THE JUNCKERS CARBON CALCULATOR
At Junckers we actively promote sustainable building. Our Carbon Calculator provides a method for choosing the most environmentally friendly flooring solution for net zero carbon building design.
The Junckers Carbon Calculator Tool is a quick and simple way to compare the global warming potential (GWP) and embodied carbon levels of a number of commonly specified floor types. When you use the tool you may see that some flooring products cause an increase in the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, but others will actually reduce it. Those that reduce it we call Carbon Negative.
Results from the Carbon Calculator clearly show how influential your choice can be.
THE DRIVE FOR NET ZERO CARBON BUILDINGS IS STRONG
Globally the UN Intergovernmental Panel on climate change and the Paris Agreement aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030. Such initiatives requires architects, contractors, self-builders as well as private customers to specify products with low embodied carbon.
To assess a product’s effect upon global warming you need to know the product’s global warming potential (GWP). This is achieved by measuring all greenhouse gases in the material, including carbon dioxide, and expressing this as a “carbon dioxide equivalent”, CO2e. The greenhouse gases that are generated by extracting, transporting and processing of raw materials, and manufacturing the finished product are used to calculate the product’s GWP, and this is included in the product’s Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).
The Junckers carbon calculator uses publicly available data and draws a simple picture of which materials we can use with no or little worry and those we should leave out if we want to build a greener world.
HOW DID WE WORK IT OUT?
We hope you will find our carbon footprint calculator useful. In the following section you can read more information about it. If you do not find the answer you are looking for, please reach out to us.
WHY ARE SOLID HARDWOOD FLOORS MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY THAN OTHER FLOOR TYPES? add
Many factors in the production process can influence the CO2e footprint of vinyl flooring. However, it can be emphasized that oil – not a renewable resource - is an important raw material in vinyl products. In comparison, wood not only stores CO2, it is also considered a renewable and sustainable resource, which explains the difference in CO2e figures.
To some degree, the same positive trend is seen in relation to laminate floors containing wood fibres and paper, as well as engineered floors containing a small part of hardwood, a wood-based intermediate layer, and a bottom layer typically of softwood.
In the production of carpets, great attempts are made to use recycled plastic, e.g., plastic bottles and fishing nets, but many carpet types are like vinyl based on non-renewable resources and will therefore release CO2e to the atmosphere.
MORE REASONS WHY SOLID HARDWOOD FLOORING IS THE MOST SUSTAINABLE CHOICE
Even though Junckers has always been ahead of its time in caring for the environment, having the right company policies and practices is not enough. We recognise the need to provide independent evidence to clients and designers. We have achieved independent accreditation by a number of international schemes including FSC®, PEFC™ and ISO 14001. We have also had independent product testing carried out for VOCs and our products' effect on indoor environment under CDPH standards and the Danish Indoor Climate Label scheme and have completed EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) for our floors. These certificates are an important tool for designers who are designing buildings to the high environmental standards required under BREEAM, LEED, WELL and DGNB schemes.