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UL Environment Joins Board of Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing

  MARIETTA, Ga., December 15, 2016 – UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science leader, announced today that UL Environment’s Craig Rowlands, PhD, DABT, senior toxicologist, will serve as an advisory board member of Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) and UL Environment’s Anne Bonhoff, PhD, global head of chemistry, will serve as an advisory board member of the European branch (CAAT-Europe) located at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Led by Thomas Hartung, MD, PhD, the Doerenkamp-Zbinden Professor and Chair for Evidence-Based Toxicology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, CAAT is dedicated to research, validation and advancement of alternative methods of testing, and has been operating in the U. [...]

UL and QUATEST3 Sign Alliance Agreement to Develop Furniture Testing and Emissions Laboratory in Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM, October 18, 2016 — UL (Underwriters Laboratories), and QUATEST3 (Quality Assurance and Testing Center 3) today announced the signing of an Alliance Agreement to develop a furniture and chemical emissions testing laboratory in Vietnam. The goal of the agreement is to provide a world-class product testing facility and expertise in regulations that will enable Vietnamese furniture manufacturers to expand their business into global markets. “The Vietnamese furniture market is poised for tremendous global growth and QUATEST3 is an ideal partner for UL to develop a local laboratory,” said Alberto Uggetti, vice president and general manager, UL Environment. [...]

UL Environment and International WELL Building Institute™ Form Relationship to Promote Healthier Building Practices by Improving Indoor Air Quality

MARIETTA, GA., October 4, 2016 — UL Environment, a business division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), and the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) today announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organizations in an effort to drive public awareness of, and increase global demand for, healthier buildings. The organizations will collaborate to limit exposure to harmful chemicals for occupants of buildings while promoting holistic approaches to designing, constructing and operating healthier buildings. [...]

UL Introduces SPOT™ Online Database– The Largest Credible Product Sustainability Information Tool

MARIETTA, GA., October 5, 2016 — UL today introduced SPOT™, a web-based product sustainability information tool that will facilitate the selection of credible green products and enable the design community to apply that information into the Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflow. Currently featuring more than 40,000 products, SPOT database will be a first of its kind tool for architects, designers and specifiers to identify products by sustainable attributes, MasterFormat product codes and building rating system credits such as LEED v4 and the WELL Building Standard™. [...]

UL Launches the Product Lens™ Report, a New Comprehensive Chemical Disclosure Tool

UL has launched Product Lens™, a chemical disclosure tool that provides context and clarity for construction materials manufacturers, architects and designers to meet green building demands. The demand for sustainable products is evolving. The Product Lens report helps communicate a product’s potential hazards to human health and the environment while simultaneously signaling trust and legitimacy to buyers demanding green products. [...]

UL Offers Industry’s First Certification Program for BIFMA Performance Standards

UL is now offering the first and only program that certifies that a product meets BIFMA performance standards for furniture. Now, furniture manufacturers can achieve certification from a trusted third-party certifier that demonstrates products meet industry performance and durability requirements. Certification allows you to meet a variety of purchasing requirements, such as GSA specifications, and use of the UL mark on your products and promotional materials. [...]

US Representative Bill Huizenga Visits UL Furniture Center of Excellence in Holland, MI

On Friday, May 6, U.S. Congressman Bill Huizenga, who represents the 2nd District of Michigan, visited UL’s Furniture Center of Excellence in Holland, Michigan. [...]

UL Environment Receives Approval as CARB Third Party Certifier

Marietta, GA. April 19, 2016 – UL Environment, a business division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science leader, today announced that is has received approval as a Third Party Certifier (TPC) for the California Air Resources Board (ARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM). As a result, UL Environment is authorized to test and assess composite wood panel products for compliance to the CARB regulation which limits the amount of formaldehyde that can be emitted from hardwood plywood, particle board and medium density fiberboard. [...]

Acing the Test Report: Test Report Standardization and Transparency

On October 29, 2015, UL, BIFMA, and the GSA conducted a presentation titled, Acing the Test Report: Test Report Standardization and Transparency, at NeoCon East in Philadelphia. Stefania Crum of GSA, Dave Panning of BIFMA, and Doug Woodard of UL discussed how variations in testing, reports, and product names present specifiers with challenges to ensure products have met GSA requirements. Are there specific GSA requirements that help unify the testing process? Stevie Crum, Commodity Service Specialist for GSA, indicated several requirements during the NeoCon presentation that can help establish GSA acceptance and simplify the test report process. [...]

BIFMA Testing to Our Test Lab

When you send out testing, you should expect a testing experience that is as good or better than you can get in-house. We understand your needs and offer over 50 years of experience in the office furniture industry and nearly 40 years specifically in testing.  Our UL test lab offers BIFMA testing along with customized testing options. [...]