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May 14, 2013 – DALTON, GA – USFloors has achieved GREENGUARD GOLD Indoor Air Quality Certification for COREtec Plus® Engineered Luxury Vinyl Floors, a patent-pending luxury vinyl collection the company developed and introduced at Surfaces 2013. GREENGUARD GOLD Certification (formerly known as GREENGUARD Children & Schools) is the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute’s most stringent testing requirement for emissions of formaldehyde, aldehydes, phenols, and other VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). COREtec Plus® joins USFloors’ Natural Cork™ and Natural Bamboo™ products in the company’s portfolio of GREENGUARD GOLD Certified products.
GREENGUARD Gold Certification requirements comply with the State of California’s Department of Public Health Services Standard Practice for Specification Section 01350 (California Section 01350) for testing chemical emissions from building products used in schools and other environments. As such, GREENGUARD Gold Certified products can be used to earn valuable credits in the CHPS Best Practices Manual for K-12 schools, the US Green Building Council’s LEED® Green Building Rating Systems, the Green Guide for Healthcare, the NAHB Green Building Guidelines, Green Globes, Regreen and many other building codes, standards and specifications.
“GREENGUARD GOLD Certification adds another important value-added benefit to our COREtec Plus® products,” said Piet Dossche, President and CEO of USFloors. “Achieving third-party GREENGUARD GOLD Certification demonstrates our on-going commitment to indoor environmental quality and furthers our efforts to provide flooring that enhances the quality of life for our customers.”
About COREtec Plus®
COREtec Plus® is a technologically advanced collection of engineered luxury vinyl tiles and planks, combining water resistance, durability, and affordability with easy installation requiring minimal floor prep. The patent-pending construction of COREtec Plus® features a top layer of virgin luxury vinyl with a 20 mil, commercially-rated wear layer, a waterproof extruded core structure that is dimensionally stable, and an attached cork underlayment to minimize subfloor imperfections, add improved sound absorption, and provide warmth and enhanced comfort to the floor. COREtec Plus® will not swell or be damaged when exposed to water and can be installed in rooms of any size and eliminates the need for unsightly t-molds and expansion strips every 30 ft.
COREtec Plus® is a patent-pending product exclusively from USFloors Inc.
About the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
Founded in 2001, the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) is an independent, third-party organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification programs. The Institute’s mission is to protect human health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air. As an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer, GEI establishes acceptable indoor air standards for building materials, interior products, electronic equipment, indoor environments and buildings. The more than 200,000 GREENGUARD Certified products represented under the GREENGUARD Certification mark must meet stringent; third-party standards for low chemical emissions based on established health standards and undergo rigorous testing and verification processes on a regular basis. GREENGUARD Certification is broadly recognized and accepted by a number of “green” building programs, including the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED rating system. In February 2011, the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute was acquired by UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories).
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May 15, 2013 – DALTON, GA – USFloors has been awarded the 2013 Award of Excellence in the Cork and Bamboo Flooring category. The Award of Excellence is voted on by floor covering retailers and presented by Floor Covering News magazine and the World Floor Covering Association. Sam Ruble, USFloors Vice President of Sales, accepted the award on behalf of the company at a ceremony held on May 2 at the Roslyn Hotel in Roslyn, Long Island, NY.
“It’s always a great honor to be recognized by your customers, and our thanks go out to every one who voted for us,” said Piet Dossche, USFloors President and CEO. He continued, “The importance of receiving this prestigious award cannot be understated. It validates what we are doing in the areas of innovative product development, product assortment, value proposition, quality control and customer service. We will continue to strive to become an even better supplier to our customers, but it is nice and encouraging to get their endorsement, we are on the right track. I like to thank as well the entire team at USFloors for their daily commitment and dedication. This Award of Excellence is a result of their efforts and I assign it to them”
This year’s ceremony marks the 17th year that the Award of Excellence has been presented. Sponsored by FCNews and the WFCA, the Award of Excellence is a means for manufacturers’ customers to acknowledge companies that consistently provide the best service, professionalism of sales force, management responsiveness, value, design, B2B, handling of claims and ease of doing business. This year, thousands of ballots were cast online and at Surfaces 2013 for the prestigious floor covering award.
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USFloors is a Dalton, GA based manufacturer and distributor of unique and sustainable natural flooring products such as cork, bamboo, and other natural hardwoods.