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Flooring and PEFC-Certified Timber

Flooring and PEFC-Certified Timber

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Flooring and PEFC-Certified Timber
Flooring and PEFC-Certified Timber

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Published by: PEFC International on Aug 11, 2014
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PEFC (Programme for Endorsement of
Forest Certication)
 is an international
non-prot, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting
Sustainable Forest Management
 through independent third-party certication. PEFC is an umbrella organisation. It works by endorsing national forest certication systems developed collaboratively by all
interested stakeholders and tailored to local
priorities and conditions. National forest certication schemes undergo rigorous third party assessment against PEFC’s unique
Sustainability Benchmarks.
PEFC has recognised certication systems in over 30 countries. Together these account for over 258 million hectares of certied forests, making PEFC the world’s largest forest and wood product certication system. It applies the highest ecological, social and ethical standards to forest management and is the certication system of choice for family and community-owned forests. At its core is an independently veried
of Custody
 process which tracks certied material from the forest to the end user enabling companies to make accurate claims on the content of certied material. It proves that each step of the supply chain from the forest to the end user has been monitored closely with independent auditing. To date, more than 16,000 companies have obtained
PEFC Chain of Custody certication.
Stylish, durable and low maintenance, timber is one of the most popular and widely used materials in the ooring sector. Solid, engineered or laminate, timber brings a natural and elegant element to any interior and wooden ooring is widely recognised as a hard wearing, natural product and suitable for most building types. With a wide range of species, colours, textures and grain patterns plus a winning combination of sustainability and aesthetics, it has become a key material for building specication. As well as being a long term staple of domestic homes and DIY, timber ooring is now being increasingly requested in the commercial sector. Hygienic and easy to clean in comparison to carpet, timber is regularly specied in healthcare and educational environments.Demand for responsibly-produced goods is growing everywhere. Wood products use considerably less energy in their production than many alternative materials and with climate change and environmental concerns ever-present, both consumers and clients are increasingly seeking assurances that the products they buy have been responsibly-sourced. From commercial building owners and public sector speciers to the DIY and residential markets, everybody is now far better informed and knowledgeable about their purchasing decisions and the impact on the environment. They are increasingly looking to buy timber products that are labelled as legal and sustainable. One of the simplest ways to demonstrate that your ooring comes from responsibly-managed forests is to buy and supply
PEFC-certied material.
 This is your guarantee that it will have been sourced from forests endorsed against PEFC’s international Sustainability Benchmarks and tracked through the supply chain via strict
Chain of Custody certication.
Every cubic metre of wood ooring contains 5kg of carbon dioxide and stores that until end of life where it can be reused or recycled. CO
 emissions are seen as the principal cause of climate change so the carbon footprint of any product has become fundamental to the procurement decision-making process as quality, design and price.
[Source: Frühwald, Hamburg University/UK TTF] 

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