REACH is the Regulation for Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of CHemicals in the European Union.
OUR PRODUCTS DO NOT CONTAIN ANY SUBSTANCE POTENTIALLY SUBJECT TO ANY REACH RESTRICTIONS.
As part of the DIBt (Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik), the German federal committee – Ausschuss für die gesundheitliche Bewertung von Bauprodukten (AgBB) – has developed a testing and evaluation procedure for VOC emissions after 3 and 28 days:
DIBt has made this evaluation procedure mandatory and AgBB approval is now a legal requirement to market a flooring product in Germany.
DIBt requires every year:
GERFLOR PRODUCT RANGES COMPLY WITH AgBB PROTOCOL.
US certification system based on the California “Section 01350” for VOC emission evaluation, specific to flooring. This evaluation procedure takes into account emissions after 11, 12 and 14 days: limit values for TVOC and aldehydes. This is the most recognized system in the world and is the best way to approve a product in term of VOC emissions according to LEED certification. Floorscore requires every year:
GERFLOR FLOORS ARE FLOORSCORE CERTIFIED. USING ONLY GERFLOR PRODUCTS ON A PROJECT CAN BRING 1 POINT ACCORDING TO LEED CREDIT ON LOW EMITTING FLOORING SYSTEM.
Similar to Floorscore, but not specific to flooring. This evaluation procedure takes into account emissions after 7 days: limit values for TVOC and aldehydes.
SPM WALL PROTECTION AND HANDRAILS ARE IN THE PROCESS OF GREENGUARD CERTFICATION.
Finland evaluation procedure: after 28 days, TVOC, formaldehyde, ammoniac, carcinogenic and sensory evaluation.
GERFLOR PRODUCTS COMPLY WITH M1 REQUIREMENTS. WE HAVE GOT SOME PRODUCTS M1 CERTIFIED BUT HAVE NOT DONE. IT FOR ALL OUR PRODUCTS.
Similar but more demanding than AgBB, this German evaluation procedure measures VOC emissions after 3 and 28 days:
GERFLOR PRODUCT RANGES VOC EMISSIONS COMPLY WITH THE BLUE ANGEL REQUIREMENTS. BUT OUR PRODUCTS CAN NOT HAVE THE BLUE ANGEL CERTIFICATION AS BLUE ANGEL EXCLUDES VINYL PRODUCTS.
This procedure measures VOC emissions after 3 days and 28 days.
GERFLOR PRODUCTS COMPLY WITH THIS PROTOCOL.
This Scandinavian procedure measures VOC emissions after 28 days & 26 weeks.
GERFLOR PRODUCTS COMPLY WITH THIS PROTOCOL.
WHAT IS IT ?
ERFMI (European Resilient Flooring Manufacturer Institute) has prepared EU wide Life Cycle Assessment of a broad range of flooring types and specifications. From this study, carried out by PE, a series of Life Cycle Analysis data sheets have been produced. These datasheets are called EPD’s (Environment Product Declaration) ; they analyze the impacts a floorcovering has over its service life. EPD’s calculator is available on www.erfmi.com
GERFLOR HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF ERFMI. GERFLOR CONTRACT PRODUCT RANGES HAVE A FDES.
In France, the SFEC (Syndicat Français des Enducteurs Calandreurs) has developed FDES (Fiches de Données Environnementales et Sanitaires). These datasheets are available on www.inies.fr
GERFLOR HAS BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THIS APPROACH. GERFLOR CONTRACT PRODUCT RANGES HAVE A FDES.
BRE (Building Research Establishment) is a UK based independant third party approvals body offering certification of fire, security and sustainability products and services to an international market. BREEAM is the assessment method developp+ed by BRE.
ALL GENERIC FLOORING SPECIFICATIONS CORRESPONDING TO GERFLOR COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS HAVE BEEN GIVEN AN A/A+ RATING ACCORDING TO THE BRE GREEN GUIDE, A+ BEING THE BEST RATING ON A+ – E SYSTEM.
ISO14001 certification means the industrial site:
GERFLOR INDUSTRIAL SITES ARE ISO 14001CERTIFIED.
OHSAS 18001 is an international standard giving requirements related to health and safety management systems. It enables an organization to have control over, and knowledge of, all relevant hazards resulting from normal operations and abnormal situations, and improve its performance.
TROISDORF FACTORY IS ALREADY OHSAS18001 CERTIFIED AND OUR OTHER FACTORIES ARE IN THE PROCESS.
LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The different types of LEEDTH Certification are:
How flooring systems can contribute to leed™ certification?
MATERIAL AND RESSOURCES
INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
CONTRIBUTION TO LEED™ CERTIFICATION:
In Australia, the local Green Building Council has developed a voluntary rating system for buildings, similar to Leed (Green Star rating) but they have also defined the Best Practice Guidelines for the Life Cycle of PVC Building Products, including PVC manufacturing criteria.
CONTRIBUTION TO GREEN STAR CERTIFICATION WITH PVC FLOORS RATED AS GREEN STAR MATERIAL.
In France, High Environmental Quality (HQE certification) is not a label nor a standard, it is a comprehensive approach to give the building the ability to fulfil the needs for “mastering its impacts on the outdoor environment and for creating a comfortableand healthy indoor environment." HQE takes into account 14 targets; 7 of them regard flooring:
The HQE approach is based on the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of the building which leads to the creation of an environmental data sheet FDES with both environmental and health datas.
Contribution to HQE certification: