Five of China’s leading manufacturers of resilient flooring—ChinaFloors Timber Co. Ltd., Taizhou Huali Plastic Co. Ltd., Zhangjiangang Elegant Plastics Co. Ltd., DeZign North America LLC and Lamett—recently received FloorScore Indoor Air Quality certification from SCS Global Services for their luxury vinyl tile (LVT) products. By meeting the strict criteria for VOC emissions dictated by the FloorScore certification standard, these products demonstrate compliance with the VOC emissions criteria of LEED, CHPS, Green Guide for Health Care and a long list of international green building rating systems.
According to the Resilient Floor Covering Institute, manufacturers now use advanced manufacturing processes to comply with the FloorScore criteria. LVT is increasingly specified for green-building projects due to its aesthetics, durability and safety. LVT has become more attractive to specifiers, as it comes in countless textures, colors and styles. Combined with low-emitting attributes and a lower price tag than hard wood surfaces, LVT is in high demand.
“We are glad to see a growing number of Chinese manufacturers stepping up to meet FloorScore’s indoor air quality requirements,” says Stowe Beam, managing director of SCS Environmental Certification Services division.
SCS Global Services (SCS) has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing and standards development for three decades. SCS programs span a wide cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, retail and more.
FloorScore, developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) in conjunction with SCS Global Services (SCS), tests and certifies hard surface flooring and flooring adhesive products for compliance with rigorous indoor air quality emissions requirements. Flooring and adhesives that earn the FloorScore certification gain a legitimately enhanced market position.
ChinaFloors: Established in 2004, ChinaFloors produces solid and engineered wood, as well as laminate and vinyl flooring. A consistent focus on sustainability, innovation and ease-of-installation has allowed the company to grow into a worldwide pioneer in the development and manufacturing of value-added products. ChinaFloors’ products are currently exported to more than 70 countries with offices in the U.S., UK, Belgium, Russia and China.
Taizhou Huali: Serving customers and businesses around the world, Taizhou Huali was established in 2002 and globally exports vinyl flooring products including vinyl tile and planks. Taizhou Huali also holds an ISO 14001: 2004 certificate for its environmental management system.
Eletile: A leading manufacturer of vinyl floor tiles in China, Eletile was founded in 1992 and has been serving customers worldwide for over 20 years. In addition to holding an ISO 14001:2004 certificate for its environmental management system, its Floorscore certificate adds to its established reputation as an increasingly environmentally friendly enterprise.
Lamett: A flooring brand with European roots and worldwide presence with distribution and sales offices in the U.S., the UK, Belgium, Russia and China. Products include solid and engineered wood, as well as laminate and vinyl flooring. With a consistent focus on its core values of sustainability, innovation and ease-of-installation, Lamett has grown into a worldwide pioneer in the development, manufacturing and distribution of value-added products.
DeZign North America LLC: A premier manufacturer of hard-surface floor covering. Its operations are worldwide and in 2011 it expanded into the U.S. and North American markets. Its products include laminate flooring, solid wood flooring, pre-finished engineered wood and pre-finished luxury vinyl planking (LVT). DeZign develops stylish, high-quality flooring products that are widely accepted in today’s market place.