Posted by ThomasFlooring on April 26, 2012 with No Comments
How do you know for sure that the flooring you purchase is truly a low-emitting, healthy low-voc floor? Don’t be fooled by all the Green-washing used by salesman and manufactures who tell you they have a green low-voc flooring and then give you nothing more than their word of mouth or data created through their own companies. A lot of companies do this because it is very expensive to produce a compliant product and then have it tested by an independent third party.
It can be very difficult and confusing and only a very small percentage of flooring products truly meet a standard criteria for low-emitting flooring. You can be sure you are getting a very healthy low-emitting floor if it is clear that the floor meets the standards in The California Standard 01350, which is the standard referenced in LEED and the standard that must be meet in order to be eligible for points toward a LEED certified building. There are only four standards that certify flooring to meet California Standard 01350. These standards outlined below.
The California Standard 01350 This is the standard that all of the reliable certifications seek to meet. It is the standard that needs to be meet in order to qualify for points toward LEED Certification.
FloorScore Certification This is one of the Certifications that meets the California Standard 01350.
GreenGuard Children and Schools Certification This is one of the Certifications that meets the California Standard 01350.
Green Label Plus This is one of the Certifications that meets the California Standard 01350. This is the certification specifically for carpet, carpet padding and carpet adhesives.
Indoor Advantage Gold This Certification meets the California Standard 01350. It is used to certify many indoor building products outside of flooring it does include some flooring along with the paints, coverings and sealants used on floors.