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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™. [...]

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. [...]

We’ve Expanded our A2LA Scope of Accreditation

We've expanded our scope of accreditation to offer our customers a broader range of service to meet their compliance testing needs! Check out our full scope of accreditation on the A2LA website or read more to see what's new! [...]

Are the Wood Components Inside Your Product CARB Compliant for Formaldehyde?

High-profile retailers have come under scrutiny for selling products that exceed formaldehyde emissions limits set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Air Toxics Control Measure. The CARB regulation limits formaldehyde emissions from plywood, particleboard, and MDF. These limits have been in place since 2009, and more stringent CARB Phase 2 limits have been in place since 2012. [...]

What Should You Expect When Preparing for the UL Mark Evaluation?

Although many UL product evaluations vary, there is a specific structure that you can count on during a UL Mark Evaluation. The diagram below demonstrates the typical process for obtaining authorization to use the UL Mark. Along with understanding the steps within UL Mark Evaluation, there are several other ways to make this process more efficient: Start with UL requirements early in your product development cycle. [...]