The multi-layer wood floor, that we invented in 1941, proved not only to be the best and most stable flooring on the market; it was also the most environmentally friendly construction. It optimizes the use of the raw material, it is made from renewable resources and it is recyclable.Our production process is designed to have minimal impact on the environment. Over the years, Kährs has introduced a number of manufacturing and flooring innovations that have enabled a more responsible, green production. We work hard to reduce our impact to nature, in terms of air quality, water discharge and noise control, to the benefit of our employees and neighbours.


Multi-layer construction

Multi-layer construction provides more stability than solid flooring, even when temperatures and ambient humidity vary according to season. This is because crossed layers counteract the natural movement of the timber. By varying the direction of the fibers in the timber throughout the various layers, floors are less affected by changes in humidity in the indoor climate and are more durable.

Engineered flooring – better than solid wood floors

Kährs’ engineered flooring is also more eco-friendly than solid wood flooring as we use fast-growing wood species such as Pine for our core material, thereby using less of the valuable hardwood surface layer compared to solid wood flooring. Kährs patented its parquet technology in 1941, and since then we have been using it in all our flooring. By applying different characteristics and a variety of thickness of layers in our different product ranges we have created a variety of floors to suit every application.

Our multi-layered construction means that we can use the raw material more effectively, utilizing the whole log.

Kährs – sands like a solid

Kährs’ multi-layer construction uses hardwood down to the joint only, with fast-growing timber below, which means it can be refurbished in exactly the same way as a solid floor.

Less raw material

Our multi-layered construction allows us to use the raw material more effectively, utilizing the whole log.

Solvent free

We constantly strive to find the most environmentally- friendly stains and lacquers, free from solvents. And our surfaces are easy to clean and maintain without the use of strong chemicals.

The best climate stability

Since wood is a natural material, that is affected by climatic changes, a wood floor moves with the seasons, i.e. it swells in high humidity and shrinks in low humidity. Kährs’ multi-layered construction minimizes this movement. It provides the correct balance between the layers – top, core and back – and ensures the floor remains stable in all conditions.

Nothing is wasted

At our production plant in Nybro, nothing goes to waste. The portion of the logs that we’re not able to use for floor production are turned into biofuel. Some of this fuel is used to heat our own facilities. The rest goes to a local energy company. About 45,000 people in our neighbourhood enjoy the warmth of our recycled wood.

Healthy production healthy floor

Back in 1984, Kährs was the first wood flooring manufacturer to utilize a water-based lacquer system to reduce emissions. Kährs meets European E1, Eo and California Air Resources Board – Airborne Toxic Control Measure (CARB-ATCM) Phase 1 and 2 standards.

LEED and Kährs

Kährs products are FloorScore®-certified, contributing to LEED construction projects 

Since 2012, Kährs Original, Kährs Avanti and Kährs Activity Floor are certified under the FloorScore® standard. Kährs Linnea received the FloorScore® certification in 2015. All these products can contribute to several points for LEED 2009 and LEED V4 projects.
Please contact your local Kährs representative for your specific market information.

What is LEED?

LEED, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. LEED is used for a variety of building types and is a tool for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. The most recognized and widely used green building program across the globe, LEED certifies over 148,000 square meters of building space each day in 147 countries and territories. Today, nearly 50,000 projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 800 million square meters of construction space.

What is FloorScore®?

FloorScore® is a system for certifying low VOC emissions of resilient and hardwood flooring systems.
When it comes to indoor air quality (IAQ), a primary concern is the emission level of specific volatile organic compounds (VOCs). FloorScore® IAQ Certification means that a flooring product is independently certified by Scientific Certification Systems, to comply with the volatile organic compound emissions criteria of the California Section 01350 Program. Any product that has met these stringent standards is a product that will contribute to good indoor air quality. The FloorScore® certification means healthier, cleaner air. And that means healthier people.

FloorScore labelled products meet the indoor air emissions criteria of:

  • ANSI/BGi o1-2010 Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings
  • ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings
  • California Department of Public Health (CDPH) 01350 Standard
  • Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
  • CSI Green Format
  • EPA Tools for Schools Program
  • Florida Green Home Standard
  • Green Guide for Health Care.
  • HBN Pharos Project
    - LEED for Healthcare
    - LEED for Homes
    - LEED for New Construction
    - LEED for Schools
  • LEED® Green Building Rating Systems 2009 and v4.
  • NSF/ANSI 332-2010 Sustainability Assessment for Resilient Floor Coverings

Documents:

FloorScore-certificate

Kährs LEED Points Contribution

The Lacey Act & Kährs

The Lacey Act was passed by Congress as a tool to protect forests, people and wildlife worldwide. Companies in the US lose an estimated $1 billion each year due to illegal logging. In Indonesia alone 70% of the logging is estimated to be illegal according to GreenPeace. We feel that the Lacey Act is a positive step towards achieving global sustainability of our natural resources.

We are pleased to let you know that Kährs’ is fully compliant with all the requirements of the Lacey Act. When implemented, the Lacey Act requires that importers electronically file declarations that certify that their imported products comply with the Lacey Act. Although mandatory declaration filings for Phase III have been delayed by the USDA until October 1, 2009, with full implementation by March 31, 2010, Kährs commenced making electronic declarations prior to the start of Phase II implementation of the Lacey Act, which was April 1, 2009. In addition, Kährs is participating in the “Blanket Declaration Pilot Program” which is the expedited border release program.

Kährs spent a substantial amount of time preparing and obtaining the documentation for the Lacey Act and as a result the implementation of Kährs’ declaration filings has been a relatively easy process. As you are all aware, forest sustainability practices and policies have been in place for many years at Kahrs and these ideals are entrenched in our Swedish culture.

CARB Compliance Information

More information may be found at the USDA's Animal and Plant Inspection Services and US Customs and Border Pretections Services sites listed below:
USDA-APHIS: The Lacey Act

Our everyday environmental work:

• We put our hearts into the crafting of every wood floor, aiming for the highest quality in terms   of both design and performance, for you and for generations to come.

• We only make wood floors – and wood is a renewable flooring material (a raw material that can be replaced within years).

• We only work with suppliers holding an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certificate, or with those who are able to demonstrate that they operate environmentally-aware timber procurement.

• We invented the modern wood floor in 1941. This multi-layer wood floor construction means that the raw material is used in the most effective way. This method proved instant popular and is now used in wood floor manufacturing worldwide.

• In 1984, we became the first flooring manufacturer in the world to have an entirely solvent-free production process.

• Kährs floors are installed using the Woodloc® method, producing tight, secure joints without the use of glue.

• We only use the best stains and finishes available.

• The surfaces of our floors are easy to clean and maintain, without the use of strong chemicals.