Environmental Benefits

Smartplank products are Lacey Act compliant. It is a conservation law that was originally enacted in 1900 to protect animals and animal by-products from illegal import to the U.S. The Lacey Act was amended in 2008 to include prohibited plants and plant products. This includes illegally logged wood for trade or import. While Smartplank offers a wide variety of domestic species, we also have a large selection of unique imported species. All our imports are Lacey Act compliant, meaning that they have been harvested legally and in accordance with the laws of their country of origin.

Responsible harvesting and reforestation are principals that have been embraced by most developed countries, realizing that forests are the lungs of our planet. At Smartplank, we believe that engineered hardwood flooring options offer unmatched stability and appearance retention. One environmental efficiency that is a byproduct of this production is a higher yield of harvested hardwoods. We can produce 4 times the square footage than a mill that produces traditional ¾” solid products. We have the same appearance and renewability along with unmatched dimensional stability.

Our manufacturing is designed to be as efficient as possible to hold costs down. We also capture waste byproduct and transform the material into pellets. These pellets are then used as fuel. Smartplank offers a variety of reclaimed hardwood flooring products. Reclaimed material is harvested from existing structures and milled into flooring. The visuals are full of color variation and texture.

Smartplank is manufactured in America. Our manufacturing is done in northern Wisconsin. Our Midwest location allows us to ship efficiently to both coasts and everywhere in between. That results in less carbon emission from transporting the product. Most of our hardwood veneers are sourced within close proximity to our manufacturing partner.

The way that the hardwood flooring industry has operated for decades is generally inefficient. Hardwood manufacturers attempt to predict color and style trends. Each product requires that samples be produced. That can require thousands of samples to supply all the showrooms around the country, not to mention the world. These samples have an average useful life of 2 to 3 years before being discontinued and disposed of. This material could provide flooring for countless structures. Smartplank uses a system that eliminates the need for thousands of samples. Because we color match and customize, we only generate samples for individuals who have narrowed their choice with our state of the art online configuration tool. And because we customize, there are never any discontinued products. No need to generate samples that will eventually wind up in a landfill. It is the same for point of purchase displays. Made of, wood, steel, plastic and laminates, these displays are swapped out and disposed of with regularity. With Smartplank, we do use samples, but they are strictly to show species and character. Color and texture are shown digitally. As a result, less pressure on forests, less material in landfills and a more efficient way for the consumer to get the hardwood floor they really want.

Smartplank technology helps preserve our forests through prevention. The biggest issue with hardwood floors generally happens post-installation and involves extreme environmental conditions that the floor is exposed to. Most of the time it is the interior air space that is too humid or too dry. Occasionally conditions beneath the floor can cause a silent problem. With Smartplank technology measuring conditions beneath the floor, you can respond to the problem before permanent damage occurs. Once a hardwood floor becomes disfigured, it is rare to be able to restore it to serviceable condition. If restoration is not an option, replacement is the only solution. In that case, more material for landfills, more trees harvested. Smartplank technology can reduce both.

At Smartplank we believe that training and education are key to making sure that the hardwood industry is as efficient as possible with our forests and landfills. By training professionals and encouraging them to educate the consumer about hardwood flooring, the result will be fewer claims and more customer satisfaction. Everyone must understand their role in a successful long-term hardwood flooring project. At the point of sale, the hardwood flooring professional needs to be thorough. The consumer needs to know that they play a significant role in the long-term success of a hardwood flooring project. Smartplank is committed to helping get the proper message all the way to the end-user. Promoting the education of consumers and the use of Smartplank technology will benefit our environment and improve customer satisfaction.

Smartplank is a company that cares about the interior environment that affects the performance of your hardwood floor. But even more importantly, we care about the global environment that we all inhabit. We care about carbon emissions. We care about what and how much waste is going into landfills. Our manufacturing, location, and business model all have efficiencies that benefit our environment. We like to refer to these benefits as “environmental efficiencies”.

To begin with, hardwood flooring provides several environmental efficiencies. When properly maintained, Smartplank hardwood floors have an indefinite life span. They are fully capable of holding up to the rigors of an active family lifestyle. SmartPlank is also a good choice for commercial interiors. If your Smartplank hardwood floor begins to show the wear and tear of use, it can always be recoated or even sanded. The ability to sand your Smartplank floor means you can also change the color, texture and finish in the future if you ever want a new look. That eliminates the need for replacement and saves our landfills from more material. In the event the floor winds up in a landfill, hardwood is biodegradable. Plastics and other materials are not easily processed into our ecosystem and will be around for hundreds of years to come.

Hardwood is an effective insulator. This makes it more effective in slowing the transfer of hot or cold through its structure. For this reason, wood was usually the choice of early settlers when building living structures.

Smartplank hardwood floors are carbon neutral. Trees spend their lives removing carbon from the atmosphere and releasing oxygen. After its life cycle has ended, the hardwood byproduct continues to store the absorbed carbon. Carbon neutrality is what LEEDS strives for in building design and community planning.

One of the most recent issues in the hardwood flooring industry is the release of VOCs into the environment. Volatile Organic Compounds drastically affect the quality of the air we breathe, with the main culprit being formaldehyde. California was first to enact regulations to limit formaldehyde emissions in consumer goods with their CARB II legislation. The U.S. took note and recently introduced TSCA Title VI which limits emissions for the entire country. Smartplank Hardwood Flooring is TSCA Title VI compliant.