Indoors air pollution levels are 2 to 5 times higher than those found outdoors. The largest source of this pollution is volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from building materials and furnishings. GREENGUARD Gold Certification (formerly known as GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification) offers stricter certification criteria, considers 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. It is referenced by both The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System.
Chemical Emissions Test
UL Environment uses advanced dynamic environmental chamber testing, as well as exposure modeling and analytical measurements, to test products and building materials for key pollutants with known or suspected irritant or more serious health impacts
Microbial Resistance Test
Developed to evaluate the potential for measuring mold resistant properties of materials used in building construction and manufactured for use in the built environment. Products are ranked for their resistance to environmental mold growth.
Chronic Reference Exposure Levels
The GREENGUARD Gold Certification requirements comply with the State of California’s Department for testing chemical emissions from building products used in schools and other environments.
Emission Controls for Educational Environments
This standard is designed to define low-emitting materials suitable for environments where people, particularly children and sensitive adults, spend extended periods of time, in particular schools and healthcare facilities.