“These certifications reinforce our commitment to producing quality products that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also help set an industry standard of sustainability and ongoing health and safety,” said Diana Ohl.
Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) May 10, 2012
Saint-Gobain has achieved GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality and GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification for its Grenite® series of engineered stone surfaces. In order to become GREENGUARD Certified, the entire Grenite line met stringent certification requirements for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
“These certifications reinforce our commitment to producing quality products that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also help set an industry standard of sustainability and ongoing health and safety,” said Diana Ohl, product manager engineered stone at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. “By meeting the strict standards provided by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, specifying Grenite for commercial and institutional applications such as offices, educational and healthcare facilities becomes an even easier choice.”
Founded in 2001, the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute is the world’s leading third-party guide to low-emitting home and office products and building materials. The GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification ProgramSM recognizes products that meet strict chemical emissions limits, which helps create healthier indoor environments. Offering even stricter qualification criteria, GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification validates low-emitting products used in environments where children and other sensitive populations spend an extensive amount of time.
With one of the highest abrasion resistance of all countertop materials, Grenite is ideal for high-traffic horizontal and vertical applications in the retail, hospitality, banking, education, healthcare, entertainment and restaurant industries. Manufactured entirely in the United States, Grenite is also flame-retardant, NSF 51 certified, non-porous, durable and easy to install.
Grenite is a sustainable alternative to materials such as laminates, solid surfaces, quartz and granite. It features the highest post-consumer recycled content currently available in the market — up to 85 percent — and is eligible for LEED® points through the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
The Grenite series will be on display at the 2012 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition, May 17-19, at Booth #3339.
For more information about Saint-Gobain’s Engineered Stone, visit http://www.engineeredstone.saint-gobain.com, email engineeredstone(at)saint-gobain(dot)com or call 330-298-3964.
About the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI)
The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, part of the UL Global Network, aims to protect human health and enhance quality of life by improving indoor air quality and reducing chemical exposure. As an ISO-IEC Guide 65:1996 accredited, third-party organization, the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute certifies products and materials for low chemical emissions and serves as a resource for choosing healthier products and materials for indoor environments. All certified products must meet stringent chemical emissions standards based on established criteria from key public health agencies. GREENGUARD Certification is broadly recognized and accepted by sustainable building programs and building codes worldwide. For more information and a complete listing of certified products, visit http://www.greenguard.org.
About Saint-Gobain in North America
Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, has its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As the world leader in sustainable habitat, Saint-Gobain is committed to inventing solutions to help professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable, healthy, economical and energy-efficient buildings. The company has more than 265 locations in North America and approximately 19,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.7 billion in 2011.
Saint-Gobain’s family of companies in North America includes CertainTeed Corporation, as well as Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Saint-Gobain ADFORS, Vetrotech Saint-Gobain North America, Saint-Gobain Glass, Saint-Gobain Solar and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics.
Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Saint-Gobain earned the 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. For information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit http://www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com.
About Saint-Gobain Worldwide
Saint-Gobain (SGO:FR), headquartered in Paris, is the world leader in habitat markets – providing innovative solutions to meet today’s challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2011 sales of $56 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has nearly 190,000 employees. For more information about Saint-Gobain, please visit http://www.saint-gobain.com.
Grenite® is a registered mark of Grenite Sustainable Solutions (GSS). GSS is a privately held development and custom manufacturing company focusing on the creation of sustainable composite materials for use in the building, retail, theatrical/thematic, and general commercial and residential markets. With domestic and international marketing capacity, GSS provides products and services to many of the largest companies in the U.S. The company is headquartered in Metuchen, New Jersey, with R&D and custom molded manufacturing facilities in Los Angeles and sales offices worldwide. For additional information visit http://www.grenite.com.