Evoke has long been a leader in indoor air quality standards. Most Evoke flooring products, including our laminate, vinyl composite core and luxury vinyl flooring, have been produced as CA Section 01350 compliant for years. Our products have now been further tested and certified to the GREENGUARD Gold certification standard, indicating they meet one of the strictest emissions standards in the world.
The introduction of GREENGUARD Gold certification as our ‘house standard’ for emissions confirms Evoke’s commitment to providing our customers with products that meet the strictest air quality standards in the world.
GREENGUARD is a low emissions certification program owned and managed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), one of the largest and most respected product safety organizations in the world. GREENGUARD has two certification levels: GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold. At this time, all of our GREENGUARD certified products have achieved Gold status.
In UL’s words, GREENGUARD Gold certification is “designed to define low-emitting materials suitable for environments where people, particularly children and sensitive adults, spend extended periods of time, in particular schools and healthcare facilities.”
GREENGUARD Gold certification complies with CA 01350 but under stricter certification requirements than any other emissions program. It also establishes a very low Total VOC level and sets emissions for specific VOCs at 1/100th of the US Federal Government’s Threshold Limit Value (TLV) for occupational exposure.
GREENGUARD Gold certification is recognized by LEED as a qualifying attribute for low emitting materials credits.
Product listings on the Evoke website will continue to indicate products as either CA 01350 compliant, or as both CA 01350 compliant and GREENGUARD Gold certified as appropriate. To check the certification status of any particular product, check the features on the product page. For more information on the GREENGUARD program, please visit ul.com/gg
CARB & TSCA
CARB refers to a California state agency tasked with improving air quality throughout the state. It has many different programs and areas of focus but one in particular is aimed at limiting formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products, which includes laminate flooring. For years, Evoke’s laminate flooring has been produced as “CARB P2 Compliant.”
A new term has recently appeared on the IAQ landscape: TSCA Title VI, or simply TSCA.
TSCA stands for Toxic Substances Control Act and is overseen by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Act was originally signed into law in 1976 and has since been amended several times. The various sections of the law are commonly referred to as ‘titles’. The latest amendment is TSCA Title VI, and it sets limits on the allowable level of formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products such as medium density fiberboard (MDF*) and plywood – just like CARB.
In other words, TSCA Title VI is essentially CARB’s formaldehyde emissions law applied nationwide in the United States. (The Canadian government is currently developing a regulation to govern formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products. Since it is expected to be aligned with TSCA, applicable Evoke products should be able to comply without difficulties.)
All Evoke laminate floor and related moldings are TSCA Title VI compliant regardless if they are being sold in the US or Canada. (And note, vinyl flooring products are not regulated under CARB and TSCA, as they contain no composite wood products.)
*(Technical note: most laminate manufacturers – Evoke included – say their products are made with HDF (High Density Fiberboard) rather than MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) that we refer to here. MDF is a technical and legal label that covers a broad category of fiberboard products and is therefore the term used by regulators to cover the entire category. HDF is a term used by the industry to describe a type of MDF with specific weight and strength properties designed for specific applications – like laminate flooring cores. In CARB/TSCA terms, it’s all classed under MDF, so that’s how we refer to it in IAQ language, even if our marketing department will usually follow industry custom and call it HDF.)
CA SECTION 01350
CA Section 01350 is a voluntary air quality standard developed by the State of California. It is a stricter and more comprehensive IAQ standard than CARB or TSCA, which only govern the core and only look at formaldehyde emissions. In comparison, CA Section 01350 tests the complete, finished product and looks at the emissions from a multitude of VOCs. CA Section 01350 is recognized by LEED and other green building programs as the standard for good indoor air quality.
Compliance with GREENGUARD Gold includes compliance with CA Section 01350. All Evoke flooring, of any construction type, complies with CA Section 01350.
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