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
|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.|
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.
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.
|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.
The product reduces environmental effects during initial project decision-making by demonstrating a reduction in materials use through life-cycle assessment.
The product’s life-cycle information is available and has environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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