A strong supporter of forest sustainability since its infancy, Mullican Flooring is now recognized as an industry leader in the creation of “green building” products that assist builders and architects in meeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements. We have also established partnerships with forest sustainability groups and acquired several industry certifications, with the privilege of using their corresponding organizations’ logos. These are listed and discussed below.
FSC® Certifications. In 2007, Mullican also began working to meet the certification standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), the world’s oldest and most viable organization devoted to environmentally friendly forestry. By 2009, we had become the first American hardwood floor manufacturer in the industry to produce a solid domestic floor that was certified FSC 100%. Today, all four of Mullican’s manufacturing plants hold FSC chain-of-custody designations, and we have brought more than 30 FSC 100% products to the market – including engineered and exotic floor selections, in addition to solid domestic. All of these products carry the FSC 100% logo, which means that all entities in Mullican’s supply chain for these products, from the Appalachian forestlands that we harvest to our distributors, also hold FSC certification credentials and meet FSC standards. Mullican products that are FSC 100% can be used by builders and architects who are working on LEED projects, which require that 50% of their wood-based materials be FSC-certified. LEED certification is a rating system established by the U.S. Green Building Council for assessing environmentally sustainable construction. Through this system, builders can acquire credits or points on projects if specific “green” standards are met, such as the use of FSC 100% wood products. For more information on the FSC and the certification process, visit www.fsc.org or visit the homepage of the U.S. Green Building Council www.usgbc.org.
Responsible Procurement Program.
Because of Mullican's commitment to leadership in our ever changing industry, we have partnered with the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) to develop the Responsible Procurement Program for hardwoods (RPP).
Mullican Flooring and the NWFA recognize the need for consumer assurance of a product that is produced with care and concern for the environment. RPP helps provide this assurance by introducing a new label into the marketplace and new information into the hands of the consumer. This label "U.S. Renewing Forest", delivered a clear two-fold message: 1) Hardwood growth exceeds loss and removal from our hardwood forests at the state level, based upon U.S. Forest Service data. 2) Timber, logs and wood were not harvested from controversial sources such as, illegally logged or highly valued conservation areas to produce this product.
The U.S. Renewing Forests label solidifies the industry's position in domestic markets, as well as better positions in the global marketplace.
Mullican Flooring's Responsible Wood Procurement Policy
Mullican Flooring's FSC Certificate
AHMI Verified Sustainable. While Mullican has always been mindful of responsible forest management, our efforts were affirmed in 2007 when the U.S. Forest Service released data for the Appalachian Mountains – the source of Mullican’s raw timber – which indicated that an average of 2.29 new trees were growing for every one that dies or is harvested. This led to our right to place an Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. (AHMI) verified sustainable logo on all of Mullican’s prefinished domestic products. Notably, we were the industry’s first domestic hardwood producer to promote AHMI Verified Sustainable Appalachian timber. For more information on the AHMI Verified Sustainable program, visit www.appalachianhardwood.info.
Mullican Flooring's AHMI Verified Sustainable Certificate
U.S. Lacey Act. Mullican fully supports the 2008 amendment to the Lacey Act, which controls the illegal importation of harvested timber into the United States. Illegal timber is any wood that has been harvested or transported in violation of a law or regulation of the country in which it was sourced. U.S.-based buyers of foreign wood can be prosecuted even if they have no knowledge that their timber was illegally sourced and could face prison terms or fines up to $250,000 for each violation. Achieving certifications through such organizations as the FSC or RPP of the National Wood Flooring Association is one way to safeguard your company against inadvertent violations. For more information, visit www.worldwildlife.org/what/howwedoit/policy/WWFBinaryitem11270.pdf
California Air Resource Board (CARB) Compliant.
We are pleased to confirm that Mullican Flooring engineered and solid products are California Air Resource Board (CARB) compliant. CARB standards cap hardwood plywood’s formaldehyde emissions at 0.05 parts per million (ppm).