Press Releases

EPA Recommends Specifying Resilient Flooring with FloorScore & NSF 332

(LaGrange, GA – January 18, 2017) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its Recommendations of Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing, and included FloorScore® and NSF/ANSI 332 on the list of recommended sustainable certifications for resilient flooring.  These guidelines are intended to help federal purchasers identify and procure environmentally sustainable products and services FloorScore®, which is administered by SCS Global Services and the Resilient Floor Covering Institute, tests and certifies hard surface flooring for compliance with indoor air quality emission requirements.  The NSF/ANSI 332 Sustainability Assessment Standard for Resilient Flooring is a multi-attribute, third-party certification that evaluates criteria across the product’s life cycle, from raw material extraction […]

By |February 8th, 2017|Press Releases|Comments Off on EPA Recommends Specifying Resilient Flooring with FloorScore & NSF 332

California Agency Issues Safe Use Determination under Prop 65 for Vinyl Flooring Containing DINP Plasticizer

July 6, 2016 – LaGrange, GA – The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued a Safe Use Determination (SUD) under Prop 65 for diisononyl phthalate (DINP) exposures to building residents and occupants from vinyl flooring products containing 18.9% DINP by weight or less. The finding is based on OEHHA’s determination that exposure of building residents and occupants to DINP from these vinyl flooring products does not exceed the DINP “safe harbor level” for protecting health. Thus, a Prop 65 consumer warning for the qualifying products is not required. DINP has been used as a plasticizer in many products to make them flexible, including some vinyl […]

By |July 11th, 2016|Press Releases|Comments Off on California Agency Issues Safe Use Determination under Prop 65 for Vinyl Flooring Containing DINP Plasticizer


Dalton,Ga. (September 9,2015) – IVC US is pleased to announce that beginning January 4, 2016, Shnier will join its network of distributors to service Western Canada.

Shnier will carry the full line of IVC US’s Flexitec® fiberglass sheet vinyl collection. Shnier’s Canadian provincial territories include British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon Territory, and the Northwest Territories.

“Shnier’s mission of being a Step Ahead has created a culture of pride throughout their organization,” said Jim Chepalis, Director of Distribution and Strategic Accounts, IVC US. “Their innovative retail programs and outstanding logistics make Shnier a great partner.”

Founded in 1938, Shnier has grown to become a dominate force in the Canadian floor covering industry […]

By |September 22nd, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on SHNIER OF CANADA PARTNERS WITH IVC US

Metroflor Celebrates Grand Opening Innovation & Design Center

CALHOUN, GEORGIA, July 28th — Halstead International and Metroflor Corp. in Calhoun, Georgia, received the prestigious GREEN GLOBES® Certification for its Innovation & Design Center. To celebrate, the company held a grand opening celebration for the facility the third in Georgia and the first in Calhoun to have earned that distinction. Harlan Stone, CEO and president of Halstead International, was joined by Russ Rogg, President & CEO, Metroflor Corp. at the ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, July 28th. Joining company staff were representatives from the company’s independent distributor network.

Green Globes is a highly respected organization that is pioneering best practice in sustainable design, construction and operations. Green Globes motivation is […]

By |August 10th, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on Metroflor Celebrates Grand Opening Innovation & Design Center

FloorScore BREEAM Release approved by SCS & BREEAM

BREEAM Cites FloorScore®
Certification Program for Indoor Air Quality

BREEAM, one of the world’s foremost environmental assessment programs for buildings, has cited FloorScore® certified flooring products as eligible for credits under BREEAM’s indoor air quality requirements. FloorScore, a voluntary, independent certification program, tests vinyl (including LVT and VCT), linoleum, laminate, wood, ceramic and rubber flooring and certifies that they meet the emissions requirements of California Section 01350.

The FloorScore program is administered by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute, a nonprofit industry organization representing more than 95% of resilient flooring marketed in North America. The certification standard for FloorScore was developed by SCS Global Services a leader in third-party sustainability certification, auditing, testing […]

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METROFLOR Introduces new spring 2015 products

NORWALK, CT, March 12 – Metroflor introduced their Spring 2015 new product roster during Surfaces: from line extensions for its Engage line of LVT with the new UniFit Locking System and the Metroflor-branded dryback collection, to the revitalized Aspire Groutable Tile featuring an array of 18 new and striking designs, styles and sizes.


Reserve Timber is Metroflor’s latest offering in the Engage Collection. At 60 inches long and over 8 1/2 inches wide, Reserve Timber is the largest plank in the Engage Collection and one of the most visually impressive products in the LVT category. In addition to its oversize format, Timber is built to perform. Consisting of […]

By |March 16th, 2015|Press Releases|Comments Off on METROFLOR Introduces new spring 2015 products

GBI Launches New Version of Green Globes® Building Certification Program Based on an ANSI Standard

The Green Building Initiative today announced the release of the most significant update to the Green Globes for New Construction (NC) program since it first became available in the U.S. in 2006. Green Globes is a web-based program for green building guidance and certification that includes an on-site assessment by a certified third party sustainability expert. The new release is based on the ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings.

Green Globes NC contains major enhancements throughout including leading edge approaches within the criteria for the Energy and Materials & Resources sections. Another enhancement is the ability to measure all the requirements for federal government agencies to meet […]

RFCI Media Newsletter January 2012

RFCI January 2012 Media Newsletter

By |February 17th, 2012|Press Releases|356 Comments

Armstrong Wins Prestigious Good Design Award

Armstrong Wins Prestigious GOOD DESIGN® AWARD
Armstrong Marmorette Linoleum Recognized as One of the Year’s Best Designs
LANCASTER, PA – Armstrong Commercial Flooring has been honored with a coveted 2011 GOOD DESIGN® Award for its newly refreshed MARMORETTE® linoleum flooring line with Continuum™.

GOOD DESIGN is referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of industrial design. It dates back to 1950 and is now one of the world’s largest and most distinguished design competitions. The program honors visionary and innovative product concepts, invention and originality, and recognizes designers for stretching the envelope beyond what is considered ordinary product and consumer design. It is presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design in […]

By |February 14th, 2012|Press Releases|440 Comments

Armstrong Brings More Innovation and Environmental Sustainability to Premium Tile

Designing for the Future:

ARMSTRONG BRINGS MORE innovation and environmental sustainability TO PREMIUM TILE

Armstrong Commercial Flooring launches STRIATIONS™, its next generation of non-PVC, Biobased Tile® (BBT), along with two new premium tiles with enhanced environmental and performance features – RAFFIA™ and CHROMASPIN™, in beautiful designs that combine aesthetics, function and value.

The Armstrong design studio has assembled a rich and diverse mix, including tactile effects, different size formats and attractive colors. A true breakthrough in resilient tile design, the new collections mingle traditional and original visuals to breathe new life into the commercial flooring sector.

These contemporary, stylish floor coverings are both ecologically sound and economical. Armstrong’s new STRIATIONS BBT will change the […]

By |February 13th, 2012|Press Releases|608 Comments