Smith & Fong, the Green Sports Alliance, and Levi’s Stadium

September 18, 2014 in Bamboo Flooring

Smith & Fong donated three Linear Line 4 (LL4) bamboo plywood panels for the construction of the main stage at the 2014 Green Sports Alliance Summit, held in Santa Clara, CA this July. This year’s Summit was the organization’s largest to date, with more than 650 professional sports industry leaders in attendance. From the GSA website:

“The Green Sports Alliance is a non-profit organization with a mission to help sports teams, venues and leagues enhance their environmental performance. Alliance members represent over 230 sports teams and venues from 20 different sports leagues. Since February of 2010, the Alliance has brought together venue operators, sports team executives and environmental scientists to exchange information about better practices and develop solutions to their environmental challenges that are cost-competitive and innovative. The information gathered from this collaboration is available to Alliance members in order that they gain a better understanding of how sporting events can be performed in an environmentally sensitive manner. The Green Sports Alliance was conceived and founded by Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. and the Natural Resources Defense Council.”

The Summit included a tour of the new Santa Clara Levi’s Stadium, home to the 49ers and the nation’s first LEED Gold-certified football stadium. Smith & Fong’s Plyboo SoyBond products are found throughout the VIP skyboxes in the groundbreaking new event center.

The $1.2 billion stadium is 1.85 million square feet, seats approximately 68,500 and features 165 luxury suites and 8,500 club seats. Designed by HNTB and built by Turner/Devcon for the Santa Clara Stadium Authority, Levi’s Stadium takes advantage of the Silicon Valley climate and is predominantly open and airy, while also environmentally friendly. One of the most unique features of the facility is the green roof atop the suite tower on the west side of the stadium. The three solar bridges, connecting the main parking area to the stadium, include hundreds of solar panels.

New environmental transparency listings/certifications for Smith & Fong’s Plyboo products

September 11, 2014 in Bamboo Flooring

This year we achieved Healthy Product Declarations (HPD) and Pharos Project listings for all of our standard, soy-based bamboo flooring and plywood products.

EBNAccording to a recent article written by Environmental Building News’ Erin Weaver, “The Health Product Declaration (HPD) Open Standard Version 1 is available to manufacturers as a standardized format for disclosure of product contents, emissions, and health information to help designers, specifiers, and building owners and occupants make informed purchasing decisions. The HPD is meant to increase transparency and reduce redundant disclosure demands by referencing existing hazard lists and providing a human health context for information disclosed in an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and other documents (see “The Product Transparency Movement: Peeking Behind the Corporate Veil,” EBN Jan. 2012). It is included as a compliance option for the Building Product Disclosure and Optimization: Material Ingredients credit in the current public comment draft of the forthcoming LEED v4 rating system.”

The Pharos Project, created and administered by Washington, DC-based Healthy Building Network, “is a campaign for transparency in the building materials market…the ultimate campaign tool…for users to locate the best materials to meet their current needs and enduring values; a tool to help cut through the prolific greenwashing; a space where users can discuss what makes a product truly green; and, most importantly, a platform from which to show manufacturers what constitutes a market in support of the best environmental, health and social equity practices.

These designations are not only important in helping us achieve specification in some very high-profile and important green building projects; they also help support our ongoing pursuit of absolute environmental health and social equity.

Declare® Certification: Smith & Fong’s latest sustainability milestone.

August 29, 2014 in Bamboo Flooring, Declare Certification, Plywood and Veneer

DeclarePlywoodIn 2007 we began the process of removing urea formaldehyde from our core Plyboo bamboo product range, including flooring and plywood. In 2008 we achieved the world’s first FSC certification, for our moso bamboo forest resource in China. Later in 2008 we began converting our manufacturing processes to accept a formaldehyde-free, soy-based resin system, the product made from this adhesive was branded Soybond. These were all-important milestones for us, and the bamboo industry at large and helped push the healthy interiors movement forward. This year we achieved Declare® Certification for our PlybooPure (Soybond) bamboo flooring and plywood products, which still represent the cornerstone of what Smith & Fong stands for. This certification was an important step for us as it is the highest standard for sustainability and environmental health for an interior finish product. Declare Certification was developed by the International Living Future Institute™ (ILFI) as part of the Living Building Challenge (LBC), to demand complete transparency from products used in LBC projects. Our Soybond products received the highest marks in the rating system. To achieve this a product must contain no “Red List” components. “Red List,” ingredients represent the “worst in class” materials, chemicals, and elements known to pose serious risks to human health and the greater ecosystem. In order to achieve Declare Certification, no Red List ingredients can be part of a project’s materials. The Red List includes:

  • Asbestos
  • Cadmium
  • Chlorinated Polyethylene and Chlorosulfonated Polyethlene
  • Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
  • Chloroprene (Neoprene)
  • Formaldehyde (added)
  • Halogenated Flame Retardants
  • Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)
  • Lead (added)
  • Mercury
  • Petrochemical Fertilizers and Pesticides
  • Phthalates
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Wood treatments containing Creosote, Arsenic or Pentachlorophenol

ILFI’s Living Building Challenge is today’s platinum standard in green building, expanding on—and exceeding—the standards established by LEED a decade ago. The ILFI organization is young, energetic and sophisticated and is the kind of organization Smith & Fong is proud to be part of.

Best Flooring Options for High Rise Condos and Apartments

March 21, 2012 in Bamboo Flooring

There is nothing more important than having the right ambiance in your luxury condominium, apartment, or loft space. Our company understands how painstakingly hard you’ve worked to ensure that your residents live in the epitome of comfort, so we’ve designed flooring systems to put your construction plans closer to that goal.

Plyboo offers two incredibly versatile flooring underlayments systems. The first is PlybooQuiet, an underlayment system were expertly crafted to drastically reduce noise in a multi-level residence. PlybooQuiet transforms any living space into a sanctuary of tranquility. The second is PlybooFit, a performance underlayment system created for fitness spaces, recreation facilities, common areas, and activity rooms. PlybooFit is perfect for any amenities your building has to offer.

Both PlybooQuiet and PlybooFit are 93% post-consumer recycled rubber subfloor underlayments that can be paired with any Smith & Fong Plyboo or Durapalm floor. Turn your living space into a pleasant retreat from noisy urban life with PlybooQuiet or turn your residents’ fitness area into an exclusive workout facility with PlybooFit. PlybooFit can be used in common spaces such as activity rooms as well.  To learn more about each system, please visit their pages respectively by clicking here: PlybooFit or PlybooQuiet.

Image: David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The New Plyboo.com

March 16, 2012 in Bamboo Flooring

Plyboo.com has a new look. 

 

Our website has changed to better serve you. We’ve really simplified the way the site works so you can find products with ease. Videos, photos, and downloadable information is easy to find. We also made the text larger so that the site is easier to read. Here’s a quick and easy guide to the new website and its features.

 

Menu Bar Updates

We changed our menu to make navigation simpler. You can now find everything that you’re looking for either at the top menu or along the side navigation bar on the left (pictured left). The menu bar (top) has a description of what you’ll find when you click. For example, Products & Systems is where you’ll find all of our product categories, flooring and underlayment systems, new products such as decking and lumber, as well as our popular items such as the Deco Palm panels. The navigation bar can be used to find everything from where to buy our products, FAQs, downloads, and more. This simple tool will direct you to every part of the website and makes it possible for you to find things time and again.

If you’re wondering where to find installation instructions, warranties, or CSI sheets, visit the downloads page. If you’d like to contact us, you can do so three ways: by email, phone, the contact form, the sample request form, or the quote form. Someone in our office will answer your inquiry during business hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5:30pm PST. Be sure to also check out our Galleries which includes photos and video of our products.

Front Page Features

The landing page now shows our new products both in the slideshow on top, and in the What’s New at Plyboo section. You can get the scoop on new launches, special promotions, and news about the company here. We also added the Architect & Designer Corner to help professionals go straight to what they’re looking for such as: e-Binders, CSIs, Installation Instructions, and the AIA accredited Continuing Education Course through McGraw Hill.

Buying Made Easier

You can get quotes or, in the case of our flooring and accessories, buy online. We’ve gone through great lengths to make your experience better. We added product shots so you can see more detail of how it looks, installation photos, and, where applicable, videos about the product features.

You can buy flooring online by choosing buy now. For plywood, decking and lumber, please request a quote by filling out our quote form.

Downloads Section Updated  for Faster Service

We updated our downloads section so you can find what you need much faster. You can now get Binders, Catalogs, Flooring and Underlayment System Information, CSIs, Installation Instructions, Warranties and more in our downloads section. Be sure to check here if you’d like any written information about our company or products.

Why Plyboo?

We updated our About Us and Sustainabilty sections to help our visitors understand why they should choose Plyboo. We’re a close-knit team dedicated to manufacturing high-quality, eco-friendly products. Be sure to visit the About Us page and get to know Plyboo.