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
GREENGUARD 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
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
For information on Florida Tile's GREENGUARD® certified products and links to download certificates, please click the link below: