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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™. [...]

A Reflection on the TB 117 Standard and the Way Forward for Truly Comprehensive Safety Standards

A feasibility study released this month by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Feasibility, Benefits and Costs of Adopting TB 117-2013 as a Mandatory National Standard, concluded that TB 117-2013 did not effectively address the hazard of smoldering ignition and should not be adopted as a mandatory national standard. A bit of history provides some context for the reasons for this decision and perhaps points to a path forward for truly comprehensive safety standards. History In the 1970’s, the State of California passed a law requiring all upholstered furniture sold in California to be flame retardant. [...]

UL Environment Co-Hosts Furniture Seminar in Vietnam

On September 28, UL Environment co-hosted a seminar in Vietnam where manufacturers learned how testing and certification can help them gain access to global furniture markets. Guiseppe Barisan, global operations director at UL Furnishings and Scott Steady, product manager for chemical emissions testing and certification at UL Environment discussed global emissions regulations that apply to furniture and how manufacturers can design and manufacture products for low chemical emissions. Topics included the risk of formaldehyde used in industrial resins and adhesives, including those used to make composite wood products. [...]

UL Works with Kids in Danger (KID) on Furniture Tip-Over Study and the Results are Eye-Opening

Most parents probably don’t think that the dresser they purchased to store a child’s clothes in, or the chest they placed in their newborn’s nursery, could pose dangerous risks to their children. But the sad and scary reality is that according to the U.S. [...]

How Will Manufacturers Meet the Demand for Low-Emitting Furnishings?

The age of sustainability is here and consumers are now actively engaged, demanding products that support health and safety for people and the planet. Consumers care about a breadth of issues, from water conservation, to waste reduction, to product safety and social responsibility. In fact, according to a Shelton Group Pulse study, 70% of consumers are searching for greener products. [...]

UL’s Product Lens™ Report – Context and Interpretation

A few weeks ago, UL Environment launched the Product Lens Report, a new chemical disclosure tool to meet marketplace product transparency demands, providing clarity by putting chemical hazards into context. You may be wondering what we mean by clarity and context. Aside from meeting the requirements in LEED v4 for chemical disclosure, the goal of the Product Lens Report is to offer transparency and interpretation of this disclosure, not just a hazards-only approach, which was previously the option. [...]

The Bottom Line: 3 practical business uses for microbial resistance testing

This is Part III of our blog series on Microbial Testing... [...]

Microbial resistance testing: adding method and meaningful metrics to the madness

This is Part II in a series on Microbial resistance testing. Stay tuned for Part III. In a previous post, we explored the potential of microbial resistance testing to help manufacturers of building materials and other products better understand their products’ performance in elevated moisture conditions. [...]

Proposed Revision to Proposition 65 Labeling Requirements

A major revision of the product labeling requirements for California’s Proposition 65 is expected to be final at the end of 2016. The regulation requires businesses to provide “clear and reasonable” warnings when they “expose” Californians to listed chemicals identified by the state to cause of cancer or reproductive harm (currently, over 800 chemicals are on the list). The state agency that administers Proposition 65 has proposed significant changes to the regulations that include more detail regarding “clear and reasonable” warnings. [...]

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. [...]