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Just Launched – New Certification Program That Demonstrates Compliance with the WELL Building Standard

In an effort to continue providing programs to aid architects and designers in the facilitation of healthier products for their green building projects, UL Environment has launched a Wellness Certification Program. Designed to demonstrate compliance with the WELL Building standard, the Wellness Certification Program evaluates products for attributes across seven credit categories: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort, and Mind. Architects, designers and specifiers can identify products such as furniture, interior paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, insulation and lighting that comply with requirements of the WELL Building program and can help their projects gain certification. [...]

UL Safety Component Acceptance Program: Certifying Furniture End Products is NOW Easier than Ever

UL wants to share some exciting news on how we are evolving and transforming our processes to meet our customers’ needs. Today UL will accept components certified by other certification organizations in your furnishings & retail displays for our safety standards (some additional evaluation in the end product is required). UL has over 120 years of evaluating products for safety and it is important to our customers and us that we maintain our high level of integrity and quality. [...]

Global Flavor for UL first time at China International Furniture Expo 2017

UL participated for the first time in the 23rd China international Furniture Expo at Shanghai New International Expo recently, which is the most influential and professional furniture Expo in China. As the global leading furniture testing and certification service provider, we brought our Safety certification, Environmental certifications, Mechanical and Performance testing services to the exhibition. From furniture manufacturers to architects and designers, our vast furniture solutions were showcased through productive conversations, informative marketing collateral and a unique booth presence. [...]

EPA Extends Compliance Dates for the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products Rule

The dates for compliance to the EPA Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products rule have been extended. EPA has made a prepublication of this rule available here. The final rule extends: The December 12, 2017 date for emission standards, recordkeeping, and labeling provisions until December 12, 2018; The December 12, 2018 date for import certification provisions until March 22, 2019; and The December 12, 2023 date for provisions applicable to producers of laminated products until March 22, 2024. [...]

August Update to EPA Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products

On August 8th, EPA announced a direct final rule allowing manufacturers of TSCA Title VI compliant composite wood products to begin labeling products as compliant starting on August 25, 2017.  The rule provides flexibility to manufacturers of composite wood panels, and products utilizing these panels, to begin following the labeling guidelines of TSCA Title VI voluntarily before the December 12, 2017 compliance date, if they are in compliance with the regulation. As a reminder, a separate amendment, that would have extended compliance dates by 90 days, was withdrawn on July 6, 2017. [...]

NeoCon 2017 Wrap-Up

This year’s NeoCon, held June 12-14 during a beautiful, mostly sunny week in Chicago, was packed with attendees. From furniture manufacturers to architects and designers, our vast furniture solutions were showcased through productive conversations, informative marketing collateral and a unique booth presence. Here’s some highlights: If sustainability was top of mind, we discussed how to promote your sustainability and transparency achievements with UL GREENGUARD Certification and Product Lens™ program. [...]

UL Environment is now certified as a TSCA Title VI Third-Party Certifier by US EPA

As a global authority on indoor air quality and product emissions testing, it’s fitting that UL Environment has been officially recognized as a TSCA Title VI Third-Party Certifier (TPC) under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products final rule. [...]

UL Environment to Demonstrate New BIM Project Tool and More at NeoCon

BIM project users attending NeoCon will be able to see a demo of UL Environment’s new SPOT app for REVIT™ in Booth # 7-139A. Launching soon, the new SPOT app for REVIT™ will allow users to access product data from SPOT, our sustainable product database, and assign it directly to their BIM project. In addition to SPOT, UL will be on hand to discuss how to achieve sustainability and transparency with UL GREENGUARD Certification and Product Lens ™ program, as well as testing services such as, BIFMA Performance Testing, Flammability Testing, CARB due diligence programs and verification of marketing claims for tip stability! See you at NeoCon, June 12-14 in Chicago! Visit us in Booth # 7-139A. [...]

New Effective Dates for TSCA Title VI Implementation

  New Proposed Effective Dates for TSCA Title VI Implementation Composite wood products, including hardwood plywood, medium density fiberboard (MDF) and particleboard are used in a variety of products such as flooring, furniture, cabinetry and building materials. A national standard for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products, designed to closely mirror the existing standards established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), has been in development since 2010. Issued on December 12, 2016, EPA delayed the TSCA Title VI final rule’s effective date to comply with the Trump Administration’s Executive Memorandum that directed U. [...]

REACHAcross™: Software That Reduces the Need for Animal Testing to Meet REACH Deadlines

UL Environment introduces REACHAcross™ software, an innovative prediction tool that builds large networks of chemicals based on properties such as molecular structure and health-endpoint interactions. This pioneering tool uses machine learning techniques to predict the endpoint behavior of any chemical of interest for REACH compliance. It provides the ease of use of QSARs with the accuracy of read-across to help companies meet chemical regulations and reduce the need for animal testing. [...]