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FloorScore: A Guide for Healthier Resilient Floors

By HHI Staff

FloorScore, developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) and Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), tests and certifies hard surface flooring and flooring adhesive products for compliance with indoor air quality (IAQ) emissions targets. Individual volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are evaluated using health-based criteria. Flooring and adhesives that earn FloorScore certification may display the FloorScore certification label.


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Products bearing the FloorScore label meet the IAQ 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 for compliance with LEED credit EQ 4.3 Low-Emitting Materials: Carpet Systems in October, 2006.

FloorScore meets 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.


Under the FloorScore program, manufacturers submit a written quality control plan, which includes requirements for supply chain management. This process encourages the identification of chemical sources, helping manufacturers to select better, healthier materials. By using materials with low concentrations of the target VOCs, manufacturers can help their products meet the criteria for certification under FloorScore.


Source: Scientific Certifications Systems 


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FloorScore: A Guide for Healthier Resilient Floors:  Created on November 13th, 2007.  Last Modified on December 6th, 2009


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