Environmental Attribute Guide

As a longstanding green flooring industry advocate aware of some of the issues in the industry, Tesoro Woods has defined the language used to describe what makes our wood flooring products truly green. Below is an in-depth explanation of the symbols and language we use on our products.

Third Party Certifiers

 Forest Stewardship Council FSC Certified Tesoro Woods believes that the Forest Stewardship Council® is currently the foremost credible forest certification program. We always use the proper “on product” FSC® labeling and their labels such as FSC® 100%, FSC® Mix, FSC® Recycled & the various current combinations. We also use, as required, their generic FSC® labeling on all marketing and information pieces without any actual product attached. This generic labeling does not, as required, detail any of the portions of FSC®, Mix, Recycled. Learn more about the Forest Stewardship Council® here.
  FSC® Mix

This product is certified per the rules of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) for “Mix Sources.” At least 75% of the wood in this product comes from well-managed forests; the remaining content comes from “controlled” sources—i.e. legal, non-endangered and non-old growth sources.

 FloorScore Certified FloorScore

The product has met the indoor air quality (IAQ) certification standard for hard surface flooring materials, adhesives, and underlayments. This seal indicates that the product has been independently certified by SCS to comply with the volatile organic compound emissions criteria of the California Section 01350 standard.

 US Green Building Council USGBC

LEED Certified

The U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC) is the driving force of a green building industry, bringing together a diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials, concerned citizens, teachers, and students. USGBC is the developer and administrator of the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification program and the convener of the Greenbuild® International Conference & Expo.

LEED® certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home, or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health, including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. Learn more about LEED® here.

MR1

The product reduces environmental effects during initial project decision-making by demonstrating a reduction in materials use through life-cycle assessment.

MR2

The product’s life-cycle information is available and has environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts.

LEED Certified Wood Flooring, Bamboo Flooring and Cork Flooring MR4

The product uses materials with recycled content such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one-half of the pre-consumer content constitutes at least 10% (based on cost) of the total value of materials in the project. The sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one-half of the pre-consumer content must constitute at least 20% of total materials costs.

MR6

The product uses rapidly renewable building materials and products (made from plants that are typically harvested within a 10-year cycle or shorter) for 2.5% of the total value of all building materials and products used in the project, based on cost.

LEED Certified Wood Flooring, Bamboo Flooring and Cork Flooring MR7

The product uses a minimum of 50% of wood-based materials and products, which are certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) Principles and Criteria, for wood building components. These components include, but are not limited to, structural framing and general dimensional framing, flooring, subflooring, wood doors, and finishes.

LEED Certified Wood Flooring, Bamboo Flooring and Cork Flooring EQ4.4

The composite wood and agrifiber products such as engineered wood, particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF), plywood, wheatboard, strawboard, panel substrates and door cores contain no added urea-formaldehyde resins.

EQ6

For 75% of the regularly occupied floor area, the product meets a ratio of average ceiling illuminance and average wall surface illuminance (excluding fenestration) to average work  plane or surface illuminance that does not exceed 1:10.

 

Tesoro Woods’ Wood Product Attributes

Natural Plantation Grown Wood Flooring, Bamboo Flooring and Cork Flooring Plantation Grown

Timber that comes from plantations that are not established at the expense of natural forest and do not use genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).

Salvaged Wood Flooring, Bamboo Flooring and Cork Flooring Salvaged Post Agricultural

Repurposes logs that were salvaged from old orchards that were being replanted, re-milling them into new products.

Recycled Wood Flooring, Bamboo Flooring and Cork Flooring Recycled Post Industrial

Recycled “waste wood”, such as sawdust, veneer backing boards or peeler cores that is repurposed and re-milled into new products. Qualifies as FSC Recycled & USGB LEED MR4.

Salvaged Reclaimed Recycled Wood Flooring Reclaimed Building Deconstruction

Remanufactured timbers that come from the deconstruction of old buildings, specifically doors, windows or flooring that is then re-milled into new products. Qualifies as FSC® Recycled & USGB LEED MR4.

No Added Urea Formaldehyde Wood Flooring, Bamboo Flooring and Cork Flooring No Added Urea-Formaldehyde

Engineered wood flooring products that contain no – less than 0.001ppm (parts per million) – added urea-formaldehyde in the glues. Tesoro Woods uses a newly developed two-part, EPI glue system that contains no added urea-formaldehyde.

Low VOC Wood Flooring, Bamboo Flooring and Cork Flooring Low VOC

The 3rd Party Certified Low-VOC product emit less than 0.005ppm (parts per million) volatile organic compound chemicals.

No VOC Wood Flooring, Bamboo Flooring, Cork Flooring No VOC

The 3rd Party Certified No-VOC product emit less than 0.001ppm (parts per million) volatile organic compound chemicals.

Natural Wood Flooring Oil and UV Finish Natural Finish

Durable engineered finish composed of plant oils and waxes, with just enough highly refined mineral spirits for easy application. This finish will never crack, blister, or flake off.

 

Tesoro Woods’ Bamboo and Cork Product Attributes

Learn more about Super-Strand Bamboo’s Indoor Air Quality

Non Wood Flooring, Bamboo Flooring and Cork Flooring Non-Wood

The product is not composed of wood and is not from trees. Examples of alternative to fiber to wood options include bamboo, palm, and cork.

Rapidly Renewable Wood Flooring, Bamboo Flooring and Cork Flooring Rapidly Renewable

The material used to make the products takes an average of 15 years or less to regrow. Qualifies as USGB LEED MR6.

CO2 Neutral

From growth to end of life the product releases the same amount of carbon dioxide as it absorbs. MOSO Bamboo Products’ bamboo produces 1.0 CO2 eq/kg and absorbs 1.3 CO2 eq/kg.

Cfl-s1 Fire Rating

European classification. The product has been treated with fire retardant treatment and produces little smoke. Comparable to a Class B flame-spread rating.

No Added Urea Formaldehyde Wood Flooring, Bamboo Flooring and Cork Flooring No Added Urea-Formaldehyde

The flooring product contains no – less than 0.001ppm (parts per million) – added urea-formaldehyde in the glues. Tesoro Woods uses a newly developed two-part, EPI glue system that contains no added urea-formaldehyde.

Low VOC Wood Flooring, Bamboo Flooring and Cork Flooring Low VOC

The 3rd Party Certified Low-VOC product emit less than 0.005ppm (parts per million) volatile organic compound chemicals.

No VOC Wood Flooring, Bamboo Flooring, Cork Flooring No VOC

The 3rd Party Certified No-VOC product emit less than 0.001ppm (parts per million) volatile organic compound chemicals.