Working with wood engenders a deep concern for the careful management of nature’s resources.
«Symbiosis of people and nature»
The raw material wood is a perfect example of a natural cycle. At Bauwerk Parquet, our manufacturing processes take the ecological aspects of wood into account: the use of wood from a controlled origin, the optimum use of the existing raw material and the careful use of natural resources. With the motto of "Symbiosis of man and nature", Bauwerk is committed to improvements in environmental responsibility, healthy living and social ethics. With Bauwerk, you have a partner who goes far beyond the minimum legal requirements in these areas and places special emphasis on the wellbeing of man and nature at every stage of the supply chain.
Tested according to the highest standards and strictest specifications
When you choose Bauwerk products, you get sustainable, 100 per cent healthy living products that have been tested according to the highest standards, fulfil the strictest specifications and are suitable for sustainable building standards.
Cradle to Cradle® is an innovative, positive and integral approach to sustainability. The goal is not based on reduction, but to reuse raw materials as unconditionally as possible. The motto: waste should feed other material cycles. Five main criteria are checked for the certification: material health, product circularity, clean air & climate protection, water & soil stewardship, and social fairness.
All our 2-layer products manufactured at the St. Margrethen site hold at least the Cradle to Cradle® Bronze certificate. All Bauwerk B-Protect® floorings are Cradle to Cradle Silver, all Silente products even Cradle to Cradle® Gold certified.
Eco-products for Minergie and Minergie-Eco In order to help build Minergie-Eco buildings, the eco-bau association created the Eco-Products Directory and examines building products based on the Eco-Devis methodology and the exclusion criteria of Minergie-Eco. Bauwerk's products have been evaluated according to these criteria and can be found in the Eco product list at www.eco-bau.ch.
SNBS - Swiss Sustainable Building Standard With SNBS 2.0 Civil Engineering, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) has created a standard based on the Minergie / Minergie-Eco topics and takes into account other sustainable building standards such as LEED, DGNB or BREEAM. Bauwerk products have been evaluated according to various standards, and their suitability for the Swiss Sustainable Building Standard has been granted in principle.
The Institut Bauen und Umwelt e. V. (IBU) is an association of building product manufacturers who have joined forces to operate an international environmental product declaration programme. IBU stands for sustainability in construction and advocates the following opinion: if you advertise sustainability, you must be able to prove it. This is precisely what the construction materials industry is doing in working with the IBU to create environment product declarations (EPD) - an internationally recognised and standardised tool for the sustainability certification of buildings. This EPD is the EPD of an association of which Bauwerk Parkett is a member.
FloorScore® is the most highly recognised indoor air quality (IAQ) certification standard in the USA. At Bauwerk Parquet, all parquet floors are FloorScore® certified. Products certified with this label qualify for many sustainable building concepts, including LEED v4 and BREEAM.
LEED Green Building Credit Points The LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, criteria-based standard that recognises buildings that provide a "healthy" environment, are water and energy efficient, and comply with very high environmental standards. Structural products (parquet, construction site seals, parquet glue) can contribute to the number of points earned with the LEED certification (United Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Eco-Institut Label The eco-Institut tests and evaluates low-pollutant and low-emission products and awards them the eco-Institut label. The test criteria extend far beyond existing legal requirements. The certified products or their components must be toxicologically safe and as environmentally friendly as possible.
ISO Certification14001 The ISO certification 14001 stands for the highest standards in exemplary environmental performance.
FSC® Certification FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) is an internationally recognised, credible indicator that the wood is sourced from responsible forestry. Products with FSC labels ensure the use of forests according to the social, economic and ecological needs of current and future generations. In addition, the label ensures that the product is not mixed with non-certified, i.e. not controlled, wood on its way to the consumer throughout the entire processing and trading chain. All products can be manufactured according to the FSC on request.
The Sentinel Haus concept enables optimum indoor air quality with contractually agreed target values. This is made possible by the use of tested and approved products and training of the building operators. Products that are relevant to indoor environments must comply with the assessment schemes of the Committee for Health-related Evaluation of Building Products (AgBB). These assessments are supplemented by the criteria and limit values of the ECO-Institut label.
Sustainability Report Bauwerk Group
The Bauwerk Group has published its first group-wide sustainability report that shows our aspirations in all major sustainability issues in the industry.