UL brings more than a century of experience in safety science, standards development and rigorous testing to the emerging field of environmental certifications. Our renowned GREENGUARD Certification gives manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their commitment to sustainable, healthier indoor environments by testing and certifying their products for low chemical emissions.
Products impact not only the natural environment, but also the built environment where people spend up to 90% of their time. Interior products can emit hundreds of chemicals, called volatile organic compounds (VOCs), into the air that building occupants breathe. These chemicals can cause or exacerbate a number of health problems.
To help protect the health of building occupants and to communicate this critical attribute to the marketplace, manufacturers of products used to construct, furnish and maintain homes and institutional and office buildings can pursue UL GREENGUARD Certification.
Testing and certifying interior products and materials for low chemical emissions, helping to reduce indoor air pollution, minimize chemical exposure and create healthier indoor environments.
GREENGUARD Certification helps manufacturers make and market products that contribute to the creation of healthier indoor environments. The UL GREENGUARD Certification mark communicates to customers that representative samples of a product have undergone rigorous scientific testing to meet some of the world's most stringent chemical emissions requirements – helping reduce indoor air pollution and the potential for airborne chemical exposure. This gives manufacturers a distinct competitive advantage in an increasingly muddled green marketplace.
GREENGUARD Certification is recognized and referenced in numerous building programs, standards and specifications around the world. Low-emitting products that are GREENGUARD Certified or GREENGUARD Gold Certified can contribute to the achievement of points in established green building rating systems, satisfy code or ordinance criteria and meet indoor air quality specific RFP requirements.
GREENGUARD Certification is the very first voluntary North American indoor air quality product certification created specifically for commercial building products, this certification requires that products meet stringent chemical emissions requirements for over 360 VOCs, plus a limit on the total of all chemical emissions combined. Products undergo routine monitoring and annual retesting to ensure continued compliance with the GREENGUARD Certification standard.
GREENGUARD Gold Certification was developed with the specific health sensitivities of children and other vulnerable health populations in mind and based on key criteria from public health agencies, this certification sets some of the world’s most stringent emission limits on over 360 chemicals, a limit on total chemical emissions, and a limit on phthalate emissions. Products undergo routine monitoring and annual retesting to ensure continued compliance with the GREENGUARD Gold standard.
GREENGUARD Certification provides a competitive advantage in an increasingly muddled green marketplace by serving as a health-based differentiator. Products that have achieved GREENGUARD Certification are scientifically proven to meet some of the world’s most rigorous, third-party chemical emissions standards — helping to reduce indoor air pollution and the risk of chemical exposure while aiding in the creation of healthier indoor environments.
GREENGUARD Certification is recognized and referenced in numerous building programs, standards and specifications around the world. Low-emitting products that are GREENGUARD Certified can contribute to the achievement of points in established green building rating systems, satisfy code or ordinance criteria, and meet indoor air quality related RFP requirements.
For more information on UL’s chemical emissions certifications, please contact us at 1.888.485.4733.
|GREENGUARD Certification||Standard is applicable for indoor products used in commercial environments »|
|GREENGUARD Gold Certification||Standard is applicable for indoor products used in educational, residential and healthcare environments »|