GREENGUARD Certification

Overview

UL GREENGUARD Certification provides manufacturers with a competitive advantage by serving as a health-based differentiator. Products that are GREENGUARD Certified for low chemical emissions can contribute to the creation of more healthful indoor environments and are scientifically proven to meet some of the world’s most rigorous third-party chemical emissions standards.

Definition

Two tiers of certification are available: GREENGUARD Certification and GREENGUARD Gold Certification.

GREENGUARD Certification
GREENGUARD Certification emissions limits were first used as purchasing specifications for the U.S. EPA and the state of Washington for furniture and commercial building products. GREENGUARD Certification criteria have been the basis for the LEED credit for low-emitting furniture since 2002. Office furniture products that are GREENGUARD Certified are also compliant with the BIFMA X7.1 standard and BIFMA e3 credit 7.6.1.

GREENGUARD Gold Certification
The GREENGUARD Gold Certification standard includes health-based criteria for additional chemicals and also requires lower total VOC emissions levels to ensure that products are acceptable for use in environments such as schools and health care facilities. In addition to limiting emissions of more than 360 VOCs and total chemical emissions, GREENGUARD Gold Certified products must also comply with requirements of the state of California Department of Public Health Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers, Version 1.1 (2010) (also known as California Section 01350 or CDPH v.1.1-2010). Office furniture products that are GREENGUARD Gold Certified are also compliant with the BIFMA X7.1 standard and BIFMA e3 credits 7.6.1, 7.6.2 and 7.6.3.

Benefits

GREENGUARD Certification helps manufacturers make and market products that contribute to the creation of more healthful indoor environments. GREENGUARD Certified products are recognized, referenced or preferred by more than 450 federal purchasers, retailers, green building rating tools and building codes around the world.

The GREENGUARD Certification mark communicates that representative samples of a product have undergone rigorous scientific testing to meet some of the world's most stringent chemical emissions requirements. This certification helps reduce indoor air pollution and the potential for airborne chemical exposure. It gives manufacturers a distinct competitive advantage in a marketplace in which consumers are increasingly concerned about the potential health effects of products.


DELIVERABLES

Product listing(s) in the UL Sustainable Product Guide


For more information on GREENGUARD Certification, please call us at:

United States and Canada
1.888.485.4733

European Union
+49.221.931.245.30

Greater China
+86.20.3213.1044

Japan and Korea
+81.3.52.93.6200


PRODUCTS THIS SERVICE APPLIES TO

Any product used to design, construct, furnish or maintain a commercial, residential, education or health care environment.

APPLICABLE STANDARDS

UL 2818 GREENGUARD Standard for Building Materials, Finishes and Furnishings

UL 2821 GREENGUARD Test Method for Building Materials, Finishes and Furnishings

UL 2819 GREENGUARD Standard for Electronic Equipment

UL 2823 GREENGUARD Test Method for Electronic Equipment

UL 2820 GREENGUARD Standard for Cleaning and Maintenance Products

UL 2822 GREENGUARD Test Method for Cleaning and Maintenance Products

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