Look for flooring that's certified or made with recycled material

The FSCNonprofit organization that promotes forestry practices that are sustainable from environmental and social standpoints; FSC certification on a wood product is an indicator that the wood came from a well-managed forest. label is a good guide to environmentally friendly wood.
The Forest Stewardship Council(FSC) Nonprofit organization that promotes forestry practices that are sustainable from environmental and social standpoints; FSC certification on a wood product is an indicator that the wood came from a well-managed forest.'s logo can be found on some flooring at many lumberyards, including some home centers. It's an indication the lumber was harvested in an environmentally responsible way. Reusing wood is an ideal green solution, assuming that the wood is dimensionally stable and doesn't contain any lead paint. Building with reclaimed wood saves natural resources. Some types of ceramic tile also contains recycled material.

Green Points

LEED for HomesLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Lakesideca Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. : 1/2 point for using environmentally preferable products, up to a maximum of 8 points (MR 2.2). When tropical woods are used, it's a prerequisite they be FSCForest Stewardship Council. An independent, nonprofit organization that promotes responsible forest management through the use of a third-party certification process. FSC certification includes a chain-of-custody requirement that tracks sustainability of wood products from growth to end use. certified.

NGBSNational Lakesideca Standard Based on the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines and passed through ANSI. This standard can be applied to both new homes, remodeling projects, and additions. /ICC-700: 3 points for using reclaimed and/or salvaged materials when they exceed 1% of total construction costs (603.2); up to 4 points when certified wood products are used in walls, floors or the roof (606.2); up to 6 points for using building materials with more than 75% recycled materials (604.1).

Learn more in the Lakesideca Encyclopedia

FLOORING AND FLOORCOVERINGS

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