Next up is a a product from FritzTile (http://www.fritztile.com/#9877949936143315923) using recycled glass from various bottles and other post consumer glass content.

Both of these products should qualify for LEED and Greenpoint Rated credits and look beautiful doing so.

Now there are other types of flooring that qualify potentially as sustainable options.  Included here would be cork and bamboo flooring.  Of course our earlier manufacturer Sustainable Flooring also offers both of these options (http://www.sustainableflooring.com/index.php?index=home).

Also I have found a great explainer at BuidlingGreen.com for those interested in how bamboo flooring is made. (http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm?fileName=061005c.xml)

It is also interesting that Treehugger.com gives bamboo flooring a less than superior rating from an overall green perspective.  The full article can be found here: (http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/09/bamboo_flooring.php).

Cork flooring on the other hand is seemingly mostly ignored by the green rating sites.  It supposedly has high marks in acoustic dampening and abrasion resistance.  However I imagine that it design differences would be limited and as such would be of limited use except in specific situations.

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  • 2. ready made magazine  |  July 8, 2008 at 9:04 am

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  • 3. Anton Pavlenko  |  June 12, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Cork is definitely a product that is often overlooked. I believe it was actually introduced to the US in the early 1900’s and became very popular.

    Another great sustainable resource we provide is Douglas fir flooring milled from old-growth boomstick logs rediscovered in the Columbia River. The floors are tight-grained, have beautiful mineral staining, and are affordable.

    It’s like giving old logs a second life!

    NWCF Corp.
    503-866-4647
    nwcfcorp@gmail.com

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