Dalton, GA – USFloors Inc. has achieved GREENGUARD® Children & Schools Certification for it’s line of Natural Cork® Floating Floors with the Endura AR™ finish as well as it’s entry level Ecocork® Floating Floors. Earlier this year, USFloors achieved the Children & Schools certification for its Natural Bamboo® flooring line, the only bamboo flooring line to achieve this stringent certification standard for indoor air quality. With the addition of the Natural Cork® floating floors, USFloors is the only flooring supplier to have both cork and bamboo flooring lines with GREENGUARD Children & Schools certification in it’s product portfolio.
USFloors COO, Philippe Erramuzpe commented, “Having our core products of cork and bamboo flooring be certified to the GREENGUARD Children and Schools standard, exemplifies our on-going commitment to providing the most environmentally responsible flooring products to our customers and consumers.”
The GREENGUARD Children & Schools Program is one of the most stringent and rigorous indoor air quality certification programs in the world. Products certified to this standard have been screened for more than 10,000 different volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and undergo periodic verification processes to remain certified. The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, an independent, third-party organization dedicated to improving indoor air, oversees the certification program and develops the standards that guide it.
Indoor air quality can have a significant impact on the health of building occupants and is therefore recognized as critical to the creation of healthy, high-performance interior environments by numerous sustainable building programs such as, the United States Green Building Council’s LEED® program and the National Association of Home Builders’
(NAHB) National Green Building Program. Both of these programs, and many others, identify the specification of GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified products as a strategy to improve indoor air quality and fulfill requirements for low-emitting materials.
GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified products are approved in all of the following LEED Rating Systems:
• LEED 2009 for Commercial Interiors EQ Credit 4.3 – Low-Emitting Materials: Flooring Systems
• LEED 2009 for New Construction EQ Credit 4.3 – Low-Emitting Materials: Flooring Systems
• LEED 2009 for Homes MR Credit 2.2
• LEED 2009 for Core & Shell EQ Credit 4.3 – Low-Emitting Materials: Flooring Systems
• LEED 2009 Retail for Commercial Interiors EQ Credit 4 Option C: Flooring Systems (in pilot phase)
• LEED 2009 Retail for New Construction EQ Credit 4 Option C: Flooring Systems (in pilot phase)
GREENGUARD Children & Schools Product Certification Program complies with the State of California’s Department of Health Services Standard Practice (CA Section 01350) and Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS).
Visit the USFloors product page at www.greenguard.org to review the complete portfolio of USFloors GREENGUARD certified flooring lines.
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. For more information and a complete listing of certified products, visit www.greenguard.org.
Based in Dalton, Georgia, USFloors (which is the brand moniker for Unique and Sustainable Floors) is a leading producer of sustainable, eco-friendly floors including cork, bamboo, linoleum and FSC-certified hardwood floors. The company also provides the products to the contract market under the USF Contract brand. USFloors is the ONLY supplier of cork and bamboo flooring with manufacturing facilities operating in the United States. USFloors’ commitment is to provide consumers and specifiers with beautiful and durable floors at a good value, while minimizing the impact on the environment, and enhancing and improving it whenever possible. For more information on USFloors, visit usfloorsllc.com.
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