Real Wood Floors

    Wood Flooring is Green

    ST. LOUIS, March 14 /CNW/ -- Many ecologically conscious consumers know
that wood flooring is environmentally friendly, but there has not been a lot
of scientific evidence to support this claim.  Until now.
    The National Wood Flooring Association recently conducted a Life Cycle
Analysis of solid wood flooring in conjunction with the University of
Wisconsin.  An analysis of engineered wood flooring is underway.
    The report analyzes the life cycle of wood flooring, from seedling,
through growth, to harvest, to manufacture into lumber and finally, wood
flooring.  The report analyzes the impact wood flooring has on the environment
for harmful air emissions, water consumption, energy consumption and product
life expectancy.
    Air emissions tests analyzed four substances that contribute to
atmospheric warming and human respiratory ailments.  These included carbon
dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxides and other unspecified particulates.  Wood
flooring had no emissions for methane, nitrogen oxide and other particulates,
and minimal emissions for carbon dioxide.
    Water consumption was substantially less than that used to produce
linoleum or carpet, and generally is limited to use in on-site boilers for
facility heating.
    Primary energy use reflects the collective energy inputs required in
manufacturing.  Again, wood was found to have the least amount of primary
energy consumption.
    Wood flooring also stacks up favorably for product service life.  Because
hardwood floors can last hundreds of years, there are fewer replacement
production impacts.  Wood also is the only flooring option analyzed that does
not end up in a landfill after its service life.  Much of it is recycled or
used as a combustible fuel.
    In addition to these findings, many groups recognize wood as a carbon
neutral material since it has the added benefit of storing carbon during its
service life.  During the process of tree growth, trees remove carbon dioxide
from the atmosphere and release oxygen.  This unique process makes wood a
carbon neutral substance.
    Want to know more?  You can access the full report at, under the "What's New" menu option.
    The NWFA is a not-for-profit trade organization of more than 4,100 wood
flooring professionals working worldwide to educate consumers, architects,
designers, and builders in the uses and benefits of wood flooring.  The NWFA
can be contacted at 111 Chesterfield Industrial Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63005,
or at 800-422-4556 (USA), 800-848-8824 (Canada), or 636-519-9663
    Contact:  Anita Howard

               Communications Director

For further information:

For further information: Anita Howard, Communications Director of
National  Wood Flooring Association, +1-636-519-9663, Web

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