Make a statement for climate protection and for the region with wooden floors with WOOD FROM HERE certificate!
Wooden floors such as planks, parquet, ready-made parquet, laminate, cork, linoleum, sisal, coconut fiber and wool compete primarily with plastic floors such as PVC, vinyl and chemical textiles, which account for 50% of the market. Wooden floors are still rare in public buildings, but would be a very good option due to the representativeness and the good cost-benefit ratio and its many advantages.
But of course wooden floors are a statement for every visitor to municipalities. Wooden floors are something special that has rarely been seen in public buildings. Therefore, precisely because of this statement, the origin and ecology of the floors are very important.
Floors made of tropical wood do not make sense in the sense of a statement by the municipalities in favor of climate protection and per region, especially since the origins and material flows are often unclear.
However, it is also important to pay attention to evidence such as WOOD FROM HERE for wooden floors with potentially native woods, because wood types that potentially occur in our country also have wide distribution areas and can in principle come from very long distances. Larch can come from local forests or from Siberia, oak can come from the forest on your doorstep or from USA etc.
Wooden floors with HOLZ FROM HIER certificate have several environmental advantages on their side. First, the wood comes 100% verifiably from sustainably managed domestic forests, (2) the paths in the entire material flow of processing are verifiably short and therefore the upstream chains are optimally climate-friendly. (3) Through the use of domestic Biodiversity is protected worldwide - see below.
Advantages of wooden floors
Durability of wooden floors
The durability of wooden floors is specified by BBSR as 50 years. Significantly lower durability is specified for synthetic floors, sometimes even as little as 10 years. Solid wooden floors are timelessly beautiful and never go out of style.
repairability and maintenance costs
Planks or solid parquet have an almost unlimited durability because the surface can be sanded and re-polished. Solid wooden floors are also very easy to care for, contrary to what is usually assumed. The surfaces of solid wooden floors can be oiled, waxed, leached or sealed as desired.
Wooden floors do not statically charge rooms
Wooden floors and therefore the rooms in which they are located do not become statically charged, which is particularly positive for IT workplaces. Synthetic textile floors are treated with chemical or nanotechnological impregnations to achieve the same properties, making them expensive for such applications.
Health compatibility of wooden floors in the usage phase
Floors cover large areas of rooms, so it is very important for the health of the users of these rooms that the floors used are healthy. Two aspects are important for the health compatibility of building materials, including floors: the health impacts from possible emissions during the use phase and the health impacts in the event of a fire. Wooden floors can absolutely score here. According to the WECOBIS project database of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development and the Bavarian Chamber of Architects, natural materials such as wood and stone are optimally compatible with health both in the use phase and in the event of a fire. With other floors, such as elastomers, linoleum, polyolefins, PVC or textile man-made fibers, there are major differences in terms of health protection and you should be assured when procuring and purchasing that no harmful gases are emitted (e.g. VOC, nitrosamines , formaldehyde, etc., see WECOBIS).
VOC and wooden floors - an exaggerated topic with wood
VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) are not a problem with wooden floors. Almost all floor types or products, especially synthetic floors, can emit VOCs. It depends on the concentration as with all emissions, but especially with VOCs on the TYPE of VOCs. For example, there are natural terpenes that you breathe in when you go into the forest or that you smell on freshly cut wood and that are often even certified to have a positive health effect. Or is it artificial benzene or other VOCs on the REACH list. In general, however, wooden floors do not emit more VOCs than other floors (except stone floors).
Fire safety of wooden floors
Fires and fire protection classes are not (!) about a product not burning, every floor (except a stone floor) can burn. It's about how long a floor can withstand the fire so that people can exit the building unharmed and the fire brigade can put out the fire properly. And it's about the toxic gases that are released during the fire that people breathe.
Solid wooden floors have significant advantages in the event of a fire. Solid wood floors with a top layer > 5 mm are classified as non-combustible or "fireproof" according to the EN 14342 standard. In principle, when wood burns, smoke and brangdagse are produced, but no toxic gases such as dioxins or furans, as is the case with plastic fires. Fire protection requirements are particularly high for synthetic floors in public areas, which is why these floors are often treated with additives such as flame retardants. These can also include flame retardants - especially if the floors come from imports into the EU - which are on the European REACH candidate list. It is already known that these substances are highly toxic, carcinogenic and harmful to the child in the womb, but they are not yet subject to limit values in the EU because the classifications are still ongoing. underneath are often agents such as the carcinogenic flame retardant HBCD/HBCDD.
wooden floors and heating costs
Wooden floors create an optimized "feel good temperature" in the room, so that energy costs can often be reduced.
The antiquated prejudice of the "creaky wooden floor"
Wooden beam ceilings were generally used up until the 1960s. Unfortunately, the typical image from back then of the "creaking and swinging wooden ceiling" is still in many people's minds today, also in connection with wooden floors. However, this has absolutely nothing to do with laying wooden floors today. Wooden floors can be laid floating or glued. The underbody constructions are now soundproof and sure-footed. Many manufacturers offer click-fix systems, which makes laying quick and easy.
Floors with a HOLZ VON HIER certificate are of course unbeatable when it comes to climate protection, environmental protection, resource efficiency and the protection of biodiversity.
Since the proof of origin of HOLZ VON HIER also indicates production within Europe, the manufacturers of these floors must automatically comply with the health and consumer protection requirements applicable in Europe as well as the strict EU requirements for social and environmental aspects of production in Europe.
Picture gallery with wooden floors made from local wood
The following picture gallery shows solid wood floors made from local wood. Among them are also such unusual woods as oak, "copper oak", hornbeam, Douglas fir and others.
1st picture . The first picture shows a wooden floor made of planks made of Douglas fir (left), hornbeam (middle, white stripe) and copper oak (right), which was installed in a HVH pavilion (floor not wiped). In one year, 1.2 million people have walked over this ground, with wet, dirty street shoes, prams and all the "trimmings". Hardly any floor in a public building is exposed to such a load in a confined space. The floor was only mopped once a week and then looked like new again. After the pavilion was used (laying), the floor was removed because of the practical click-fix system and reinstalled elsewhere without damage.
2nd picture . The second picture shows an oak plank floor (oak B quality) in a public building, of course with the highest fire protection requirements. This timelessly beautiful floor with an HVH certificate was cheaper to purchase than any other floor that was offered.
Further. More pictures of various kinds but all with local wood.