What is FloorScore Certification?

What is FloorScore Certification?

What comes to mind when you think of staying healthy? Seeing your doctor? Eating well? Getting plenty of exercise? Chances are, indoor air quality doesn?t come to mind. However, the quality of the air you breathe can impact your health and that of your family. This issue first gained national prominence when one of the big box stores sold formaldehyde-laced flooring from China.

While you may be able to do little about the outside air, you can take steps to improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) of your home by choosing products that are FloorScore IAQ certified.

What Does FloorScore Certification Mean?
In plain English, when the FloorScore seal is found on a hard surface flooring product and/or its adhesive, you can be assured that it will contribute to indoor air quality because it meets stringent standards.

Certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) cause emissions that can affect the air quality inside a home or workplace. FloorScore IAQ Certification or FloorScore certification, means that SCS Global Services has independently certified that a flooring product complies with the volatile organic compound emissions criteria described in the California Section 01350 program

How Does FloorScore Certification Happen?
SCS Global Services
is a third-party certification firm that tests and verifies environmental, sustainability, and quality performance claims for various industries? products. To determine whether a product qualifies for the FloorScore seal, SCS Global Services:

  • Reviews all of the VOC emission test reports produced by independent testing laboratories for that product.
  • Determines whether the test results meet the VOC requirements of California Section 01350.
  • Conducts regular inspections of manufacturing plants to review formulas, processing, and quality control standards to maintain the integrity of the FloorScore seal.

Why Does FloorScore Certification Matter to You?
No matter what type of flooring you choose, products with the FloorScore certification help you achieve a cleaner, healthier indoor air quality. That?s important because you and your family likely spend a lot of time indoors. Breathing clean air inside helps you stay healthy and may enhance productivity, concentration, and improve comfort. On the other hand, if you?re breathing poor quality air, such as air with higher VOC concentrations, you may be at higher risk for developing health problems such as dizziness, headaches, and more serious conditions in the long term.

Scary, huh? That?s why many architects, designers, and homeowners choose FloorScore certified materials such as flooring to help ensure a safer, healthier indoor environment.