What does GREENGUARD Gold Certification mean for you?

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Cutting through the confusion to give you the best indoor air quality possible.

The EPA states most everyday chemical exposure in our lives comes from the air we breathe in our homes, offices, schools, and stores.  These airborne chemicals are commonly referred to as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are used to manufacture and maintain building materials and interior furnishings.  There can be hundreds of individual VOCs in our indoor air at any one time!  Fortunately, consumers have many new product options to lower their exposure to VOCs and improve their indoor air quality. 

But how do you sift through the noise to make a good choice? There are many big claims and a lot of confusion about what counts as “green” in the building products industry. Unfortunately, some manufacturers make misleading claims, and some even use certifications that appear to be official but are weak or even outright phony.

The good news is, many great manufacturers take the time to certify their products with truly stringent, international standards.  Smart consumers can quickly identify companies that use well-known, independent, certified standards to make good decisions for their indoor air quality.

GREENGUARD certification standards are among the most rigorous in the world, so you can be confident that these certified products live up to their claims. GREENGUARD certified products have been tested for over 10,000 chemicals, over 360 VOCs, and deemed low-emitting by an independent, 3rd party certification organization, Underwriters Laboratories.  UL is a trusted, global testing organization.  You have seen their logo many times, and there are probably UL listed products in the room you are reading this in!

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GREENGUARD Gold Certification goes a step further to include testing for additional chemicals, lowering total VOCs, ensuring that products are acceptable for schools and healthcare facilities, and compliance with California’s Department of Public Health requirements.

In wood products like Viridian’s, the type of finish used has the biggest impact on indoor air quality. You will be happy to know our table finish is GREENGUARD Gold certified!  That means you can feel confident that our walls, tables, desks, and other products meet the highest standards for indoor air quality.

As a bonus, our paneling finish is also 100% VOC free, and our engineered flooring/paneling is Floorscore Certified.  Floorscore’s total VOC limit is the same as GREENGUARD, but the certification is for hard surface flooring and adhesives only.

In addition to being GREENGUARD GOLD certified, Viridian’s finishes are ECOLAB tested to be compatible with front of house cleaning products and meet ANSI/KCMA A161.1 standards for bleach water, wine, citrus, and abrasion resistance.  So, you can breathe freely as well as know that our ultra-durable finishes are built to last.

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In summary:

  • Choosing GREENGUARD Gold products help create a healthier indoor environment for your home, office, or institution.
  • GREENGUARD Certification is industry-independent, globally recognized by LEED and other green building programs, and meet strict building codes.
  • In wood products like Viridians, the finish used has the biggest impact on indoor air quality.
  • Viridian’s finishes are GREENGUARD certified and meet ANSI/KCMA A161.1 standards for durability.