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Guinness Beer Lovers – You Can Have A Floor Made From Actual Casks From The Guinness Brewery

guinness beer ad

Here’s how you can have a floor made from wood reclaimed from the actual casks at the Guinness brewery:

Come in and we’ll set you up!

wood flooring made from casks at the Guinness brewery - reclaimed wood

It’s really that simple. Yes, this white oak floor even shows its heritage by its color and grain. It’s old-growth and simply beautiful.

Eco-friendly shop at home flooring/carpet/tile service in Maryland, NOVA, DC, Alexandria and Arlington

With LEED AP’s and a dedicated LEED GA on-staff, we are not your typical shop-at-home service. Of course we offer standard flooring products, but sustainability is a cornerstone of our business. Here are a few points:
– We are zero-landfill
   Everything in our waste stream is recycled or converted to energy.
– We have 4 LEED AP’s and 1 LEED GA of a staff of over 60.
   Chad Durbin, LEED GA, is our dedicated outside sustainable sales rep and he has the knowledge to guide you through the “greenwashed” landscape to the proper fit for your eco-friendly carpet, hardwood, laminate, tile or recycled rubber flooring project.
   Chris Moline, LEED AP, is our Residential Group Manager and has been responsible for launching the LEED-accreditation impetus company-wide. He has also dedicated a considerable percentage of our retail space to sustainable/green product offerings including Marmoleum, bamboo, reclaimed wood, undyed wools, oiled hardwoods, FSC-certified wood, cork flooring, sisal and coire rugs, and more.

Email for an appointment and we’ll narrow down the options and bring a selection to your home.

All the best,

about Chris Moline, LEED AP

Chris is our Residential Group Manager & a US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional

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Recovered vs. Reclaimed wood – it’s all good

Also called “sinker” wood, recovered wood doesn’t have to have “sunk.”  For years logs were transported by floating them downriver. Some don’t make it and have remained preserved underwater, covered in sediment, for years. Some of them even absorb minerals from the sediment, giving them truly unique characteristics.

But it is the intangible, green quality that piques my interest and that of the green community in general.

sinker logs recovered reclaimed wood

Reclaimed wood has been used once – either as a structural component of a building in most cases – and is now being re-used and milled into flooring, cabinets, etc…

Recovered wood, however, never made to the cutting table.  Some recovered wood, however, has never even been cut down. Rather, it became submerged as a result of water diversion and can be found under man-made lakes. This has an exceptionally green angle to it in that it was simply to be wasted without the intention of a first-use, much less a second.

Comment or email with your thoughts on this, especially if you are a fellow LEED AP as this would have an impact on certain aspects of certification.

All the best

Chris Moline, LEED AP

Chris Moline, LEED AP, Carpet One

LEED Credits – MR4, MR6, MR7 and EQ4.4

The following can affect the above specs:

Presence or absence of added urea-formaldehyde;
Recycled post-industrial content
Recycled Wood – wood that is a by-product of other manufacturing processes, such as sawdust, veneer backer boards, and peeler cores, etc…
Reclaimed Wood – All manufactured wood products that are reused or remanufactured into new products. For example, Relaimed wood can be reused flooring or reclaimed from old construction – barns, textile mills, factories, beer casks, etc…

Final finish – low- or no-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds); unfinished floors can also be site-finished with water-based top-coat urethane, or waxed/oiled, depending on final use.
Salvaged Industrial Forestry – percentages matter;
Rapidly-Renewable – Bamboo – It’s hard to beat a 5-year re-growth curve. Cork, as well, is rapidly renewable and does not kill the tree when harvested. Cork comes from the bark of the Cork Oak tree which grows on the Portuguese and Spanish coastlines. It’s harvested about every 7 – 9 years and one tree can be harvested over 20 times.
Non-wood – Bamboo, cork.
Salvaged Post-Agricultural – again, percentages of content apply;
Salvaged Logs – Waterway, Forest Deadwood, Urban Forest, Industrial Forest, Post-Agricultural.
Sustainable Forestry – Wood harvested from well-managed natural forests or plantations. FSC-Certified – either mixed sources or 100%.
Low-Energy – certain manufacturing facilities save energy various ways. The goal is to reduce their overall carbon footprint.

Consider, for example, LEED MR6. MR stands for Materials and Resources. This classification considers the following:
Use rapidly renewable materials and products for 2.5% of total value of all building materials and products used (based on cost)
Harvesting is to be within a 10-year cycle or shorter. For flooring, look into these:
bamboo flooring
cork flooring
linoleum flooring

Use minimum of 50% of wood materials and products certified in accordance with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Principles and Criteria for wood building components:
flooring and sub-flooring
wood doors
Based on Cost of FSC wood products compared to total wood material cost.
Contractor doesn’t need the FSC number, but the supplier does.

As you can see, there is a wealth of information regarding LEED specs. We can help guide you to the proper flooring choice to maximize your LEED compliance, and minimize your carbon footprint!

Not ashamed to be a tree-hugger!

Not ashamed to be a tree-hugger!


Chris Moline
Residential Group Manager
Commercial Carpets of America
Alexandria Carpet One