Ark Floors is the North American arm of A&W Group, one of the world’s largest wood flooring companies. While many flooring manufacturers have recently begun to talk about green products, Ark Floors / A&W Group has been involved in global environmental concerns since our company was formed. Our global positioning requires a strong commitment to sustainable forestry practices and our efforts have been recognized by some the world’s most prestigious environmental organizations.
2004 A&W / Ark Floors Chairman Carl Lu was a guest speaker at the “World Forest Environment Forum” hosted by the WWF and received recognition for A&W’s contribution to responsible forestry.
2005 A&W / Ark Floors was approved as a GFTN (Global Forest and Trade Network) participant in 2005 and has spoken publicly against the purchase of illegal material.
2006 A&W / Ark Floors received its Green Pass to the international timber and flooring market Chain of Custody Certification.
2008 A&W / Ark Floors participates in the first comprehensive industry symposium on both the *Lacey Act and CARB legislation hosted by NWFA.
2010 A&W / Ark Floors was one of only 500 international companies to sign the historic Copenhagen Communiqué, a global initiative presented to the U.N. that calls for an ambitious, robust and equitable global deal on climate change.
Ark continues in our diligence to provide customers with environmentally-friendly products that result from responsible foresting. All of our hardwood products are finished with nine coats of PPG-a longwearing, eco-friendly UV coating with Aluminium Oxide that is permeated into each plank. This low VOC coating keeps floors looking beautiful for years to come.
What is the Lacey Act? The Lacey Act of 1900, is a conservation law introduced by Iowa Rep. John F. Lacey. The law was designed to protect both plants and wildlife by creating civil and criminal penalties for a wide array of violations. The Lacey Act most notably prohibits trade in wildlife, fish, plants and trees that have been illegally taken, transported, harvested or sold. The Lacey Act was signed into law by President William McKinley on May 25, 1900 and recent amendments in 2008 help ensure responsible forestry.
What is CARB? CARB stands for California Air Resources Board, or the “clean air agency.” This agency has set forth strict regulations on the levels of formaldehyde that can be present in engineered flooring sold in their state. We are proud to ensure that all of our engineered products are Phase 2 CARB compliant, as certified by SGS.