CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio, Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnsonite®, the commercial arm of Tarkett and provider of the world's most integrated high-performance flooring systems, recently received asthma & allergy friendly™ certification for its iQ™ vinyl flooring and I.D. Inspiration™ luxury vinyl plank flooring lines. Johnsonite is currently the only commercial flooring manufacturer to receive asthma & allergy friendly™ certification.
Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), in partnership with top medical experts and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), created the asthma & allergy friendly Certification Program in 2006 in the United States. The certification program independently tests and identifies products that are compatible with people living with asthma and related allergies.
Johnsonite iQ vinyl flooring and I.D. Inspiration luxury vinyl plank flooring were granted a certificate stating that the floor covering meets the requirements for the asthma & allergy friendly ASP:05:01 certification standard.
To meet the standard, the floor covering is evaluated in four areas:
- A low capacity for allergen retention
- The effectiveness of removing accumulated allergen from the floor covering when the manufacturer's recommended cleaning procedures are used
- The recommended cleaning procedures of the floor covering must not contribute to a significant increase in airborne allergen levels that may result in redistribution of, rather than overall reduction of, allergen
- Exposure to airborne solvents and other irritant or toxic materials during floor covering installation or, when in use, must not exceed certification thresholds
Johnsonite promotes circular design, which leads to its comprehensive offering of environmentally responsible products. The breadth of certifications, ranging from material use to manufacturing conditions, and from end-of-use practices to occupant health, ensures customers that Tarkett is focused on every aspect of sustainable production. In addition to the asthma & allergy friendly certification, Johnsonite's products are USDA BioPreferred(SM) (Harmonium xf™ linoleum); NSF/ANSI 332 Platinum (Ecolibrium™ Bio-Based Wall Base, iQ™ Granit™, iQ™ Optima™, iQ Natural™ and Harmonium xf™); NSF/ANSI 332 Gold (Azrock VCT, TexTile and standard rubber tile); Cradle to Cradle (Harmonium xf and rubber tile); and most commercial products are FloorScore® certified contributing to better indoor air quality. Additionally, all North America plants have achieved ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certification.
For more information about Johnsonite products, their environmental certifications and sustainable initiatives, visit www.tarkettna.com.
With 2012 revenue of €2.3 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.