This week DuChateau Floors announced that the company is bringing European-style floors to the U.S. market with an eco-friendly hard wax oil and FSC-certified woods. DuChateau has eight distinct collections with long-length, wide-plank, or parquet patterns that have been hand scrapped, smoked, wire-brushed, and treated for a vintage, old-world look. They’re made for interior commercial, retail, and residential applications, whether on the floor, ceiling, or wall.
There’s a beautiful collection of sustainable furniture called JH2 OneTreeHome that launched at ICFF earlier this year. Founded by John Houshmand and Jack Donenfeld, New York-based JH2 OneTreeHome offers beds, benches, coffee tables, side tables, consoles, dining tables, and desks — all made with a blend of glass, steel, and wood, FSC-certified Nanciton and Cedro Macho, from Nicaragua. In fact, some of this wood comes from trees felled during Hurricane Felix in 2007. Prices vary by item.
Once again, there is discussion in the U.S. Green Building Council (“USGBC”) to allow other wood certifying organizations to have a place within the LEED guidelines for green construction. The new Pilot Credit 43 [PDF] for certified products would allow several wood certifications — e.g., Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, American Tree Farm — to contribute to a point under the trial credit.
Earlier this week, Formica announced the availability of high-pressure, decorative laminates with full FSC certification at no additional charge. The new, eco-friendlier laminates are manufactured in plants in Evendale, Ohio and St. Jean, Quebec and may contribute toward LEED credits in the certified wood category.
New possibilities with plywood are possible with Corelam, a Canadian manufactured “multi-use corrugated veneer plywood panel product” which we noticed recently at the industrial design site Core77 (no relation to Corelam despite the similar name). The distinctive corrugated wood panels are made with FSC wood and adhesives that do not off-gas formaldehyde or other volatile organic compounds.
Every FSC product and building material has a tracking number that points to the source of the wood or paper. It shows, as explained in this personal story by Franke James, “Who Cares About the Forest.” If you’re in charge of purchasing wood products, you should watch this informative and thoughtful video (while keeping in mind that it was underwritten by FSC Canada).