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Columbia Greenworks - Hardwood

Hardwood Flooring You Can Feel Good About

Columbia Flooring makes it easy for your customers to do their part for the environment when selecting new hardwood floors for their homes. While a lot of companies talk about being green, Columbia Flooring demonstrates environmental leadership in every step of the process.

 

From selecting renewable resources to eliminating added urea-formaldehyde, we're constantly seeking new ways to recycle, reduce, reuse, recover and renew. Customers can rest assured that, whether they select solid hardwood flooring or engineered hardwood flooring, their new Columbia Flooring hardwood floors will not only look beautiful in their homes - it is engineered to preserve the environment around them.

Crafted From Renewable Resources In the U.S.A.

  • Most Columbia Flooring hardwood flooring products are certified AHMI¹, Verified Sustainable.²
  • The Appalachian hardwood territory includes more than 65.4 million acres in the eastern U.S. and provides the world a bounty of the finest hardwood species.³ The AHMI has verified data from the U.S. Forest Service that timber harvested from the Appalachian hardwood territory is able to meet present needs without compromising those of future generations
  • The Appalachian Hardwood Forest is
    - Growing an average of 2.29 trees for every 1 tree that is harvested.³
    - Growing in 12 states in the eastern U.S. with more than 65 million acres

Made In the U.S.A.

Because Columbia Flooring hardwood products are domestically manufactured using Appalachian grown timber, fewer greenhouse gas emissions are generated in transport to retail when compared to imported products.

 

Manufacturing Facilities

  • Danville, VA - Engineered
  • Holden, WV - Solid (Domestic Exotic and Oak)
  • Melbourne, AR - Solid (Domestic Exotic and Oak)

Lacey Act Compliant

The Columbia Flooring brand takes very seriously our position as an industry leader when it comes to Lacey Act compliance. Our adherence to the requirements of the expanded Lacey Act gives consumers full confidence they are purchasing flooring that meets the strictest wood sourcing standards in the world.

Indoor Air Quality

Columbia Flooring engineered wood flooring meets or exceeds the most stringent formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products in the world.

Did you know?

  • The air inside your home can be more polluted than the air outside. Regardless of where you live, your home can have two to five more times pollution.4
  • Most composite wood products5 are manufactured with urea formaldehyde (UF), which contributes to elevated formaldehyde emissions. Formaldehyde is designated a toxic air contaminant (TAC) in California with no safe level of exposure, and state law requires the Air Resources Board (CARB) to take action to reduce human exposure to TAC's6.

Columbia Flooring Solution!

Our manufacturing process features patented PureBond® Technology. PureBond® is a new innovation replacing urea-formaldehyde traditionally used in the manufacture of composite wood products. Because Columbia Flooring's engineered wood floors use PureBond® Technology, we have eliminated formaldehyde emissions associated with UF adhesives in our hardwood floors. And that means lower formaldehyde emissions that may contribute to better indoor air quality for the home.

CARB Phase 2 Certified

Columbia Flooring is one of the first in the wood flooring industry to achieve Phase 2 Certifications from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) - a Division of the California EPA responsible for improving air quality in California by establishing limits for air contaminants, such as formaldehyde emissions from composite products.

FloorScore® Certified

Columbia Flooring is the first company to achieve FloorScore® certification for engineered wood flooring. FloorScore® tests in accordance with CHPS Section 01350, which was established by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The U.S. Green Building Council accepts the FloorScore® certified products as compliant with LEED® Green Building Rating Systems™ for low-emitting materials.7


Click here to see the Columbia products that are FloorScore Certified.

LEED® Compliant

Our hardwood flooring products are compliant with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating Systems™ and may contribute LEED® points for low-emitting materials.









To learn more about LEED Compliance, click here.

  • 1 The AHMI is an association of lumber producers and suppliers who manufacture and distribute the lumber and products from this region.
  • 2 On Domestic Exotic products only.
  • 3 Source appalachianhardwood.info (06/02/09)
  • 4 Source columbiaforestproducts.com (01/23/09)
  • 5 Range of derivative wood products which are manufactured by binding together the strands, particles, fibers, or veneers
       of wood together with adhesives, to form composite products.
  • 6 Fact sheet on Proposed Airborne Toxic control Measure for Composite Wood Products, July 2006.
  • 7 Source RFCI.com (06/02/09)

  • Columbia Greenworks™ is part of the Mohawk® Greenworks™ corporate initiative. Log on to www.mohawkgreenworks.com for all Mohawk® Greenworks™ corporate programs.

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