St.Margrethen SG – The flooring manufacturer Bauwerk Parkett focuses on sustainability for its wooden flooring. This not only refers to the durability of the products, but also the way in which the company uses resources, as reflected in its Cradle to Cradle Certified certification.
People spend up to 90 percent of their lives indoors. This makes a healthy room climate all the more important. This also includes ensuring that no toxic substances are present within any interior spaces. Bauwerk Parkett has developed a flooring solution that not only forgoes any such toxic substances in its products, but also does not produce any waste itself in comparison with combustion processes of today.
The Silente technology allows the flooring to be easily dismantled, processed and reused at the end of its service life. The same parquet flooring can be used across at least three product generations without any loss of quality. The useful life of the resources used is therefore enhanced by three lifetimes, meaning that they can later be re-used for further products in the form of cascading.
The parquet is designed in such a way that the materials always stay within a closed loop. No individual parts end up being thrown away, while unnecessary energy usage is also avoided. In this way, the CO2 contained within wood can be stored over decades and even centuries. Furthermore, the parquet flooring absorbs the sound.
Bauwerk Parkett developed its new technology in conjunction with EPEA Switzerland in line with the Cradle to Cradle Design Innovation concept. The first certification in accordance with the Cradle to Cradle Certified product standard was awarded back in 2013. In 2019, Bauwerk renewed its commitment to the closed-loop economy with a recertification.
For two of its products, namely Cleverpark Silente and Multipark Silente, Bauwerk Parkett is even the sole wooden flooring manufacturer to have been awarded the Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold certificate. The certification process also involved an analysis of Bauwerk’s suppliers enabling a transparent supply chain and a material health assessment of all chemical ingredients used in the product.
A total of five critical performance quality criteria are decisive for Cradle to Cradle Certified: Material Health, Material Reutilization, Renewable Energy and Carbon Management, Water Stewardship and Social Fairness. These criteria are intended to create a waste-free economy and consistent closing the loop for generations.
For further reading:
- Download and read the scientific paper “Cradle to Cradle® – Parquet for Generations Respect for Resources and Preservation for Future“, written by Ansgar Iselbrink, Albin Kälin and Marko Krajner here.
- View the broshure “Healthy Living” produced by Bauwerk here.
- Additional information can be found directly on the website of Bauwerk.