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About the GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification Program for Low-Emitting Products

The GREENGUARD Certification Program is an industry-independent, third-party testing program for low-emitting products and materials. The first GREENGUARD Certification was awarded in the fall of 2002. In 2005, GEI announced the GREENGUARD Children & Schools standard, which evaluates the sensitive nature of school populations combined with the unique building characteristics found in schools, and presents the most rigorous product emissions criteria to date. To date, more than 100 manufacturers across various industries offer GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® Products.

All GREENGUARD Certified products are listed in the GREENGUARD Online Product Guide, an indoor air quality (IAQ) resource that is provided at no charge. The guide features products, which are regularly tested to ensure that their chemical and particle emissions meet acceptable IAQ pollutant guidelines and standards. GREENGUARD Certification is a valuable tool for architects, designers, product specifiers, and purchasing organizations that want to locate, specify, and purchase off-the-shelf, low-emitting products for indoor environments. GREENGUARD Certification is a voluntary program available to all manufacturers and their suppliers.

About the GREENGUARD for Building Construction Program

In 2006, GEI introduced the GREENGUARD for Building Construction Program, a mold risk reduction program that for the first time certifies the design, construction and ongoing operations of newly constructed multifamily and commercial properties. GREENGUARD for Building Construction protects Lenders, Insurers and Building Developers from Mold Risk by providing effective processes based on the industries' best practices for safeguarding against the damage and resulting losses caused by mold. Buildings that are “certified” through GREENGUARD for Building Construction have been proven to meet this standard and are monitored for ongoing compliance throughout the term of the loan or building life.

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GREENGUARD Certification Standards for Low Emitting Products

GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) has established performance based standards to define goods with low chemical and particle emissions for use indoors, primarily building materials, interior furnishings, furniture, cleaning and maintenance products, electronic equipment, and personal care products. The standard establishes certification procedures including test methods, allowable emissions levels, product sample collection and handling, testing type and frequency, and program application processes and acceptance.

GREENGUARD Allowable Emission Levels

All products are tested in dynamic environmental chambers following the GREENGUARD test method, “Method for Measuring Various Chemical Emissions using Dynamic Environmental Chambers,” as posted on this web site. The method follows the guidance of ASTM standards D-5116-06 and D-6670-01, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's testing protocol for furniture, the State of Washington's protocol for interior furnishings and construction materials, and California’s DHS standard practice for the Special Environmental Requirements, Specification Section 01350. Products are measured for emission levels, which must meet the following indoor air concentrations within seven (7) days of unpackaging. Air concentrations are based on the product being in a room 32 m3 in volume with outdoor air ventilation based on ASHRAE 62.1-2004 or the USEPA’s recommended exposure factors. Maximum allowable emission levels are those required by the State of Washington's indoor air quality program for new construction, the US Environmental Protection Agency's procurements specifications, the recommendations from the World Health Organization, Germany's Blue Angel Program for electronic equipment, LEED for New Construction, and LEED for Commercial Interiors. Office furniture products meeting these allowable emission levels also meet the requirements of LEED credit 4.5 and the BIFMA X7.1 Conformance standard. When multiple emission values are recommended, the lesser, or more stringent, is used as the acceptable emission value for GREENGUARD Certification.

Standards for Wallcoverings Industry (PDF format)

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GREENGUARD Certification is available on patterns within the vinyl wallcovering collections from VER-TI-CAL. (For specific requirements, please contact your Hirshfield's Sales Representative.)

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