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UL is expanding chemical and sustainability capabilities with the opening of a state-of-the-art laboratory in the European region

We are expanding our service capabilities in our Cabiate, Italy lab, and are pleased to announce the opening of a new laboratory for indoor air quality, GREENGUARD and VOCs. With the increasing complexity of the regulatory landscape in Europe and around the world, there is a growing need for VOC emissions testing and validation. In an effort to meet growing demand and to offer customers comprehensive, responsive testing and other customized services, UL is pleased to announce the opening of a new indoor air quality laboratory in Cabiate, Italy. [...]

EPA Formaldehyde Labeling Effective Date Has Been Changed

On March 2018, in response to a court order and joint stipulation document issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an update to the compliance dates for products and groups subject to TSCA Title VI. [...]

Introducing UL Product IQ, The Next Generation Of UL’s Online Certifications Directory

UL Product iQ, the next generation of UL's Online Certifications Directory, offers the same trusted UL safety certification data in a modern search engine that is mobile-friendly and easy-to-use.​ Registration is free and includes access to all certification information, along with the ability to build complex, custom searches. ​ Product iQ empowers users to work more efficiently, and to quickly find the exact content they need with a personalized dashboard, powerful search algorithm, and several organization features. [...]

UL ANNOUNCES NEW STABILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM WITH THE AMERICAN HOME FURNISHINGS ALLIANCE TO HELP CONSUMERS IDENTIFY SAFER PRODUCTS

UL has partnered with The American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA),  in creating a “Product Stability UL Verified” mark to help consumers identify products that meet the industry’s voluntary stability standard requirements. The mark is part of a program that allows participating companies to have their in-house stability testing process reviewed and verified by UL, thereby earning the UL Verified mark.  Four AHFA member companies – Ashley Furniture, Hooker Furniture, Samson Marketing and Sauder Woodworking – are leading the charge by piloting the AHFA/UL Verified program for furniture stability. [...]

BIFMA will host a UL’s webinar on: SPOT App for Revit® – Increasing LEVEL Certified Product Visibility to A&D

When it comes to selecting BIFMA LEVEL certified products, architects and designers (A&D) need credible sources to find this information in a way that fits into their current work flow. To make product selection less challenging and less time consuming, UL is developing new tools that will plug LEVEL data directly into BIM platforms. The first application UL developed is SPOT for Revit®, and it will allow A&D to add LEVEL certified furniture directly into the tool straight from the SPOT for Revit® database. [...]

A.R.T. Furniture First to Receive UL Stability Verification for Artiste Line of Products

UL Stability Verification offers furniture manufactures the opportunity to verify their marketing claims of safety and stability backed by safety science. And UL has just recently delivered the first of this type of claim to A.R. [...]

VARIDESK Standing Desk Receives First BIFMA performance Certification from UL

VARIDESK Products Also Receive GREENGUARD Certification VARIDESK, a height adjustable desk manufacturer, recently received the first UL BIFMA (Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacture Association) Performance Certification mark for their Quick Pro Corner standing desk. The UL BIFMA performance mark is the first and only program that certifies that products meet BIFMA standards and provides a basis for evaluating the performance and durability of products.  While much of the office furniture on the market is tested to these standards, UL’s program is the first to certify products to the applicable BIFMA standards and demonstrate continued compliance with routine testing. [...]

Just Launched – Wellness Certification Program for Products

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 for products designed to help demonstrate a product’s contribution to requirements in the WELL Building Standard. The Wellness Certification can apply to products such as furniture, interior paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, insulation and lighting. UL’s Wellness Certification requires each product to meet the applicable requirements listed in the WELL Building Standard, and can evaluate additional criteria as requested. [...]

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. [...]