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Green Guide

What You Should Know About...

>> The Lacey Act
>> LEED
>> Going Green on the Jobsite
>> Selling Wood Flooring as "Green"
>> Why Using Wood Flooring Saves Forests
>> Forest Certifications
>> Domestic Sustainable Forestry


Green Blog: picture of Elizabeth BaldwinRead the HF Green Blog:
Every week, environmental expert
Elizabeth Baldwin takes on issues
that impact the wood flooring industry.



Green Glossary

  • Bright greens: environmentalists who believe we need major change but that it should come about through better design and technology
  • CARB (California Air Resources Board): arb.ca.gov, sets VOC limits for most of California
  • Carbon Footprint: A measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change
  • Carbon Neutral: Achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing a measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset
  • CERFLOR: www.inmetro.gov.br/qualidade/cerflor.asp, the Brazilian government's forest certification program
  • CSA (Canadian Standards Association): www.csa-international.org, offers the National Standard for Sustainable Forest Management
  • Dark greens: environmentalists with a decidedly negative outlook for the world who believe we need radical political and societal change to solve problems
  • EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency): www.eia-global.org/forests.html
  • Embodied Energy: the sum of the energy necessary to make a product, from the raw material extraction to the manufacturing process to shipping it to its point of use
  • FSC (Forest Stewardship Council): www.fsc.org, a forest product certification system
  • FloorScore: www.rfci.com, A certification program for Indoor Air Quality created by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute in conjunction with Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)
  • GBI (Green Building Initiative): www.thegbi.org, a nonprofit network of building industry leaders that offers Green Globes certification and promotes NAHB Model Green Building Guidelines
  • Green Fatigue: Resistance to environmental practices that arises from continual pressure to "go green"
  • Green Globes: www.greenglobes.com, A voluntary standard program for commercial buildings that is more widespread in Canada; it is distributed in the U.S. by the Green Building Initiative (see above)
  • Greenguard: www.greenguard.org, an industry-independent, nonprofit organization that offers a certification program for low-emitting interior products and materials
  • Greenwashing: any instance when companies make misleading claims about their environmental responsibility
  • IAQ (Indoor Air Quality): The air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants
  • LCA (Life Cycle Assessment): Also referred to as "Life Cycle Analysis."Often referred to as cradle-to-grave analysis
  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design): www.usgbc.org/leed, a green building certification program managed by the USGBC
  • Light greens: environmentalists who aren't politically active but make personal lifestyle choices, such as recycling and buying organic, to improve the environment
  • NAHB (National Association of Home Builders): www.nahb.org, has Model Green Building Guidelines
  • Old-Growth Forest: A forest significantly past the age of maturity of its dominant species
  • OTC (Ozone Transport Commission): otcair.org, regulates VOC laws in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia
  • PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification): www.pefc.org, originally only in Europe, it is now an umbrella forest certification global in scope and includes other certification programs such as SFI, CSA and CERFLOR
  • Precycling: Preventing waste before it happens
  • RPP (Responsible Procurement Program): nwfa.org/member/RPP.aspx, a sustainable forest management program offered by the National Wood Flooring Association
  • RRP: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program
  • SCAQMD (South Coast Air Quality Management District) (of California): aqmd.gov, the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the smoggiest region of the U.S.
  • SCS (Scientific Certification Systems): scscertified.org, is a certifying body for FSC
  • SFI (Sustainable Forest Initiative): www.aboutsfi.org, a forest certification that was originally created by the American Forest & Paper Association but is now independently managed
  • Smartwood: www.smartwood.org, a verification and certification service offered by the Rainforest Alliance
  • TFF (Tropical Forest Foundation): www.tropicalforestfoundation.org, offers verification systems
  • TFT (Tropical Forest Trust): www.tropicalforesttrust.com, offers verification systems
  • Triple Bottom Line: Going beyond finances to take environmental and social factors into account
  • USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council): www.usgbc.org, offers the LEED program
  • VOC: Volatile Organic Compound
  • WWF's GFTN (World Wildlife Fund's Global Forest & Trade Network): www.gftn.panda.org Among other info, the site has links to the GFTN's Keep It Legal and Responsible Purchasing of Wood Products publications

Resources

Here are a list of flooring suppliers and some green resources that you may find helpful when deciding on what floor to choose for your project. If you have any questions or need assistance please feel free to contact us. Thank you.
FSC Certified Flooring Suppliers

 

 
 

 

Green Guide

What You Should Know About...

