GREENGUARD Indoor Air Guardian
GreenGuard Indoor Air Guardian


September 2010

With back-to-school in full swing, once again we are reminded of the importance of creating and maintaining green, healthier schools.
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Here is an overview of three green school building programs and how they strive to improve IAQ.
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Reference the GREENGUARD Product GuideSM for specific certified products.





ADI - Art Design International
Founded in 1986, ADI has become an expert in the design and manufacture of chairs featuring innovative ergonomic features.  The patented suspension system, which uses a braided polyethylene belt over steel tubing, has allowed ADI to manufacture a seat solution that not only meets GREENGUARD’s chemical emissions standards, but also allows fabrics to be replaced.  The ADI team of engineers, employees, and customer service personnel produces 15 series of chairs destined for the North American commercial and institutional markets.  ADI is a certified ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 facility and will continue to engineer state-of-the-art products and services. For more information, visit






  Choice Brands Adhesives
Choice Brands Adhesives of Cincinnati, Ohio is pleased to announce that a number of products have recently achieved GREENGUARD Certification. These products include water-based adhesives, as well as low-VOC solvent-based contacts and canister adhesives. Choice Brands promotes these products in the woodworking market under the brand names Formica, Hybond, Permagrip, and Bondrite. GREENGUARD Certification allows Choice Brands to offer its customers a robust low-emitting product portfolio. Choice Brands was formed in February 2010. For more information, visit





Daejin DSP Co., Ltd
Daejin DSP Co. is a leading company of specialized architectural stainless steel products, including automatic sliding doors, swing doors, handrails, titanium-colored stainless steel sheets, and etching stainless steel pipe. Daejin employs cutting-edge high-vacuum technology to manufacture its products. For more information, visit


Gray Flex Systems, Inc.
Gray Flex Systems offers a complete line of insulated and specialty air duct and air distribution products. All manufactured items are made from premium grade raw materials and automation techniques are designed with zero tolerance precision control to ensure consistent, interchangeable ductwork. For more information, visit


Swan Corporation
For more than 40 years, Swan Corporation has been creating innovative and affordable solid surface products and materials for customers all over the world. Its product line includes a wide variety of kitchen sinks, countertops, tub and shower walls, and more Known for their superior impact strength, heat resistance, and ability to resist scratches and stains, Swan’s products provide consumers with elegant and durable solid surface materials that are also affordable. For more information, visit


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Over 1,500 public comments were heard during last month’s Public Comment Hearing for the first public version of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).
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Taxpayers in the State of Washington will vote this November on a groundbreaking new plan to finance “green” retrofits to public school buildings.
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The MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta will sponsor Bringing Intelligence to the Electric Grid, an interactive panel discussion on Oct. 13 focusing on ‘Smart Grid’ integrated energy and technology infrastructure.
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As part of its campaign to engage the public via social media, the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute is pleased to announce the launch of its first-ever blog, Certifiably Green.
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In honor of the recent launch of the GREENGUARD Asia-Pacific headquarters, dozens of Chinese dignitaries, government officials, architects, designers, manufacturers, and members of the media gathered last month at the Ritz-Carlton, Beijing for a grand opening celebration.
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Healthy Child Healthy World unveiled this month Healthy Home 2010—an upscale, newly-constructed green home in a northern suburb of Chicago that aims to bridge the gap between sustainable, healthy living and high design.
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The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute will present Low-Emitting Products and the Indoor Environment, a webinar addressing indoor air quality and product specification, at 2 p.m. EDT on Oct. 13 as part of The Green Roundtable/NEXUS.
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GREENGUARD Certified Mattresses: Nurturing Naturepedic® From Its Infancy

GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified Insulation: Enveloping Healthier Interiors

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Brian Englert, Ph.D., Manager of Sciences & Standards, GREENGUARD Environmental Institute

Brian Englert brings over a decade of experience in environmental science to the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute. He comes to Atlanta from Washington, D.C., where he served as a scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for over four years. In that role, he worked on issues related to the Code of Federal Regulations, managed laboratory studies, and helped develop test methods for use in real-world scenarios. Today, Brian oversees all of GREENGUARD’s technical programs, including standard development.

He can be reached at


Good indoor air quality is one of the most important attributes of a healthy, successful school. This is because of the tremendous impact that indoor air quality can have on students’ health, comfort, and productivity.
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The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute is proud to be a recognized USGBC Education Provider and provides numerous accredited Continuing Education Courses related to indoor air quality principles, including the following:

Making the Grade: Healthy Schools Nurturing Healthy Kids (New!)
Credits: AIA (1LU), IDCEC (0.1 CEU), USGBC

Clearing the Air on Sustainability: Why Good Indoor Air Quality Matters
Credits: AIA (1LU), USGBC

Indoor Air Quality and Healing Environments
Credits: AIA (1LU), IDCEC (0.1 CEU), USGBC

Healthy Indoor Air by Design
Credits: AIA (1LU), IDCEC (0.1 CEU), CSI (1-ECH), USGBC

Design to Prevent the Damaging Effects of Mold
Credits: AIA (1LU), CSI (1-ECH)

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The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute serves as a resource for publications and media outlets, providing information on various topics that relate to product emissions and indoor air quality. The following are recent articles and features.

DECO Magazine
Indoor Air Quality: The Lowdown on Low-Emitting Paints Magazine
Improving Your School’s Indoor Air Quality
The ABCs of IAQ

KIWI Magazine
Daycares Going Green

ED+C Magazine
Are Greener Spaces Healthier Places?

ED+C Magazine
People, Not Points

ED+C Magazine
Proof Positive

ED+C Magazine
Roundtable Talk
Tell Me More

ED+C Magazine Podcast
Indoor Air Quality: Product Testing and Certification

To read these and past articles, visit the Press Room/Articles under the 'About GEI' tab on the GEI website. Read More...

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