When it comes to the use of natural material for building purposes, there are plenty of myths and misconceptions among the masses. In this article we will explore, why using wood to make flooring is an eco friendly option.
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Timber Flooring
So, what makes hardwood timber flooring a good choice from an environmental perspective? The answer lies in its Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Life Cycle Assessment is a method of evaluating the environmental impact of a product or service over its entire life span, from raw material extraction to disposal. In the flooring industry, LCA has become a popular tool for evaluating the long-term environmental benefits of different flooring materials. Renaissance Parquet uses various species of Imported and Australian Species Hardwood timber such as French Oak, Tasmanian Oak, Jarrah, Blackbutt etc. These are harvested from sustainably managed forests (FSC Certified), where new trees are planted to replace the ones that have been harvested. This ensures that the resource is constantly replenished, reducing the environmental impact of timber harvesting. In addition, wood flooring is a durable material that can last for many years. Unlike carpeting or vinyl flooring, which need to be replaced every few years, Hardwood flooring can last for decades with proper care. This reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and lowers the overall environmental impact of parquetry flooring.The manufacturing process for timber flooring is also relatively eco-friendly. The raw material is processed in a sawmill, where it is cut and dried, and then transported to the manufacturing plant. The manufacturing process uses relatively low amounts of energy and produces few harmful emissions, making it a good choice from an environmental perspective.
Study by Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Accounting
According to the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Accounting (2007), “The framed structure for a timber floor emits approximately 10 times less greenhouse gases than a concrete slab or steel sub frame. Similarly, a timber floor surface emits approximately five times less greenhouse gases than a ceramic tile floor. This is in addition to the fact that in 2005, Australian forestry was measured as being the only carbon positive industry in Australia”. Timber flooring such as French Oak Parquetry or Engineered flooring is a relatively sustainable and eco-friendly flooring option. Finally, the study found that when it is time to dispose of a timber floor, it can be easily recycled or repurposed, reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. This helped to further lower the overall environmental impact of timber flooring.
In conclusion, Life Cycle Assessment provides a comprehensive evaluation of the environmental impact of a product over its entire life span. In the case of timber flooring, this impact is relatively low, making it a good choice for those who are looking for an environmentally friendly flooring solution. So, if you are looking to update your flooring, consider timber flooring as a long-term, eco-friendly investment.