INDOOR AIR QUALITY
FloorScore, developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) in conjunction with Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), tests and certifies hard surface flooring and flooring adhesive products for compliance with rigorous indoor air quality emissions requirements. Individual volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are evaluated using health-based specifications. Flooring and adhesives that earn FloorScore certification earn a legitimately enhanced market position, distinguished by the FloorScore certification label.
Products bearing the FloorScore label meet the indoor air emissions criteria of:
Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
LEED® Green Building Rating Systems
Green Guide for Health Care
The U.S. Green Building Council approved FloorScore-certified products as an alternative compliance path to LEED credit EQ 4.3 Low-Emitting Materials: Carpet Systems in October, 2006. FloorScore tests to the CA Section 01350 Specification, which includes the Chronic Reference Exposure Levels (CRELs) concentrations established by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and procedures developed by the US EPA. Assuming that other products in an office or classroom may be sources of VOCs, FloorScore certifies hard flooring products that do not exceed one-half the allowable concentration limits.