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GREENGUARD®

Understanding and Communicating GREENGUARD® Certification
GREENGUARD® Certification Program

  • Internationally recognized for evaluating product emissions and certifying building materials, furnishings, finishes and cleaning products and processes that meet stringent indoor air quality criteria defined by GEI.
  • Currently, more than 100 manufacturers voluntarily participate in the program, offering over 150,000 interior products.
  • Products undergo rigorous, third-party testing to determine their impact on indoor air pollution with requirements for ongoing testing and verification.
  • Certification confirms a manufacturer’s environmental responsibility, and signifies their environmental achievements through independent, third-party testing and verification.
  • GREENGUARD® Certified products are recommended by leading sustainable building programs, including:
    • U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED® Rating System,
    • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB®) Green Building Guidelines,
    • Green Guide for Health CareTM (GGHC),
    • Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Best Practices Manual,
    • New York City Department of Design and Construction Sustainable Design Specifications, among others.

 

Indoor Air Quality
  • Americans spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors.
  • Indoor air is often four to five times more polluted than outside air - these pollutants pose serious environmental exposures to people.
  • An EPA report found that illness and lost productivity due to indoor air pollution, commonly called "sick building syndrome," costs businesses $60 billion annually.
  • Better indoor air quality is achieved through reduction of airborne chemicals and indoor air pollution – by selecting products with low chemical emissions.

 

Toddler crawling on tile floorGREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI)
  • GEI is an industry-independent, non-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD® Certification Program.
  • In addition to product certification, GEI provides valuable tools and resources to the design and specification community including:
    • Free online Product Guide for finding GREENGUARD® Certified products, with printable certificates that can be used for verification and LEED® submission
    • Continuing education courses approved by the AIA® and IIDA/ASID
    • Downloadable product specifications organized by CSI division to easily include GREENGUARD® Certified products in project specifications
 
GREENGUARD® News
Recently Florida TIle was featured in a case study published by GEI on their website. The case study showcases the strength of GREENGUARD's certification and the impact it has on the design community. Even a naturally low emitting product like porcelain tile does gain benefits from GREENGUARD® standing behind them. As the green message starts to get muddy with false claims, third party verification in every industry is going to grow and goups like GREENGUARD® are there to help. To read the entire article, visit the link below. 
 
 
GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
2211 Newmarket Parkway, Suite 110
Atlanta, Georgia 30067
1-800-427-9681
 
For information on Florida Tile's GREENGUARD® certified products and links to download certificates, please click the link below: