Calhoun, Ga.—UltraWood from Mohawk has been named a 2022 Green Good Design Award winner by The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.
For 2022, Green Good Design said it received hundreds of submissions from around the world, including prominent manufacturers and Fortune 500 companies such as Mohawk. Members of The European Center’s International Advisory Committee served as the jury and selected over 160 new products, programs, people, environmental planning and architecture as outstanding examples of Green Design from 30 nations.
“Mohawk is honored to receive international recognition for one of our newest innovations,” said Malisa Maynard, vice president of sustainability, Mohawk. “I’m proud of our teams for their forward thinking and work to develop more sustainable flooring products like UltraWood. Along with the other winners, we are helping design a better world.”
For people who want a sustainable alternative to traditional hardwood, UltraWood is naturally sustainable, provides 10x more flooring and uses 90 percent recycled wood, according to the company.
As trees grow, they sequester carbon. When the tree is turned into UltraWood, the carbon stays locked away in the finished materials. Therefore, UltraWood removes carbon from the air to store it in a beautiful long-lasting floor and as natural wood is the primary raw material used in UltraWood, the floors are 100 percent renewable, according to the company.
10x more flooring
The UltraWood manufacturing process delivers 10-times more natural hardwood per-log when compared to traditional hardwood flooring production, according to the company. For instance, in a 2,500-square-foot home, it only takes 2.5 logs to floor the entire space with UltraWood compared to 25 logs to floor the entire space with traditional wood.
90% recycled wood content
Ninety percent of the wood used to create the impact resistant boards of UltraWood is recycled from post-industrial wood, according to Mohawk. In fact, every year, Mohawk said it converts half a million tons of industrial wood waste into impact resistant boards with 5x greater dent protection for UltraWood hardwood floors.
“UltraWood demonstrates our commitment to innovate sustainable flooring solutions,” Maynard said. “Mohawk’s recycled platform opens new opportunities to create and enhance product circularity.”
In addition to its sustainable attributes, the company said UltraWood offers durability and cleanability. UltraWood includes some of Mohawk’s best-known technologies such as Everlast, WetProtect and EasyClean.
“UltraWood is the total package in wood flooring,” said Seth Arnold, vice president of marketing, hard surface, Mohawk. “It truly is the ultimate performance hardwood and it is exciting to see Good Design recognize that as well.”