Green flooring options, watch and learn about eco-friendly products

September 17, 2008

Looking for eco-friendly flooring options for your home?  We’ve talked carpet, Marmoleum, bamboo, concrete and more here on  The team at Designing Spaces produced this nice nine minute video on options that you can consider for your remodel.  Watch and learn about lifespan, recycling, and installation.

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FLOORING: Pioneer Millworks launches eco-friendly wood flooring

February 8, 2008

engineered flooring eco-friendlyThis week Pioneer Millworks announced what they are calling the first fully eco-engineered wood flooring in the industry.  At we have not seen one yet either (so if you know of one, leave a comment and let us know!).

Engineered floors are growing in popularity in remodels, and new construction.  For their product, Pioneer Millworks is using FSC certified plywood, and formaldehyde-free low VOC glue.   Here is what their announcment had to say:

Las Vegas, NV February 2008 — Pioneer Millworks is poised to re-engineer the wood flooring industry with the introduction of what is said to be the first, fully-eco engineered floor to hit the market. The new line was launched at Surfaces this week.

Until now, engineered flooring (wood veneer over plywood platform) has inherently been a non-eco friendly product thanks to uncertified veneers, glue and finish toxicity, and off shore manufacturing.

“For years, we’ve resisted producing this type of floor, it just goes against our eco Read more

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FLOORING: Hardwoods remain a popular flooring option

January 30, 2008

How much wood are we using?   Where does it come from?  Where do we send it?  When we ship it out, does it come back to the US?  Building Product Digest shares some aggregated factoids/statistics…  

By David Koenig (Editorial & Production – Cutler Publishing, Inc.)
BPD-Building Products Digest
Use of American hardwoods has remained stable over the past five years, according to the Hardwood Manufacturers Association.

Total hardwood usage in 2006 was 10.7 billion bd. ft., the same as in 2002. Although usage in furniture has declined over the past decade, other uses have increased: kitchen and bath cabinets have grown 61%; flooring grew 56%, and mouldings, dimension, and millwork increased 38%.

Usage in furniture has declined because 53% of all wood furniture sold in the U.S. is produced overseas. However, American hardwoods are increasingly exported to countries such as Read more

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