Engineered Hardwood and its place in the “Built Environment”

Hi all,

A reader broached a great topic in response to the article below titled “Is Engineered Hardwood Flooring ‘Green’?”. Essentially, Clive asked if the bonding agents used in Engineered flooring and/or bamboo contained high percentages of the VOC formaldehyde and if so, does this negate its other eco-attributes. This brought to light the green issues surrounding what is refereed to as the ‘Built Environment’. Please see my response to Clives question in the Comments section of the “Is Engineered Hardwood Flooring ‘Green’?” article below. For more information of VOCs, please check out the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) explanation here. Note the concentration of these compounds in the Built Environment compared to the great outdoors. Shocking! I’m going for a walk in the woods…

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