Green Building & Design Magazine Features UL and GREENGUARD Certification

Article Demonstrates how UL’s GREENGUARD Certifications Demonstrate High Value within the Furniture Industry.

Green Building & Design recently published an article featuring UL’s portfolio of sustainable offerings, and how they can help manufacturers promote their sustainable initiatives.

Furniture manufacturers are starting to heavily prioritize the reduction of chemical emissions in their plants.  Larry Dykhuis, senior sustainability manager at Herman Miller, Inc., says “There is a growing awareness about health and wellness in the office spaces. It is our customers and ourselves that are concerned about healthy environment and indoor air quality—aside from building certification.”  UL’s Scott Steady estimates that GREENGUARD will become more and more prevalent along with the ongoing adaptation of LEED version 4 standards. The use of certified GREENGUARD materials for building, wall, floor, paint, and adhesive sealants now qualify as LEED points. “As we move from the voluntary leadership of a few builders to a climate in which certifications become more integrated into code, it will be difficult to sell products that aren’t certified for low emissions; a builder might lose 30 to 40% of their bids if they can’t offer certified products, so they become the norm,” Steady says.

In the last 20 years, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and the LEED rating system have created a need for UL’s safety testing to traverse into environmental product evaluations and certifications. UL is the exclusive provider of the GREENGUARD and ECOLOGO Certifications, and we also offer single-attribute environmental claims validations for many other organizational sustainability certifications.  The GREENGUARD and ECOLOGO certifications are referenced in more than 900 sustainable product specifications and purchasing guidelines for tens of thousands of products, from office furniture all the way to mobile phones. UL’s GREENGUARD certification is found in over 600 company’s product offerings, including  Owens Corning, BASF, LG, Sherwin-Williams, BEHR, Herman Miller, Haworth, Shaw, and Mohawk.

The GREENGUARD certification by the numbers:

  • 85% of Herman Miller’s global sales and more than 90% of its North American Sales come from 60 GREENGUARD-certified product lines, including Mira 2, Action Office, and Canvas Office Landscape
  • Since 2011, the number of products to achieve GREENGUARD Certification has increased by at least 20% every year