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Natural Bamboo Flooring with Endura AR

Natural Bamboo flooring from USFloors is available in solid, strand, or engineered versions, in over 30 styles and stains… Read more
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  • Growing and harvesting our building materials would be a great way to move toward a closed-loop system rather than a linear path from extraction to disposal. Doing so holds the promise of true sustainability and regeneration of ecosystems instead of damage to them.

    Unfortunately, biobased materials today can be at least as problematic as any other material. Intensive land use, chemical use, fuel use, nutrient runoff, and other pollution are among the impacts of agriculture; add to that competition between food crops and those used for building materials or fuel. We would like to see sustainable use of biobased materials, but improving practices and figuring out how to assess and document more sustainable practices will take a long time. There is no ready equivalent to FSC for biobased materials that aren’t wood, although certification to “organic” standards or other sustainable agriculture standards can provide guidance in some cases.

    At the same time, we don’t want to exclude biobased products that are typically responsibly sourced just because they don’t have a certification—particularly where they replace more problematic materials. GreenSpec continues to give preference to rapidly renewable alternatives to materials that present greater concerns. Examples of rapidly renewable materials in GreenSpec include linoleum, cork, and textiles such as wool, sisal, and organic cotton.

Brent Ehrlich
Products Editor

Natural Bamboo flooring from USFloors is available in solid, strand, or engineered versions, in over 30 styles and stains. Available as tongue-in-groove or floating floors with click-in-place installation, all USFlooring bamboo flooring comes with the company’s proprietary Endura AR UV-cured aluminum oxide finish. Natural Bamboo is Greenguard Children & Schools certified for low emissions and comes with a 5- to 15-year limited commercial warranty, depending on style.

Most bamboo for flooring comes from the Hunan province of China. It's not a food source for pandas, which generally inhabit higher-elevation forests. Despite the long-distance transport of the product to the United States, the durability, hardness, and short regeneration time of bamboo provide justification for using it for flooring instead of conventionally harvested wood. Bamboo is typically processed without preservatives or with benign boric acid, but more toxic preservatives are occasionally used when unprocessed poles are exported. Some bamboo flooring is glued together with urea-formaldehyde binders, which is the primary negative aspect.

As the popularity and availability of bamboo increases, so does the need for uniform and credible certification of green attributes. Ideally there would be verification of low ambient VOC emissions, responsible growing practices, limited or benign pesticides and preservatives in the product, and decent manufacturing conditions. Relevant certifications for the first two are increasingly available.

Products listed here have one or more of the following characteristics:


  • Made with FSC certified bamboo

  • No added formaldehyde

  • Made with binders and adhesives that have ultra-low formaldehyde concentrations (less than or equal to 0.02 ppm)

  • Verified low VOC emissions (certified to meet Floorscore or Greenguard Children and Schools, meet Carb II, or have formaldehyde emissions of 0.05 ppm or lower using the ASTM E-1333 test for Europe's E1 standard).



Both FSC certification and low emissions will likely become a requirement for GreenSpec listing in the future.

Certifications

LEED Credits

EQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Carpet Systems

IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems

MRc6: Rapidly Renewable Materials

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