Indoor Air Quality / Low Chemical Emissions – GREENGUARD Certification
What is GREENGUARD Certification?
Simply put, GREENGUARD Certification ensures that a product has
met some of the world’s most rigorous and omprehensive standards
for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air.
GREENGUARD Certification helps identify healthier products. As the
demand for healthier, more sustainable products continues to expand,
consumers and building industry professionals increasingly demand
substantiation of product sustainability claims and rely on trustworthy
third-party certifiers to guide purchasing and specification decisions.
GREENGUARD Certification provides the market with solutions and
resources to identify products with lower chemical emissions, and
provides manufacturers with credible tools to legitimize and promote
their sustainability efforts
Why is indoor air quality important?
People spend about 90% of their time indoors, where air can be 2-5
times more polluted than outdoor air. Products can release thousands
of potentially harmful chemicals (VOCs or volatile organic compounds)
into the indoor environment. Once airborne, VOCs can easily be
inhaled by building occupants. Poor indoor air quality can trigger a
number of health problems, including asthma and allergy attacks,
headaches and flu-like symptoms.
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is closely tied to health, and is therefore
recognized as an important concern in homes, schools, healthcare
environments and commercial spaces. Volatile organic compound
(VOC) emissions from building materials and furnishings is a
major source of indoor air pollution. GREENGUARD Certification
has been widely adopted as a trusted standard for low-emitting
products. In fact, more than 400 green building codes, standards,
guidelines, procurement policies, and rating systems give credit for
GREENGUARD Certified products.
What are the certification types?
GREENGUARD Certification is the 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 originally developed as
purchasing specifications for building projects for the U.S. EPA and the
State of Washington. Products with GREENGUARD Certification are
compliant with stringent emission levels for more than 360 VOCs, plus
a limit on the total of all chemical emissions combined (TVOC).
The GREENGUARD Gold standard includes safety factors to account
for sensitive individuals (such as children and the elderly) and ensures
that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools
and healthcare 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’s 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).
Which Phifer products are GREENGUARD
SheerWeave® interior shading fabrics; SunTex®, SunScreen®, Super
Solar Screening, Super Solar Screening+, and Solar Insect Screening
exterior shading fabrics; Phifertex® outdoor furniture fabrics and
GeoBella® cushion fabrics; and BetterVue®, UltraVue®, PetScreen®,
TuffScreen®, 18x14 Pool and Patio Insect Screen, and 20x20 No-SeeUms Insect Screen products are GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD
Gold Certified. For the most current list of products and certifications,
please contact your Phifer customer service representative.