INDOOR AIR QUALITY
In the United States, the indoor air quality certifying organization that has become the current engineered hardwood floor industry standard is the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Certified products are widely accepted as safe in terms of indoor air quality.
For healthy indoor air, it’s important that products used indoors have very low emissions and comply with FSC standards. Products marked with this seal indicate that they have been independently certified and comply with the volatile organic compound emissions criteria of the California Section 01350 standard, or CARB (California Air Resources Board). Today, California’s indoor air quality standards are the strictest in the U.S. All Wood Floor Connection (WFC) products meet this criteria.
Furthermore, all WFC engineered wood floors have been rated as either Low-VOC or No-VOC in regards to emissions of volatile organic compounds. All Low-VOC products emit less than 0.005ppm (parts per million) volatile organic compound chemicals as defined by the state of California. All No-VOC products emit less than 0.001ppm (parts per million) volatile organic compound chemicals as defined by the state of California.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY CERTIFICATION
The following table lists the engineered hardwood products that have met certification requirements. Products that have met certification also comply with the following criteria:
- Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) 2009 Criteria, EQ 2.2.3
- USGBC LEED 2009 and v4 Criteria for Low-Emitting Materials (Flooring)
- Green Guide to Healthcare 2007 Criteria, EQ 4.3
- ANSI / ASHRAE / USGBC / IES Standard 189.1 - 2009, Section 188.8.131.52: Floor Covering Materials
- CAL Green: Resilient Flooring Systems