Kährs has been environmentally and quality certifying its operations since the 1990's. We have also been publishing a transparent, audited EMAS Environmental report since 1997. Many of Kahrs' products contribute to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) points on construction projects. For both our parquet and vinyl flooring, Kährs fulfils all requirements for modern flooring aesthetics as well as environmental and quality standards.
We also follow the industrial standard of the Swedish Flooring Trade Association (GBR) for environmental declarations, so that we can provide environmentally relevant information on our products. Kährs meets European E1, Eo and California Air Resources Board – Airborne Toxic Control Measure (CARB-ATCM) Phase 1 and 2 standards.
ISO 14001 is the international environmental management system, while ISO 9001 is the international quality control system. Below are the quality and environmental accreditations relating to Kährs plant in Nybro.
In 1993, we were the first wood floor manufacturer to obtain ISO 9001 certification, and in 1997 we also achieved ISO 14001 certification.
Download our ISO certificates in PDF:
ISO 9001 - 14001
Kährs plant in Nybro holds EMAS registration. EMAS is the EU's voluntary eco-management and audit scheme. EMAS aims to streamline and constantly improve environmental work at companies and organisations and to pass on reliable messages to the market concerning the results of environmental work, by means of audited and approved environmental reports and other forms of environmental communication in advertising and marketing.
Kährs report has been audited and approved by DNV Certification AB in accordance with EMAS.
FSC® & PEFC™
FSC® – Forest Stewardship Council® is an international membership organization that promotes the responsible management of the world's forests. Kährs has been certified since 2005 and holds license FSC® C019122.
PEFC™ – Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes – is the world's largest organization for forest certification. Kährs is certified since 2013.
We offer a number of FSC® Mix certified wood floors in our standard assortment, many of our white Oak hardwood floors can also be produced, on request, as FSC® Mix certified and can contribute to LEED and/or BREEAM projects. See below list of FSC® certified wood floors for more information, or contact us to discuss your specific project needs.
FloorScore® is a certification program established by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) for hard surface flooring and flooring adhesives products that meet strict indoor air quality (IAQ) requirements. Products bearing the FloorScore label meet the indoor air quality emissions criteria of LEED, CHPS, the Green Guide for Health Care, and are recognized by a long list of healthy building programs.
The Nordic Swan
Nordic Swan Ecolabel, the official ecolabel of the Nordic countries, is a Type 1 ecolabel (ISO 14024) which includes the world's most credible and tough environmental labels to be granted. The criteria is built upon a life cycle assessment perspective – from raw material to end of life – and only the environmentally best products receive the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.
Today we have more than 180 wood floors certified in accordance with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, which is in line with Kährs’ sustainability program.
All the vinyl floors in our Luxury Tiles series are M1 certified. The M1 badge signifies that a product’s construction materials fulfil the strictest standards for indoor air quality.
A French certification that tests and guarantees that products which are installed indoors, including floors, must meet emissions requirements for a safe indoor environment. All our vinyl floors fulfil requirements for French A+.