West Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 03, 2014
Norix Furniture, a leading manufacturer of highly durable products made for continuous-use environments, is proud to announce it has received GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold certifications for virtually all of its products* after it was shown to meet the program’s chemical emissions criteria by UL Environment, the governing body for this globally recognized certification program.
“Our company cares deeply about our environmental footprint and we want to do whatever we can to contribute to healthier environments, which in turn contributes to better health for those people using these spaces,” said Norix Product Manager Brad Karl. “We are very proud to see that our efforts are indeed paying off and we look forward to using this certification as a catalyst for future efforts to be the most eco-conscience company we can be.”
Recognized throughout the world, UL Environment’s GREENGUARD Certification recognizes products with low chemical emissions, which can contribute to healthier indoor environments. In particular, GREENGUARD Certification can help manufacturers create products with low chemical emissions while also giving consumers the knowledge they need when looking for products that meet stringent emissions standards.
Representative samples of products that have achieved certifications through this program have been tested and certified to meet some of the world’s most rigorous, third-party chemical emissions standards — helping reduce indoor air pollution and the risk of chemical exposure while aiding in the creation of healthier indoor environments.
GREENGUARD Certification is the first voluntary North American product emissions certification created specifically for commercial building products. This certification verifies that products meet stringent chemical emission limits originally developed as purchasing specifications for building projects for the US Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Washington.
GREENGUARD Gold Certification includes safety factors to account for sensitive individuals (such as children and the elderly) and helps ensure that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities.
Certified products are compliant with stringent emission levels for over 360 VOCs, plus a limit on the total of all chemical emissions combined (TVOC). Products that have achieved GREENGUARD Gold Certification can qualify for Indoor Environmental Quality credits within the LEED Rating System. Office furniture products that are GREENGUARD Certified are also compliant with the BIFMA X7.1 standard and BIFMA e3 credit 7.6.1.
Visit norix.com to learn more about the company’s products.
*All Norix products have received certification except the Hilltop, Safehouse® and Sierra Series.
About Norix Furniture
For more than 30 years Norix has provided secure furnishings and fixtures for every application. The product line has expanded to include industries and environments such as corrections, behavioral healthcare, transportation, educational institutions, fire/police stations, commercial facilities and military installations. We surpass common durability by engineering for the most challenging environments to create robust furniture for every application. The privately held company is headquartered in West Chicago, IL with sales representatives and dealers throughout the U.S. In 2012, Norix launched Safe Environments, a news and information blog serving architects, designers, administrators, and facility managers involved in the design, construction, and operation of challenging environments. For more information, call 800-234-4900 or visit: http://www.norix.com.