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What is FloorScore Certified?
Every CALI hardwood, vinyl, and GeoWood floor is FloorScore certified. FloorScore is the most recognized indoor air quality (IAQ) certification standard for hard surface flooring materials, adhesives, and underlayments. It was developed by SCS (Scientific Certification Systems), a third party certifier, with the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), a leading industry trade association of flooring manufacturers and suppliers.
This voluntary, independent certification program tests and measures risks to indoor air quality. To do this, SCS does the following:
- Works with the manufacturer to identify appropriate samples for testing
- Reviews VOC emission test reports generated by independent testing laboratories
- Determines if the test results meet the California Section 01350 requirements for individual VOCs of concern
- Inspects manufacturing plants to review product formulas, processing, and quality control in order to determine how the FloorScore seal may be used
What it tests for:
- Formaldehyde – The tested product must emit less than or equal to 16.5 µg/m3
- Acetaldehyde – The tested product must emit less than or equal to 9 µg/m3
- All other organic chemicals with established CRELs (Chronic Reference Exposure Levels) – The tested product must emit less than or equal to 1/2 the CREL as listed in the latest edition of the Cal/EPA OEHHA list of chemicals with non-cancer CRELs.
So what does this mean for you, the customer?
Most of us spend as much as 90% of our lives indoors. (Yikes.) If you’re breathing poor quality air, you could risk facing a variety of health problems, including headaches, dizziness, and more serious long-term conditions. Installing FloorScore certified low VOC flooring means you’re making the healthier choice for your home and family.
If you’re a builder, working with FloorScore certified materials can also help you qualify for a variety of green building specifications like LEED, BREEAM, WELL Building Standard, and more.
See FloorScore certifications for each CALI flooring collection
Each CALI collection has its own specific FloorScore certification. To view the document, select any floor and scroll down to view the Specs on its product page. Green certification information for Cali products can be seen here.