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Quick-Step sustainable timber flooring

SUSTAINABLE
TIMBER FLOORING

Quick-Step timber flooring: treating wood with respect

Our timber – or engineered wooden flooring – stands for carefree living and natural beauty. The only way to continue to enjoy the beautiful things our planet has to offer is to be careful with what it provides to us. That's why we produce our timber floors as sustainably as possible.

Using wood economically


Careful with slow-growing trees

Trees play a crucial role in combating climate change by absorbing CO2 and stimulating biodiversity. That means we must treat them with care, in particular the slow-growing species such as oak. That's why we use these species only in the top layers of our timber floors.


Using recovered or fast-growing wood

The core of our timber floor consists of either wood from fast-growing trees (spruce, hevea …) or a high-density fibreboard (HDF) made of recovered wood. This wood is collected from, for instance, sawmills, sustainable forest management processes and roadside maintenance. As such, we use different types of wood in the most efficient way.

The core of our Quick-Step timber floors are made of recovered or fast-growing wood

Creative with wood waste

Our Variano and Intenso ranges are two of our latest efforts to produce sustainable timber flooring. We created unique designs using small pieces of wood that would otherwise go to waste. That’s how we get the most out of every tree, and you get high-quality flooring for your home.


Sustainable forest management

Wood can be an infinite resource if we manage our forests in a sustainable way. By using wood from sustainably managed forests, our wood sourcing doesn’t contribute to deforestation. We also use wood from controlled sources, protecting primeval forests and preventing illegal logging with a risk analysis.

Our PEFC label – the most trusted certificate on the topic, together with FSC – proves that the wood in your timber flooring has been sourced in a sustainable way.

Quick-Step flooring is made of wood from sustainably managed forests

We’re aiming for 100%-PEFC or FSC-labelled timber flooring by 2027.

Clean indoor air


In-house production

The air quality in our homes is vitally important, and many factors have an effect on it: ventilation, candles, cleaning agents and even the materials used in your interior, such as the flooring. We know exactly what materials our timber floors contain because we produce them in-house as much as possible. That way, we manage to minimise the emission of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) – which can be caused by the use of glue, lacquer and oil – making your floor perfectly safe for you and your family.


Extremely low emission

One example of a VOC is formaldehyde and is naturally occurring in wood. The formaldehyde emission of our timber flooring is 10 times lower than the EU restrictions. This is reflected in our A label, which is a highly regarded emission regulation certificate, serving as a recognition for very low emissions.

Quick-Step timber floors have very low emissions

Running on green energy


Wood waste as heat source

Our primary heat source for the production of timber flooring is wood residues and dust, which cover about 90% of our requirements. We use wood dust from our production processes and wood that has reached the end of its life – meaning it’s no longer suitable for use in your flooring – to generate green energy.


Limiting CO2 emission

Unilin – the group behind Quick-Step – has invested in two biomass plants to convert wood dust and non-recyclable wood waste into green energy for our own production processes and the general public’s energy needs. We also rely on energy from windmills and solar panels. As such, we avoid more than 60,000 tonnes of CO2 emission annually.

Unilin relies on green energy from windmills, solar panels and biomass plants

Minimal environmental impact


We apply the strictest criteria when it comes to safety, health and sustainability. In order to really minimise our environmental impact, we use the life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology to calculate in which phases of our timber's lifecycle we can improve. This results in an environmental product declaration (EPD), which we meticulously follow.


The following labels prove that our timber complies with some of the most stringent environmental and health standards:

  • emission label A

    A

    A highly regarded emission regulation certificate, serving as a recognition for very low emissions.
    A highly regarded emission regulation certificate, serving as a recognition for very low emissions.
  • Environmental Product Declaration for Unilin

    EPD

    With our environmental product declaration, we show our commitment to provide precise, reliable and comparable information on the environmental performance of our laminate and timber products.
    With our environmental product declaration, we show our commitment to provide precise, reliable and comparable information on the environmental performance of our laminate and timber products.
  • environmental label PEFC

    PEFC

    Globally trusted trademark for timber products originating from sustainably managed forests.
    Globally trusted trademark for timber products originating from sustainably managed forests.