Protecting Your Health
Improving the quality of indoor air is vital because the air in our homes, schools and offices can be two to five times more polluted, and in some cases 100 times more polluted, than outdoor air. Most exposure in your home from these environmental pollutants occurs from activities, products and materials we use every day. The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) names source control as the best strategy to reduce indoor air pollution and limit chemical exposure. By selecting products that have been GREENGUARD Certified for low chemical emissions, engineers and architects can protect indoor air quality because these products have been tested for more than 10,000 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and chemicals to ensure they are safe. In fact, the USEPA estimates that the average person receives 72% of their chemical exposure at home.
What is GREENGUARD?
A GREENGUARD Certification helps buyers identify interior products and materials that have low chemical emissions, improving the quality of the air in which the products are used. UL Environment acquired GREENGUARD in 2011, further advancing its mission of promoting global sustainability, environmental health, and safety. GREENGUARD Certification is broadly recognized and accepted by sustainable building programs and building codes around the world because it sets strict standards to ensure that a product is acceptable for use in such environments as schools and healthcare facilities. GREENGUARD certified products must also complete an annual re-certification and regular monitoring to maintain their credentials.
The GREENGUARD Gold Certification requirements also comply with the California’s Department of Public Health Services Standard Practice for Specification Section 01350 (California Section 01350) for testing chemical emissions from building products used in schools and other environments. As such, GREENGUARD Gold Certified products may contribute credits to the CHPS Best Practices Manual for K-12 schools, the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® Green Building Rating Systems, the Green Guide for Healthcare, the NAHB Green Building Guidelines, Green Globes, Regreen and many other building codes, standards and specifications.
GREENGUARD Gold Certified Insulation for IAQ
Insulation materials can either help defend against or contribute to indoor air-quality problems. This is particularly true of inside air-handling systems in which the insulation needs to resist moisture while ensuring that the air passing over it remains mold-, dust- and fiber-free. Using the wrong product could particulate fibers or off-gas VOCs into the indoor air, creating poor indoor breathing conditions. Other insulation materials can even absorb moisture and condensation into the insulation, supporting the growth of mold and mildew. Any of these problems will significantly degrade the indoor environment. Armacell’s closed-cell elastomeric foam insulation products are fiber-free, non-particulating, and have low VOCs. Many of our insulation products are third-party GREENGUARD Gold certified and for added resistance to the growth of mold, the entire AP-branded product line is made with built-in antimicrobial protection. For IAQ benefits and thermal performance, it is easy to see why an increasing number of hospitals, offices and schools are seeking better IAQ have decided to replace existing open cell insulation with Armacell’s closed cell foam insulation.
GREENGUARD Gold Certified Products
AP ArmaFlex Black Lap Seal
AP ArmaFlex FS
AP ArmaFlex FS SA
AP ArmaFlex Insulation Tape
AP ArmaFlex SA
AP ArmaFlex SS
AP ArmaFlex W SS
AP ArmaFlex W
AP ArmaFlex White Lap Seal
AP ArmaFlex Fittings
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For more information about UL Environment and GREENGUARD, visit www.greenguard.org and www.ul.com.