Environmentally Friendly Hardwood Products

Find out what we’re doing to decrease our energy and resource use, while creating the stylish and durable floors you want for your home.

HARDWOOD

Hardwood floors can last for generations, which makes hardwood a highly sustainable flooring option. Over 90% of our volume is manufactured here in the U.S. using local raw materials, enhancing the sustainability of Armstrong’s hardwoods.

We also manufacture exotic hardwoods by practicing sustainable forest management and reducing the impact of logging practices. Armstrong supports the Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF) – a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to the conservation of tropical forests. We use no species on the CITES list (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

Sustainability Data Page for Hardwood

CARB EMISSIONS STANDARD

Armstrong products are certified to meet the emissions requirements under the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) Airborne Toxic Control Measure to Reduce Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products.

This standard is considered the most stringent emissions standard specifically developed for wood products.

This standard is recognized under the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard for green buildings. This product complies with the LEED Pilot Credit 21: Low Emitting Interiors and can help contribute to the points available under this credit.

The FloorScore program was originally designed as an emissions standard for non-wood or resilient floor coverings. Although wood products can certify against the FloorScore protocol, CARB certification is the primary emissions standard used by the wood flooring industry.

SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES

  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification available for solid and engineered hardwood.*
  • Armstrong’s engineered wood flooring is certified as a low-emitting (low VOC) wood product.
  • Lock&Fold® installation – no adhesive required.*
  • Parquet flooring available made with scrap material.
  • 5/16th solid hardwood – uses half the amount of wood than traditional solid wood.
  • Reclaimed hardwood available from HomerWood.
  • The majority of wood that we use in domestic hardwood flooring is sourced from the Appalachian Hardwood region, where the growth rate is an average of 2+ trees for every tree harvested.

*Applicable only to certain products.

 

HARDWOOD FAQs

What is FSC?

FSC stands for the Forest Stewardship Council. FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

Does Armstrong have any FSC-certified manufacturing plants?

Yes, Armstrong has two facilities currently FSC-certified in Somerset, KY and Beverly, WV.

AWARDS

Builder Magazine 2012 Brand Use Study, Wood Flooring:

  • #1 Brand Familiarity, Builder, Brand Use Study, Bruce, Hardwood Flooring
  • #1 Brand Used Past Two Years, Builder, Brand Use Study, Bruce, Hardwood Flooring
  • #1 Brand Used Most, Builder, Brand Use Study, Bruce, Hardwood Flooring
  • #1 Quality, Builder, Brand Use Study, Bruce, Hardwood Flooring
   
Design Journal Magazine, ADEX Platinum Award:
Artesian Hand-Tooled, Birch Chutney Spice
   
Design Journal Magazine, ADEX Gold Award:
Performance Plus, Cherry Sugared Honey
   
Tropical Forest Foundation
Armstrong supports the Tropical Forest Foundation, a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to the conservation of tropical forests through sustainable forestry.
   

VISION House
In the spring of 2012, the Green Builder VISION House® in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® opened at Disney World. The VISION House is a green show home exhibit presented by Green Builder Media®, designed by Walt Disney Imagineering with hardwood flooring and cabinets by Armstrong.

   
Green Building Council
Armstrong is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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