environmental certifications

and assessments

Ever since the start, we’ve been guided by a firm commitment to quality, the environment and sustainability. This permeates everything we do, from the selection of the best raw material from our 3,000 timber suppliers, through the different design treatments we use, to our clean and low emission production. Regardless of species and design, Kährs floors fulfil all of the demands of a modern wood floor aesthetically and environmentally, 
as well as in terms of quality.

EMAS

Voluntary EU eco-management

EMAS is the EU's voluntary eco-management and audit scheme. EMAS aims to streamline and constantly improve environmental work at companies and organisations and to pass on reliable messages to the market concerning the results of environmental work, by means of audited and approved environmental reports and other forms of environmental communication in advertising and marketing. Kährs has been registered with EMAS since 1997.

Kährs report has been audited and approved by DNV Certification AB in accordance with EMAS.

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EMAS Environmental Report
EMAS Approval Document 

ISO

The international environmental management system ISO 14001 is the international environmental management system, while ISO 9001 is the international quality control system. Below are the quality and environmental accreditations relating to all Kährs plants.

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ISO 9001 - 14001 

FSC®/PEFC™

Responsible forestry

FSC® - Forest Stewardship Council® is an international membership organization that promotes the responsible management of the world's forests. Kährs has been certified since 2005and holds license FSC® 019122.

PEFC™ - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ schemes - is the world's largest organization for forest certification. Kährs is certified since 2013.

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FSC®-certificate
PEFC™ certificate
FSC® and PEFC™ certification - general wood sourcing policy

LEED and FloorScore

FloorScore® is the most recognized indoor air quality (IAQ) certification standard for hard surface flooring materials, adhesives, and underlayments in the U.S. It qualifies for many green building schemes including LEED v4 and BREEAM – an environmental standard that rates the sustainability of buildings in the UK.

Kährs products are FloorScore® certified, which benefits LEED building projects. Our hardwood floors can contribute with several points in LEED 2009 and LEED V4 projects. Many of Kährs oak floors can also be produced as FSC Mix or PEFC, which means that they can contribute with points to LEED and/or BREEAM projects. Contact us for more information.

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FloorScore Certificate
LEED Points Contribution

M1-Certificate

All the vinyl floors in our Luxury Tiles series are M1 certified. The M1 badge signifies that a product’s construction materials fulfil the strictest standards for indoor air quality.

M1 website

French A+

A French certification that tests and guarantees that products which are installed indoors, including floors, must meet emissions requirements for a safe indoor environment. All our vinyl floors fulfil requirements for French A+.

French A+ website