DuChâteau® hardwood flooring is certified to the Forest Stewardship Council® Chain of Custody Standard (FSC®).
FSC® is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Established in 1993 as a response to concerns over global deforestation, FSC® is widely regarded as one of the most important initiatives of the last decade to promote responsible forest management worldwide.
The FSC® label provides a credible link between responsible production and consumption enabling consumers and businesses to make purchasing decisions that benefit people and the environment as well as providing ongoing business value.
FSC® provides a certification system with internationally recognized standard-setting, trademark assurance, and accreditation services to companies, organizations and communities interested in responsible forestry.
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Lacey Act Compliant
The Lacey Act (16 U.S.C. §§ 3371-3378) legislation requires all importers to declare the species and country of origin of any wood product. The Lacey Act makes it unlawful to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase in interstate or foreign commerce any wood that comes from illegally logged trees. The Lacey Act is intended to protect forests worldwide from deforestation and prevent illegitimate wood products from entering the United States.
The Lacey Act, originally signed into law in 1900, is a conservation law that focuses on the illegal commercial transportation of wildlife and non-native species. In May 2008 a new bill (Section 8204) extended provisions to the Lacey Act to address the global illegal logging trade.
The Lacey Acts creates a fair playing field for wood manufactures that follow the high level of standards imposed and eradicates illegally logged wood that is often the cause of wood flooring sold below market price.
In an effort to control and eliminate illegally logged trees, DuChâteau Floors supports and abides by the Lacey Act to ensure its customers the best quality wood flooring with environmentally friendly measures. All DuChâteau Floors are Lacey Act compliant.
All DuChâteau Floors are CARB-Phase 2 compliant and made with a formaldehyde-free adhesive. CARB-Phase 2 compliance is commitment to producing environmentally sustainable materials.
The world’s strictest formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products took effect in California starting Jan. 1, 2009. This means particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF) and hardwood plywood manufactured for sale or use in California must comply with the new California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations. The Federal EPA is monitoring the CARB rule and conducting its own risk analysis of the dangers of formaldehyde emission levels for implementing a national wood products emission standard in the near future.
DuChâteau Floors is a partner of American Forests, a non-profit organization whose goal is to plant 100 million trees by the year 2020. American Forests works to protect, restore and enhance the natural capital of trees and forests world-wide. DuChâteau Floors allocates part of it profits to the Global ReLeaf campaign by American Forests to plant trees worldwide. In partnership with American Forests, DuChâteau Floors has a promise to its clients, employees, & mother earth: “We promise to plant two trees for every tree that we use to produce hardwood flooring.”
US Build Green Council Member/LEED
DuChâteau Floors is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that certifies sustainable businesses, homes, hospitals, schools, and neighborhoods. The USGBC is dedicated to expanding green building practices and education, with its LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™.
LEED® Green Building Rating System™ is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED® addresses all building types and emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies in five areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality.
DuChâteau Floors qualifies for LEED® credits. This rating system has become the top choice for all architects, builders, and interior designers who construct using green building practices. DuChâteau Floors also has LEED® AP staff to help with any LEED® consulting.
- MR 7 - Certified Sustainably Harvested Wood.
- EQ 4.4 - Low Emitting Materials – Composite Wood and Laminate Adhesives.
- MR 6 – Rapidly Renewable Materials – manufactured with rapidly renewable raw materials.