(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 through manufacturing, use and end-of-life management. Both certification programs were subjected to a rigorous, year-long review under the EPA Guidelines Pilot Assessment program before being approved in the newly released guidelines.
The Recommendations of Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing are in response to U.S. Executive Order 13693 “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.” The Executive Order promotes sustainable acquisition and procurement of products and services by federal agencies and directs the EPA to provide federal purchasers with guidelines to use in identifying these products and services. As part of the new guidelines, the EPA is now advising federal agencies to purchase resilient flooring products that are certified to FloorScore® and NSF/ANSI 332.
For information on FloorScore® , NSF/ANSI 332 and resilient flooring sustainability, visit rfci.com.
The Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) is an industry trade association of leading resilient flooring manufacturers and suppliers of raw materials, additives, and flooring accessories for the North American market. The association has led the development of leading-edge sustainability tools such as Product Transparency Declarations and Environmental Product Declarations and certifications such as NSF/ANSI 332 and FloorScore®. These programs have helped keep resilient flooring at the forefront of sustainability developments. The tools and certifications provide transparency to product ingredients and environmental impacts, while ensuring that information is factual, comparable and based on established scientific practices.