All standard nora products and adhesives are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified and, therefore, can contribute to LEED Indoor Environmental Quality Credits for Low-Emitting materials.
The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) is an industry-independent, non-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification Program. As an ANSI Authorized Standards Developer, GEI establishes acceptable indoor air standards for indoor products, environments, and buildings. GEI’s mission is to improve public health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air. A GEI Advisory Board consisting of independent volunteers, who are renowned experts in the areas of indoor air quality, public and environmental health, building design and construction, and public policy, provides guidance and leadership to GEI.
History of GREENGUARD
GEI was founded in June 2001 to establish a true third-party product certification program based on proven emission standards and to provide specifying and procurement professionals with a resource for low-emitting products.
The program evolved out of the original AQSpec List™ program developed by Marilyn Black, Ph.D. and Air Quality Sciences Inc. in 1996. The original AQSpec List program was established to identify manufacturers and products that had been tested and found to meet the general product emissions standards established by the State of Washington and the office furniture emissions standard established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their Headquarters’ Project.
About the GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification Program for Low-Emitting Products
The GREENGUARD Certification ProgramSM is an industry-independent, third party testing program for low-emitting products and materials. The first GREENGUARD Certification was awarded in the fall of 2002. In 2005, GEI announced the GREENGUARD Children & Schools standard, which evaluates the sensitive nature of school populations combined with the unique building characteristics found in schools, and presents the most rigorous product emissions criteria to date. To date, more than 150 manufacturers across various industries offer GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified Products.