Real Wood Floors: The 'Green' Flooring Option

    ST. LOUIS, Feb. 15 /CNW/ -- Public awareness about environmental issues
is at an all-time high, and increasingly, consumers are doing their part by
choosing products that have a minimal impact on the environment.  As consumers
become more ecologically conscious, they are demanding the use of sustainable
and renewable building products in their homes and businesses.
    The facts are clear: wood flooring is the only flooring option available
that is completely sustainable, and with new guidelines promoting responsible
forest management, wood flooring has become the flooring option of choice
among many eco-friendly builders, architects, specifiers, designers and
    Wood flooring is the most abundantly renewable flooring material
available.  Sustainable forest management makes it possible to harvest wood
without any serious impact on the environment, because trees are a renewable
resource that can be replaced time and time again.
    Wood is produced in a factory called a forest by a renewable source of
energy called the sun.  Nonrenewable building materials must be produced in
man-made factories.  This requires large inputs of fossil fuels, resulting in
high carbon dioxide emissions.  In other words, all other possible flooring
substitutes are more harmful to the environment.  The answer to using
environmentally friendly building options, then, is not to use less wood, but
to grow more trees, and to promote sustainable forests.
    Which is exactly what is happening.  According to the US Department of
Agriculture Forest Service, the average annual net growth for hardwoods is
greater than average annual removals.  In fact, the average growth to removal
ratio is 1.66, which means that for every cubic foot of hardwood removed, 1.66
cubic feet is added.  In all, the standing hardwood volume currently is 328
billion cubic feet, an increase of nearly 90% since 1953.  Obviously, forests
are sustainable, making wood a sustainable resource, and an obvious choice for
environmentally conscious consumers.  To learn more about the benefits of wood
flooring, visit the National Wood Flooring Association's web site at
    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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