>> The Lacey Act
>> LEED
>> Going Green on the Jobsite
>> Selling Wood Flooring as "Green"
>> Why Using Wood Flooring Saves Forests
>> Forest Certifications
>> Domestic Sustainable Forestry


Green Blog: picture of Elizabeth BaldwinRead the HF Green Blog:
Every week, environmental expert
Elizabeth Baldwin takes on issues
that impact the wood flooring industry.



Green Glossary

  • Bright greens: environmentalists who believe we need major change but that it should come about through better design and technology
  • CARB (California Air Resources Board): arb.ca.gov, sets VOC limits for most of California
  • Carbon Footprint: A measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change
  • Carbon Neutral: Achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing a measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset
  • CERFLOR: www.inmetro.gov.br/qualidade/cerflor.asp, the Brazilian government's forest certification program
  • CSA (Canadian Standards Association): www.csa-international.org, offers the National Standard for Sustainable Forest Management
  • Dark greens: environmentalists with a decidedly negative outlook for the world who believe we need radical political and societal change to solve problems
  • EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency): www.eia-global.org/forests.html
  • Embodied Energy: the sum of the energy necessary to make a product, from the raw material extraction to the manufacturing process to shipping it to its point of use
  • FSC (Forest Stewardship Council): www.fsc.org, a forest product certification system
  • FloorScore: www.rfci.com, A certification program for Indoor Air Quality created by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute in conjunction with Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)
  • GBI (Green Building Initiative): www.thegbi.org, a nonprofit network of building industry leaders that offers Green Globes certification and promotes NAHB Model Green Building Guidelines
  • Green Fatigue: Resistance to environmental practices that arises from continual pressure to "go green"
  • Green Globes: www.greenglobes.com, A voluntary standard program for commercial buildings that is more widespread in Canada; it is distributed in the U.S. by the Green Building Initiative (see above)
  • Greenguard: www.greenguard.org, an industry-independent, nonprofit organization that offers a certification program for low-emitting interior products and materials
  • Greenwashing: any instance when companies make misleading claims about their environmental responsibility
  • IAQ (Indoor Air Quality): The air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants
  • LCA (Life Cycle Assessment): Also referred to as "Life Cycle Analysis."Often referred to as cradle-to-grave analysis
  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design): www.usgbc.org/leed, a green building certification program managed by the USGBC
  • Light greens: environmentalists who aren't politically active but make personal lifestyle choices, such as recycling and buying organic, to improve the environment
  • NAHB (National Association of Home Builders): www.nahb.org, has Model Green Building Guidelines
  • Old-Growth Forest: A forest significantly past the age of maturity of its dominant species
  • OTC (Ozone Transport Commission): otcair.org, regulates VOC laws in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia
  • PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification): www.pefc.org, originally only in Europe, it is now an umbrella forest certification global in scope and includes other certification programs such as SFI, CSA and CERFLOR
  • Precycling: Preventing waste before it happens
  • RPP (Responsible Procurement Program): nwfa.org/member/RPP.aspx, a sustainable forest management program offered by the National Wood Flooring Association
  • RRP: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program
  • SCAQMD (South Coast Air Quality Management District) (of California): aqmd.gov, the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the smoggiest region of the U.S.
  • SCS (Scientific Certification Systems): scscertified.org, is a certifying body for FSC
  • SFI (Sustainable Forest Initiative): www.aboutsfi.org, a forest certification that was originally created by the American Forest & Paper Association but is now independently managed
  • Smartwood: www.smartwood.org, a verification and certification service offered by the Rainforest Alliance
  • TFF (Tropical Forest Foundation): www.tropicalforestfoundation.org, offers verification systems
  • TFT (Tropical Forest Trust): www.tropicalforesttrust.com, offers verification systems
  • Triple Bottom Line: Going beyond finances to take environmental and social factors into account
  • USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council): www.usgbc.org, offers the LEED program
  • VOC: Volatile Organic Compound
  • WWF's GFTN (World Wildlife Fund's Global Forest & Trade Network): www.gftn.panda.org Among other info, the site has links to the GFTN's Keep It Legal and Responsible Purchasing of Wood Products publications

Resources

Here are a list of flooring suppliers and some green resources that you may find helpful when deciding on what floor to choose for your project. If you have any questions or need assistance please feel free to contact us. Thank you.
FSC Certified Flooring Suppliers