GREENGUARD Indoor Air Guardian
GreenGuard Indoor Air Guardian


January/February 2011

When UL Environment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Underwriters Laboratories—the premier name in third-party product safety and testing—announced earlier this month that it had acquired the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute and its scientific partner, Air Quality Sciences, Inc. (AQS), the response was instant and, unsurprisingly, overwhelmingly positive.



Reference the GREENGUARD Product Guide for specific certified products.




Established in 1977, Innoplan is an ISO 9001-2008 Certified manufacturer of integrated office furniture, including system furniture, desk systems, seating, and storage solutions. Its high quality products feature high-grade materials, colors, modern technology, and innovative designs. For more information, visit



ProLine II

ProLine II offers a wide array of contemporary seating solutions for professional offices, conference areas and other contract applications. Big N Tall. PROGrid mesh back seating. Folding/nesting mobile chairs. Folding mesh seating. Classic-style executive seating with top grain leather and polished aluminum arms/bases. All are backed by Office Star’s industry-leading limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit




Designed and engineered for commercial environments, SPACEseating combines contemporary mesh styling with an extensive range of modern materials, features, functions, styles and comforts unlike any offering in the industry. Continual innovation and development provide solutions for any environment. Big N Tall with dual-mesh back. Drafting stools with mesh back. New self-adjusting seating with mesh back/seat options. All SPACE chairs are backed by an industry-leading limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit



Work Smart

Work Smart provides an intelligent choice for office and guest seating, drafting stools, multi-purpose folding chairs/tables and more. Ergonomic function is paramount with a wide range of mechanism options and many user-adjustments for comfort and convenience.  From plush-gathered leather executive chairs to sleek ergonomic selections in contemporary contract quality fabrics, Work Smart provides years of Office Star quality and value. For more information, visit








Arpa manufactures decorative high pressure laminates (HPL) for application in a number of fields such as interiors design, furniture, building construction, ship and railway interiors. Arpa has been manufacturing HPL since 1954. Its cooperation with several international research institutes allows Arpa to produce HPL laminates of the highest quality, both in terms of resistance and hygiene, in accordance to the international standards CEN 438 and ISO 4586. For more information, visit




Decotone Surfaces

Decotone Surfaces manufactures and distributes innovative decorative surfacing products, including metallic, translucent, wood veneer, aluminum, and specialty laminates, such as chalkboard and marker board. Each year, Decotone’s design team travels to South America, Europe, and Asia searching for new trends and new ideas; many of the company’s new designs are inspired by nature. For more information, visit


Gordon International

Gordon International, a premier source for upscale design solutions within the seating community for over 40 years, is proud to add Greenguard credentials to its range of eco-tools. For more information, visit




LOGIX Platinum Series is powered by millions of graphite infrared absorber and heat reflectors that reduce thermal conductivity. LOGIX is the leading Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) system in North America. With a superior R-value of up to R27 built into its DNA, LOGIX helps you create an airtight building envelope today for the quality of thermal performance that will be expected tomorrow. Only LOGIX offers choice of panel thickness, core thickness, foam type and web type. For more information, visit



MooreCo., Inc.

Located in Temple, Texas, MooreCo Inc. is the leader in the educational and commercial markets for visual communication products, technology support quipment and office furniture. With state of the art equipment, highly trained employees, and an excellent shipping history, MooreCo Inc. has established a solid reputation for quality and reliability. For more information, visit




Nemschoff products are successful because they are inspired by people: the patients, families and caregivers who use and rely on them. It’s been part of our philosophy for more than 40 years. It's the reason we spend so much time with our customers stepping into their worlds and understanding what they need. We spend time observing patients and caregivers. This real-world research combined with our craftsmanship and expertise helps us design the right solution for the right space. For more information, visit




Sebel has 60 years experience in researching and designing furniture. The Postura chair is a one piece fully injection moulded polypropylene chair using the latest in gas injection technology. Postura is ergonomically designed to promote good posture and provide exceptional comfort. A strong, durable lightweight stacker with a waterfall edge and lower back lumbar support. Suitable for all classrooms, halls, gymnasiums, cafeteria, lecture rooms and library and many other seating applications. For more information, visit


Steffy Wood Products, Inc.

Steffy Wood Products designs and manufactures wood products for the early childhood education industry. Our products are manufactured in the United States using only the highest quality wood raw materials available. Cabinets are designed and constructed using state of the art furniture manufacturing techniques that will provide the sturdiest, most durable type of cabinet construction available. Our products are finished using environmentally safe materials that provide a long lasting surface. For more information, visit




Stylam Industries Limited (formerly known as Golden Laminates Ltd.) manufactures award-winning industrial and advanced grade laminates in more than 600 designs, with various thicknesses and finishes, including gloss, matt, suede, and texture. Stylam is an ISO 9001:2000 Certified company. For more information, visit


Whitney Bros.

Founded in 1904, Whitney Brothers uses classic cabinetmaking techniques to design and manufacture safe, sturdy, and innovative wood furniture, storage systems, and educational products for early education schools, childcare centers, and private homes. Whitney Brothers products are proudly made in the U.S., are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified and GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified, backed by a 10-year warranty, and sold through educational distributors and dealers throughout North America. Visit us at:


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The U.S. Army announced recently that it has adopted certain requirements of ASHRAE 189.1, the green building standard developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), as the baseline for its sustainable design and development policy.

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In response to California’s new green building code, CALGREEN, which went into effect January 1, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) is now requiring that project teams pursuing CHPS certification in California use low-emitting products. Previously, use of low-emitting materials was optional, while low-VOC content was required. The modification to the CHPS criteria acts as a safeguard against indoor air pollution in schools caused by product off-gassing.

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The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute and the National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA) have formed a strategic partnership to promote the manufacture and third-party certification of sustainable, low-emitting products for educational facilities.

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In light of California’s enforcement January 1 of CALGREEN, the first mandatory green buildings standards code, the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute has enhanced its product guide to allow users to search for compliant low pollutant-emitting materials.

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LEED Accredited Professionals and LEED Green Associates can now earn continuing education hours through the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute’s continuing education unit, Design to Prevent the Damaging Effects of Mold, which was recently accredited by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

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Christopher J. Green, AIA, LEED® AP
2010 Chair Codes and Standards Committee at AIA

In July 2009, the International Code Council (ICC), with The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and The American Society for the Testing of Materials (ASTM) as its strategic partners, embarked on an ambitious process to develop the first sustainability code of its kind in the country—the “International Green Construction Code (IGCC).” The initial drafting committee was comprised of 28 representatives from around the U.S., including architects, building officials, and professional organizations, including the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the American Society for Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). This code was developed specifically as an overlay code to complement the existing I-code family (IBC, IECC, etc.). The IGCC has been through one round of public hearings and will be subject to a second round this spring, with final adoption hearings by the ICC in the fall. Final publication is expected in 2012, whereupon each state or local jurisdictions must adopt the code for it to be enforceable. Jurisdictions that adopt the IGCC—and, remember, it is a code, not a rating system—set the de facto standard for the baseline minimum of sustainable development for all commercial structures in their communities.

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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
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.

Atlanta Home Improvement
A Deeper Shade of Green: Forecasting the Future of Home Improvement

Traditional Home Magazine
Green Space: Bath Vanity

Floor Covering News
Green movement shows no signs of slowing down
Take a Pledge for Healthy LEED Buildings

GreenSource Magazine
The New 3 Rs for Schools: Retrofit, Renew, Recycle

KIWI Magazine
Big Bundle of Joy!

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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