As consumers, we should understand the origins of hardwood products, the energy needed to prepare them for use and the benefits of their successful application in the modern built environment.
BestWood Flooring is committed to partner with like-minded people who make products that withstand the test of time, which is the epitome of sustainability:
Our Dutch supply partners, Hakwood, who were founded in 1979, choose to make floorboards and wall tiles only from hardwoods derived from internationally recognised sustainable resources and boast an impressive list of accreditations from organisations whose mandate is to oversee the responsible sourcing of timber, including the Forest Stewardship Council.
“Our quest is primarily targeted at European Oak: wood that is characterized by a less prominent grain, neutral tan colour and raw, natural appearance… Starting in France, through Germany and into the Balkans… this is where we look… We are very critical in our quest”…. Hakwood Blog
Hardwoods sourced from managed forests are a particularly advantageous material in several respects, including:
Plantations act as global carbon sinks.
Sawn hardwoods require much less embedded energy to prepare than alternative building materials including concrete, steel and glass.
The thermal and acoustic insulation benefits of hardwood finishes are well documented and of increasing importance to home owners and building managers who aim to minimize energy consumption.
It should come as little surprise that California and Scandinavia, known to have the strictest regulations for interior air quality, are among the best markets for Hakwood floors because they achieve best-in-class dimensional stability and durability of their timber finishes despite using minimal carcinogens in glues and oils.
Visit our Cape Town showroom or contact us to arrange a presentation in your Gauteng office; our directors would be delighted to have these and other important conversations about your selection of hardwood finishes.