Wood, a raw material
HIRAM Floors products are sourced exclusively from sustainably managed forests. Hiram GmbH has had them certified as both FSC® and PEFC™. We are proud of working with a naturally sustainable raw material which is entirely bio-degradable and therefore produces no waste.
Moreover, our local timber is a winning combination of first-class biological properties with exceptional durability and easy processing ability. Thus the whole production process is energy-saving and saves resources too.
Last but not least, wood as a working material boasts fantastic optical features. Our almost knot-free Urban Classic graded wood brings out the direction of the grain and the colour of the wood, but our Country Classic grading too impresses with a rustic, lively character and lets nature speak for itself.
It is impossible to ignore the topic of healthy living in our modern, fast-paced world. Higher expectations in our living and working environments call for a healthy life-style which does justice to these demands.
The home is no longer JUST a roof over one’s head. The new needs are to feel good and be able to retreat, relax and recharge one’s batteries. Just as the world of work demands intense, productive concentration, here too the key is greater efficiency and effectiveness
HIRAM Floors, with its core product of solid wood flooring, makes a significant contribution to healthy living, working and leisure. Planks made out of one single piece of wood are still even after processing a 100% natural product, entirely free from toxic substances.
In addition, wood has the exceptional biological capacity of being able to filter air. This means that high quality of the internal ambient air is guaranteed. To this can be added the unique sensation of walking on Hiram Floors floorboards. Not only is the feel you get from walking around barefoot at home a wonderful experience for the senses, but the springy effect of the whole floor, achieved by screwing it onto a wood substructure, brings the whole body physical relief. This makes HIRAM Floors solid wood floors the perfect basis for the demands as mentioned above for a healthy living and working environment.
In a world where we are constantly confronted with the problems of waste disposal, it is our greatest ambition to produce HIRAM Floors products in a sustainable way. To us, sustainable means above all to create long-lasting products, with no excess waste produced through disposal. Due to their enormous strength HIRAM Floors solid wood floor planks last for many years and can be 100% recycled after first use. By refurbishing so-called antique wood planks, they can be re-used as a floor covering and will give many more years of pleasure. Because HIRAM Floors work with customised solutions any unnecessary waste is already avoided at the production stage. We buy our roundwood directly from our forestry engineers, exactly according to our contractual requirements, and also aim for the maximum yield possible in processing the wood from round to angular shape. Sawn timber which cannot be used for wood planks is used as narrower and thinner wall cladding, or is manufactured into solid skirting boards. Cross-cuts and wood shavings or chips are made into briquettes and burning them adds to the energy cycle, until the very last piece of wood has been used up.
With the increasing globalisation and networking of the world, there is a growing need to belong and identify with our immediate surroundings too. This means that particularly rural areas like the Black Forest for example, with its regional specialities and tourist attractions, are attracting special attention again amongst the locals but also increasingly from tourists. Businesses recognise the added value of this regional allegiance and advertise more and more with the Black Forest brand. In the case of Hiram the regional component is not only a marketing strategy used by many, it is a story that has been a fundamental part of our enterprise for over 35 years. One of our greatest strengths is on the one hand the use of local species of wood, but also our preferred cooperation with suppliers, producers and clients from the region. In the family firm itself we promote and support a healthy workplace, independent working and a positive environment for our colleagues. Amongst other things this creates added value for them, their families and indeed for our business.
Together with our stakeholders, which is to say everyone involved in the business, we are in a position to manage our regional forests sustainably, to put our raw material wood through many life cycles, and to offer added value to the local economy by creating secure jobs.