Verifications Available from GEI
This service helps manufacturers more clearly communicate their products’ formaldehyde emissions and content criteria to the marketplace. Classified as a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s National Toxicology Program, formaldehyde is one of thousands of hazardous and potentially hazardous chemicals that can off-gas from interior products. However, growing public awareness about formaldehyde’s health impacts has created a market need for fool-proof identification of products that neither contain nor emit it. Participation in the GREENGUARD Certification ProgramSM is a prerequisite of the formaldehyde free verification.
To view the requirements for the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute’s formaldehyde free verification, click here.
AgBB+, is a verification program that can be used in conjunction with participation in the GREENGUARD Certification ProgramSM. This verification demonstrates compliance with the emissions criteria of the German AgBB protocol ―Health-related Evaluation Procedure for Volatile Organic Compounds Emissions (VOC and SVOC) from Building Products.
To view the requirements for AgBB+, click here.
UL Environment Environmental Claims Validations Available Through GEI
Recycled Content Claim Validation
This Environmental Claims Validation (ECV) service will allow manufacturers to verify—and, most importantly, communicate to the marketplace—that their products contain a quantifiable amount of recycled content and, as such, help limit raw material extraction and reduce landfill waste. It will also enable products to qualify for LEED® points under Pilot Credit 43: MR – Certified Products, ensuring increased visibility among key specifiers and driving higher marketplace demand for those products. This ECV service is made possible through our partnership with UL Environment.
Low VOC Content Claim Validation
This Environmental Claims Validation (ECV) service will allow manufacturers to verify and communicate that their products do not contain high concentrations of VOCs—an attribute that’s different from VOC emissions, but still environmentally important. Products with high VOC content are known to chemically react with sunlight and nitrogen oxides in the air to produce ground-level ozone, a major contributor to smog and outdoor air pollution.
Products that achieve an ECV for VOC Content can contribute to LEED® points under Indoor Environmental Quality Credit 4 (LEED v.3). They can also satisfy the requirements of multiple sustainable building codes and standards, such as the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ASHRAE 189.1, and CALGreen. This ECV service is made possible through our partnership with UL Environment.