Tarkett Offers Healthy Indoor Environment Flooring Solutions
CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — With people spending, on average, about 93% of their time indoors, it’s more important than ever to be conscious of Indoor Air Quality. Selecting flooring is about more than just choosing the right color and design-health should be a primary consideration. Tarkett, the leading provider of innovative and sustainable flooring is proud to offer healthy flooring options.
Tarkett Luxury Vinyl Tiles, Laminate and FiberFloor(®) (except Ambiente) are FloorScore(®) certified. The Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) and the Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) teamed up and created FloorScore as a way to test and certify flooring products for compliance with indoor air quality emission requirements adopted in California. All floorings that Tarkett manufactures have VOC emissions of less than 100 micrograms per cubic meter of air (TVOC after 28 days), contributing to better indoor air quality.
In addition to FloorScore certification, Tarkett’s FiberFloor (except Ambiente) and Transcend products are phthalate free.
Added design choices for your health
Knowing that one-in-five homes have a family member suffering with allergies and/or asthma resulted in a quest for even healthier products and to the development of FiberFloor. Designed to help cut back on harmful chemicals found within indoor environments, FiberFloor products are CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) for loose-lay and glue-down applications-currently the only floor in the flooring industry with this designation.
Designed with woven fiberglass, foam and tough, resilient wear layers that stand up to real-life water, moisture, scuffs, scratches and indentations, FiberFloor is an all-in-one solution. Available in warm, comfortable and coordinating designs, the product is perfect for expressing personality and style.
To earn this certification, FiberFloor underwent rigorous testing by the AAFA and successfully met the following criteria:
- Installation of the flooring does not result in elevated levels of chemicals.
- The flooring has a low capacity for retaining allergens.
- The recommended cleaning of the flooring will not result in exposure to airborne allergens.
The AAFA has developed a certification program to designate products as certified and to assist with the selection process. This third-party certification gives homeowners peace of mind when it comes to the health and safety of those within their home. The certification also helps consumers identify products that have been scientifically proven more suitable for people with asthma and related allergic sensitivities.
Beauty and durability meet safety
Another product choice within the iSelect system is the Transcend Collection. With the Transcend Collection, homeowners enjoy the natural, eye-catching beauty of a high-end luxury wood floor design in a durable surface that is meant to last with the added peace of mind that the product is safe for homes.
Transcend flooring has passed rigorous testing for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), meaning it has very low emissions. VOCs can have serious, long-term effects on consumer’s health, as well as an immediate impact on the health of children and people with asthma or allergies.
All Tarkett flooring is easy to clean and maintain using a neutral floor cleaner and water, eliminating the need for harsh chemicals required by some floors.
With Tarkett products, homeowners can breathe easier – literally. Most Tarkett flooring is also made in North America in ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 plants, assuring quality and sustainability.
For more information on Tarkett healthy flooring solutions, visit http://www.tarkettna.com or call 800-367-8275.
With 2012 revenue of EUR2.3 billion, Tarkett is the world leader for innovative and sustainable solutions for flooring and sports surfaces. Some 10,700 employees and 38 production units serve Tarkett customers in more than 100 countries. Since January 2007, Tarkett has been jointly owned by the Deconinck family (50 percent) and private equity funds affiliated with KKR (50 percent). Tarkett is committed to providing solutions that balance each component of the triple bottom line: people, the environment and economics. The company’s mission is geared toward enhancing the productivity and well-being of the people who design, manufacture, distribute, live and work with their products daily. Tarkett’s North American headquarters are in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. For more information, please visit www.tarkett.com. To learn more about the company’s commercial flooring solutions, visit www.johnsonite.com. Follow Johnsonite online via Twitter, @Johnsonite, and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/johnsoniteflooring.
About The Asthma and Allergy Foundation
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is the oldest and largest not-for-profit, asthma and allergy patient advocacy organization in the world. They offer a certification program that tests and identifies consumer products that are more suitable for the 60+ million people in the U.S. living with asthma and related allergies and sensitivities.