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Karndean Designflooring and the Environment

At Karndean Designflooring we find inspiration for our products in the beauty of the natural world and feel passionate about bringing this into every product we create, and in order to keep our environment protected we do everything we can to continuously improve our manufacturing processes to ensure sustainability whilst delivering best value. We have always aimed to make stylish and durable floors with the lowest possible impact on the environment, and have never had to compromise quality or performance in order to comply with legislation or meet environmental requirements.

All Karndean products and accessories are manufactured in factories certified to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management and ISO 9001 Quality Management International Standards. Our products are 100% recyclable and combine two eco-friendly innovations.

Each of our planks and tiles contribute to improved indoor air quality, carrying a low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) FloorScore certification, meeting LEED Credit 4.3 and CAL 1350. Our products are also manufactured phthalate-free, using alternative plasticizers that can be used for more sensitive product applications such as toys, medical equipment and food packaging.

What’s more…

  • All our packaging is made using recycled material, which we continually review to ensure that it is environmentally friendly and fit for purpose

  • We use individual logistical solutions to efficiently and effectively transport our products

  • Our storage facilities use high density racking to maximise capacity and minimise impact

  • Our offices are introducing innovative energy saving techniques

  • We are members of the United States Building Council (USBGC)

  • All of our products qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points in the USA

  • All of our adhesives are water based, solvent-free and have low VOC emissions

Leadership in Energy and Environmental (LEED)

Our Designflooring products can enable project teams to earn credits for the LEED® Certification of New Construction (NC), Homes (H), or Existing Buildings (EB).

The table below describes the applicable credit criteria.

LEED System

Applicable Category and LEED Credit Name


EQ4.3, Low Emitting Materials – Flooring Systems


MR3, Sustainable Purchasing – Facility Alterations


MR2, Environmentally Preferable Products

Our products have been reviewed by a third party LEED Accredited Professional. If you have any inquiries about how Karndean helps projects qualify for LEED Certification credits, please visit www.abovegreen.com

The Future

Our continued product innovation focuses on reducing our environmental impact and complying with environmental legislation and recognized certifications worldwide. Our aim is to remain the leading supplier of LVT flooring and to have a market-leading environmental record of achievement through the development of sustainable products and processes.

For more information view our full Environmental Product Declaration

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