The products that we use to build and furnish our indoor environments can have a significant impact on indoor air pollution levels. Products that have achieved GREENGUARD Certification are scientifically proven 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.
The GREENGUARD Certification Program has established test methods and emission limits for product groups:
- Building Materials, Furniture, and Furnishings
- Electronic Equipment
- Cleaning and Maintenance Products
- Medical Devices for Breathing Gas Pathways
Building Products and Furnishings
Two tiers of certification are available: GREENGUARD Certification and GREENGUARD Gold Certification. All certified products are subject to a review of the manufacturing process and routine testing to ensure minimal impact on the indoor environment.
GREENGUARD Certification emissions limits were first used as purchasing specifications for the US EPA and the State of Washington for furniture and commercial building products. GREENGUARD Certification criteria have been the basis for the LEED credit for low-emitting furniture since 2002. Office furniture products that are GREENGUARD Certified are also compliant with the BIFMA X7.1 standard and BIFMA e3 credit 7.6.1.
GREENGUARD Gold Certification
The GREENGUARD Gold Certification standard includes health based criteria for additional chemicals and also requires lower total VOC emissions levels to ensure that products are acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. In addition to limiting emissions of more than 360 VOCs and total chemical emissions, GREENGUARD Gold Certified products must also comply with requirements of the State of California’s Department of Public Health (CDPH) “Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers, Version 1.1 (2010)” (also known as California Section 01350). Office Furniture products that are GREENGUARD Gold Certified are also compliant with the BIFMA X7.1 standard and BIFMA e3 credits 7.6.1, 7.6.2, and 7.6.3.
A summary of the allowable emission limits for GREENGUARD Certification and GREENGUARD Gold Certification can be found here.
The complete UL GREENGUARD Standard and Test Method for Building Materials, Furniture, and Furnishings are available for free on UL’s standards site, COMM2000. The links below will take you to an external website where the documents can be downloaded.
The complete UL GREENGUARD Standard and Test Method for Electronic Equipment are available for free on COMM2000. The links below will take you to an external website where the documents can be downloaded.
Medical Devices for Breathing Gas Pathways
UL GREENGUARD Certification for Medical Devices includes testing for VOCs, particulates, and leachables in condensate, as well as a complete risk assessment that models expected exposure during use. This certification standard was developed to be compliant with the ISO 18562 (Biocompatibility Evaluation of Breathing Gas Pathways in Healthcare Applications) series of standards.
The ISO 18562 standard upon which the certification program is based is available from ISO:
Cleaning and Maintenance Products
The complete UL GREENGUARD Standard and Test Method for Cleaning and Maintenance Products are available for free on COMM2000. The links below will take you to an external website where the documents can be downloaded.