FloorScore’s requirements, Freeman notes.
Products are also tested in a simulated
office or classroom for concentration
levels. This method takes into account
ventilation rates as schools and corporate
settings have different air exchange needs.
Why Should You Care?
As more states and municipalities adopt
air quality standards, it’s wise to nip IAQ
problems in the bud before they bloom
into sick building syndrome. In fact, the
National Institute for Occupational Safety
and Health (NIOSH) found that 16% of IAQ
problems are attributed to contamination
from inside a building, building fabric is
responsible for another 4%, and unknown
sources account for 13%. The best
approach is to prevent products that emit
high VOCs from entering your facility in
the first place.
“There’s so much evidence that shows
the negative impacts of sick building
syndrome, from decreased employee productivity to diminished occupant health,”
“According to the EPA, indoor air pollut-
ants can be two to five times greater than
those outdoors. With Americans spending
approximately 90% of their time inside –
including 40 to 50 hours a week at work –
it’s critical that we focus on creating
building materials that improve indoor
air quality,” adds Philip Ivey, Strategic
Sustainability Leader for Milliken’s Global
Floor Covering Division. “Building owners
and facility managers have the power to
improve this air quality statistic for their
associates. Selecting flooring that bears
the FloorScore logo means that you are
specifying a product that will improve
instead of hinder the overall quality of
Certified products will also help you
earn points or credits when striving for an
environmental rating. The program is rec-
ognized by LEED, CHPS, ASHRAE Standard
189.1, EPA Tools for Schools and the Green
Guide for Health Care.
Unlike other ecolabels, FloorScore
also requires annual recertification, says
Freeman. Facility managers can be confident that a product’s low VOC status is
Jennie Morton jennie.morton@buildings.
com is Senior Editor of BUILDINGS.
CHEMICALS OF CONCERN
Not sure which ingredients are considered VOCs? These individual chemicals found in resilient flooring may cause health issues. These compounds range from potential car-
cinogens and endocrine disruptors to molecules that
CHLOROFORM METHYLENE CHLORIDE
VINYL ACETATE TETRACHLOROETHYLENE OR TRICHLOROETHYLENE
PHTHALATES ISOPHORONE OR ISOPROPANOL
BENZENE PROPYLENE GLYCOL MONOMETHYL ETHER
DIOXANE ETHYLENE GLYCOLS
trigger respiratory and neurological damage.
FloorScore ensures that 35 separate chemicals do
not exceed the total VOC limits as outlined in the
California Section 01350 standard. Here are a handful of
offenders that are screened.