Greenguard and Indoor Air Quality

Formica® Laminate is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified for low-emitting interior building materials.

Product Emissions

Formica Group has taken significant steps to ensure that its products promote a healthy indoor air quality in homes, offices, schools and other indoor environments. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the most effective way to reduce indoor air pollution is to reduce or eliminate harmful chemical emissions.

Defining Product Emissions

Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are pollutants that are emitted along with other gases from certain solids or liquids. Concentrations of many VOCs are higher indoors than they may be outdoors.

The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) has established standards to define products and processes with low chemical and particle emissions for use indoors. The standards establish certification procedures including test methods, allowable emission levels, product sample collection, testing, as well as program application processes, toxicity limits and acceptance.

Formica® Products and GREENGUARD

As one of our core sustainable strategies, Formica Group is committed to the manufacture of products that contribute to healthier indoor environments. Formica® Laminates may also contribute to meet Green Building Assessment criteria. Products from Formica Group’s ten international manufacturing sites have achieved GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification, the premier marks for low-emitting products. Formica® Laminate and DecoMetal® by Formica Group products have achieved GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification.

View GREENGUARD certifications for the following products:

Current Status and Activity

Formica Group has worked to achieve GREENGUARD certification for Indoor air quality for products manufactured in North America, Europe and Asia. Resin systems and raw material supply is aligned with the use of low emitting materials.

The following products meet all GREENGUARD standards for Indoor Air Quality:

  • Formica® Laminate
  • Compact
  • ColorCore®
  • DecoMetal®

The GREENGUARD standards include specifications for each of the following:

  • TVOC (Total Volatile Organic Compounds).
  • Formaldehyde.
  • Total Aldehydes.

Learn more via the GREENGUARD website.

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