07 April 2014
ROCKFON stone wool acoustic ceiling solutions earn GREENGUARD Gold Certification for low-emitting products
Chicago (March 2014)—ROCKFON®’s extensive North American portfolio of stone wool acoustic ceiling solutions has earned UL® Environment’s GREENGUARD Gold Certification for low-emitting products.
GREENGUARD is an internationally recognized product emissions certification and labeling program for manufacturers of low-emitting indoor products, furnishings and materials. Receiving certification confirms these products meet the stringent GREENGUARD Gold emission standards, contributing to healthier and safer interiors.
To achieve certification, ROCKFON voluntarily submitted its North American stone wool product line of suspended and monolithic ceilings, clouds and baffles to a series of rigorous tests as determined by UL Environment. During the strict manufacturing review, product samples from ROCKFON’s ceilings were selected for profile study testing as well as comprehensive certification testing.
“Fulfilling the GREENGUARD Gold Certification’s health-based criteria secures that ROCKFON’s North American portfolio helps create healthy and safe indoor environments in important facilities such as schools and hospitals,” said Cory Nevins, ROCKFON’s director of marketing for North America. “GREENGUARD Gold Certification provides customers with further assurance that our products have met stringent emissions limits, which contribute to sustainable indoor environments. This fulfills the low emission requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® v4, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools’ Criteria (CHPS) for low-emitting materials and other green guidelines.”
“People spend most of their time indoors, making it critical that materials brought inside emit the fewest possible pollutants,” said Sara Greenstein, president of UL Environment. “We are pleased to award ROCKFON’s ceiling panels with our highest certification for low chemical emissions, recognizing its efforts to make its products healthier for people in the indoor environment.”
GREENGUARD Gold Certification is only given to products that are compliant with the certification requirements, which among others, include stringent limits on emissions of more than 360 volatile organic compounds (VOCs). GREENGUARD Certification emission criteria incorporate health-based emissions requirements as denoted among others by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of California Department of Public Health’s Section 01350. More than 400 green building codes, standards, guidelines, procurements policies, and rating systems give credit for GREENGUARD Certified products.
Earning GREENGUARD Gold Certification for its complete North American stone wool portfolio marks another achievement for ROCKFON with regard to its sustainability efforts. ROCKFON products are made from stone wool, which is produced from an abundant resource, volcanic rock, and recycled material. Stone wool features unique, inherent properties to provide a number of superior performance characteristics including high sound absorption, dimensional stability, fire protection and humidity resistance.
ROCKFON North America stone wool products are audited regularly by UL Environment in order to maintain GREENGUARD Gold Certification. GREENGUARD Certified products are recognized, referenced and preferred by more than 450 federal purchasers, retailers, green building rating tools and building codes.
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