Embodied carbon & sustainability 

TIMBER

Compared to most common alternatives, timber is significantly more environmentally friendly, with a material ECI per m2 of pile planking or sheet piling of just €0.19 compared to €26.44 for steel and €4.79 for PVC. 

Not only that, but timber production has been proven to absorb CO2 and is significantly more renewable than steel and plastic. Indeed, according to Wood for Good, timber homes could effectively be used as ‘carbon banks’ to capture and store almost 4 million tonnes of CO2 every year! 

The carbon footprint of 1m3 (1 cubic metre) of timber will depend on the specific wood used. Since timber is mostly made of carbon sucked from the atmosphere as the tree grows, the net result of using timber in your construction project will usually be negative emissions, which means your oak frame, decking, or cladding actually help to store carbon. 

As an example: timber from Sweden has a net emission of 13-1502 = -1.49Kg of CO2 for every 1kg used (1m3 of Swedish Pine is about 530kg but it stores 789kg of CO2). 

BIRCH PLY:

Birch trees are a fast-growing species native to north-eastern Europe, the abundance and speed of growth of Birch trees means that it causes minimal devastation or destruction of biodiversity when they are cut down, making Birch plywood a sustainable choice that has little impact on the environment. 

There is an abundance of birch trees throughout Northern Europe and they are a fast-growing species. It makes sense environmentally to use trees that are readily available and can be replaced quickly because it limits the disruption to inhabitants of the forests when these trees are felled. 

Considered against their wide availability and speed of replacement it could be argued that birch plywood sheets are a renewable source of wood and therefore, should be considered above other woods where their use has a negative impact on the environment. 

Steel:

Of all the metals used in construction, steel is amongst the most environmentally-friendly. It has a lower embodied carbon impact than concrete and generates less waste. 

However, it’s still not as sustainable as wood and is heavy enough to require more energy to transport from location to location, which has a knock-on effect when it comes to carbon emissions. 

The carbon footprint of 1m3 (1 cubic metre) of steel is around 1.85 tonnes. 

Low Carbon Aluminium – used by Reynaers :

The aluminium used in Europe currently has an average of 8.6 kg CO2 / kg aluminium. The majority of this CO2 is attributable to the electricity source. By using “green electricity”, the footprint can drop to 4 kg. This is what we call ‘low carbon aluminium’. Most of the low carbon aluminium today is made by electricity from hydropower plants. 

Thermafleece 

Helping Reduce Global Warming 
Because wool captures carbon dioxide as the fleece grows, the Global Warming Potential of the insulation is significantly reduced. Moreover, Thermafleece has a low embodied energy of manufacture meaning that when it is necessary to use fossil fuels during production, these are kept to a minimum. Even allowing for the energy consumed during production, for every tonne of Thermafleece manufactured, more than 300kg of carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere. 

Reduced Energy Consumption in Service 
Compared to an uninsulated loft, installing a 240mm thickness of Thermafleece in the loft will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from a typical household by as much as 1 tonne per year and even upgrading existing insulation can reduce annual CO2 emissions by 250kg. 

Safe Disposal or Re-use 
Thermafleece contains natural fibres that pose no threat to the environment and can be safely reused or recycled at the end of life. 

ColourFlooring Vinyl

It’s made using pioneering phthalate-free technology and is especially low in volatile organic compounds (VOC). 

It has received many awards for indoor air quality including a prestigious A Plus Clean Air certificate. It’s also 100% recyclable and uses 15-33% recycled material. It is solvent-free and compliant with REACH legislation. 

Our manufacturers carefully check the life cycle through every stage of production, from raw material to finished rolls in order to ensure the highest possible eco standards. 

It meets the European environmental benchmark ISO14001. 

ColourFlooring Rubber 

Very eco friendly. It’s the recipient of a prestigious Blue Angel rating which is a German Government scheme which awards exceptionally environmentally friendly products. It’s also been awarded an A Plus Clean Air certificate in France, a Good Environmental Choice label in Australia and a Eurofins Indoor Air Comfort GOLD award, among many others. 

Use of our rubber can significantly contribute to LEED credits, BREEAM certification, and other measures of environmental sustainability. 

Our rubber meets the European environmental benchmark ISO14001. 

Cork flooring 

Our Corka is made from the bark from Portuguese oak trees which is harvested once every nine years. It’s a unique flooring material because trees are not cut down or damaged in the harvesting. No waste is created in the production process (even the cork dust is swept from the floor and burnt to produce energy to fuel the factory). 

Our Corka is the recipient of a prestigious Blue Angel rating which is a German Government scheme which awards exceptionally environmentally friendly products. 

It’s also carbon negative which means that the production process actually has a net effect of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping to reduce global warming. 

EPDM roofs/ Single ply rubber 

EPDM is non- toxic and does not pollute rainwater, meaning that the rain water will not affect the surrounding environment and wildlife. Most of the EPDM rubber roofing is developed by recycling the rubber used in the tyre making process. 

The Life Cycle Inventory and Assessment of Low-Slope Roofing Systems in North America study found that EPDM roofing had the lowest impact on smog, acid rain and global warming potential in comparison to other roofing systems. At only 6.93 kg CO² per square foot, the global warming potential of EPDM is nearly half that of the nearest material. 

EPDM has a life expectancy in excess of 50 years. This durability and also EPDM’s ease of repair, reduces the need for EPDM to be disposed of in landfill sites, unlike alternatives such as roofing felt as well as being 100% recyclable.