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USGBC Accepts GEI Flooring Certification for Children and Schools (posted 2/17/09)

The Children & Schools standard is the most stringent of GEI’s standards and is designed to be protective of the youngest occupant.

The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) recently announced that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has approved flooring certified to the GREENGUARD Children & Schools(SM) standard as an alternative pathway for achieving credit within the LEED® Rating System. This means that buildings seeking LEED certification will have an additional option for achieving credit EQ 4.3: Flooring Systems with regard to low-emitting flooring.

“We applaud GEI in providing a robust third-party certification program that encourages floor covering manufacturers to verify their products to be protective of building occupants’ health and well being,” said Rick Fedrizzi, chief executive officer and founding chairman of the USGBC. “This approval will increase the availability of qualified sustainable flooring products, including hardwoods, bamboo, laminates, rubber, stone, ceramic, quartz, underlayment and other alternative flooring materials for LEED projects.”

GEI's mission is to protect the indoor air quality of commercial building, homes, schools and healthcare facilities by qualifying construction materials and furnishings for their low, non-toxic emissions. The Children & Schools standard, introduced in 2005, is the most stringent of GEI’s standards and is designed to be protective of the youngest occupant. Currently, more than 130 different manufacturers participate in the GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification Program, which requires extensive initial qualification followed by ongoing verification. All products must meet, as a minimum, the health-based criteria of CA 01350's chronic exposure levels.

For additional details, visit www.usgbc.org or www.greenguard.org.

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