Sustainable Timber Wood Flooring

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We are open for business as usual (although there here is nothing usual about this situation) with our transport company (Brooks Transport) who are designated by the government as critical to the covid response. We are still delivering direct to door or site, (however collections or visits to the warehouse are not possible.) Our IT systems allow us to work from home so our staff are protected. Please Call or Email Us for samples or orders. Our factories are back to full capacity and the supply chain is operating effectively which can be seen here. As a trade supplier we have a minimum requirement of 50m2 for any samples and supplies. Please call 01666 504015 if you require less. For Government advice please click here. Even with these steps we have made, we must pull together, support one another, and get through this as a group, a family, and feel proud to say to our wider community we are critical to the Covid-19 response, and we will support it for as long as we are able. Stay safe, stay well, look after yourself, and each other.

The Building Centre will be open fully with the café back and exhibitions in place from Monday 12th April 2021. In the meantime, you can book visits in advance by contacting The Building Centre directly on 020 7692 4000. Please note that we do not have any representatives based at this showroom, but you can call us during your visit to talk through the options on display on 01666 504 015.

The Tetbury showroom is strictly by appointment only, maximum of two people with social distancing and face coverings required. Please call 01666 504 015 to book an appointment.

Sustainable Timber Wood Flooring

Wood flooring is our only renewable choice for floors. Plastic is environmentally unfriendly coming from fossil fuels, concrete and other forms of flooring damage our environment with the energy required for their production.
Wood is a natural product that grows in abundance. England was once covered by forest and even though we cut most of it down our forefathers had the good sense to replant large forests although we do not now get a lot of our flooring from our own resources in the UK. Most of our Oak flooring now comes from Europe, the extensive forests of Russia, especially Siberia and North America.

All these countries have a programme of replanting and maintaining responsibly managed forests working with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or other organisations to ensure we plant more trees that we cut down.

Carbon Footprints

The production of Wood Flooring uses less energy in its processing than any other construction material. For example it takes 5 times more energy to produce 1 ton of cement, 24 times for 1 ton of steel, and 126 times for 1 ton of aluminum. Young trees absorb more carbon dioxide than mature trees so it makes sense to harvest our older trees and plant two new ones for every one felled.

This is why we are members of the Timber Trade Federation and have a FSC chain of custody certificate.

  • Engineered floors do not move like sold wood floors
  • We can produce 4 times as much engineered floors compared to solid oak floors
  • Engineered Flooring can be used with underfloor heating
  • The plywood base is made up of layers of birch and sometimes with a mix of popular, both fast growing trees that are in abundance, and these trees are replaced helping to reduce our carbon footprint.

Our Wood Floors gain Top Marks from WWF

Here at the Solid Wood Flooring Company, we are delighted to have been awarded top marks from WWF UK for our sustainable wood sourcing efforts and environmental policies.

The WWF’s Timber scorecard sees companies rated for performance on using sustainable timber and timber products.

To raise awareness of the importance in tackling this agenda, and securing timber and timber products from responsible sources, the WWF are measuring the progress of timber and timber product buyers in the UK on sustainable sourcing.

The business community can play a vital role in ensuring forest resources are well-managed. Sustainable forest management can help redress some of the most severe problems affecting forests, such as deforestation. The use of recycled and reclaimed timber and wood fibres also makes a major contribution to consuming more wisely – and equitably, now and in the future.

We were awarded top marks of 3 trees – (a apt rating marker!)

By gaining three trees, the WWF found that The Solid Wood Flooring Company responded well to almost all of the requests WWF made regarding the purchasing of timber and timber products. We have made public commitments to using FSC certified and recycled timber and timber products, and to EUTR compliance, and have set up policies and control systems. The WWF’s found we report quantities openly and accurately and have a good understanding of the source of all our timber and timber products.

We are sourcing over 70% certified material, with high proportions of FSC certified and recycled timber and timber products. The Solid Wood Flooring Company are showing our competitors that it is possible to act responsibly when it comes to forest trade - but even we will need to find ways to do more to fulfil our targets by 2020. 

We are delighted with the findings and are proud to support the WWF’s Save the Forests Campaign.

For more information on our Sustainability processes, FSC, PEFC and WWF Certifications, please visit our Technical Library


WWF's SWF Case Study