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GREENGUARD Certification Statement—Hardwoods and Laminates

Dalton, Ga. - June 24, 2013- Since 2009, all Shaw hardwood and laminate flooring products have met GREENGUARD Certification criteria. The GREENGUARD Certifications from UL Environment recognize interior products and materials that have low chemical emissions, improving the quality of the air in which the products are used.

Meeting stringent emissions standards, Shaw's laminate flooring has received the GREENGUARD Certification and its hardwood flooring has achieved the GREENGUARD Gold Certification, which accounts for sensitive individuals such as children and the elderly.

These GREENGUARD Certifications contribute to points toward numerous green building rating systems, including LEED. To maintain Certification, products are retested on an ongoing basis.

The GREENGUARD Gold and GREENGUARD Certifications are examples of Shaw's commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. To learn more about Shaw's overall work in sustainability, visit Shaw Green Edge

Read more about GREENGUARD Certifications below and at greenguard.org

What is GREENGUARD Certification?

Simply put, GREENGUARD Certification ensures that a product has met some of the world's most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air.

GREENGUARD Certification Helps Identify Healthier Products

As the demand for healthier, more sustainable products continues to expand, consumers and building industry professionals increasingly demand substantiation of product sustainability claims and rely on trustworthy third-party certifiers to guide purchasing and specification decisions. GREENGUARD Certification provides the market with solutions and resources to identify products with lower chemical emissions, and provides manufacturers with credible tools to legitimize and promote their sustainability efforts.

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is closely tied to health, and is therefore recognized as an important concern in homes, schools, healthcare environments and commercial spaces. Volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from building materials and furnishings are a major source of indoor air pollution. GREENGUARD Certification has been widely adopted as a trusted standard for low-emitting products. In fact, more than 400 green building codes, standards, guidelines, procurements policies, and rating systems give credit for GREENGUARD Certified products.

Certification Types - The first voluntary North American indoor air quality product certification created specifically for commercial building products, this certification requires that products meet stringent chemical emissions requirements originally developed as purchasing specifications for building projects for the US EPA and the State of Washington. Products with GREENGUARD Certification (formerly known as GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification) are compliant with stringent emission levels for over 360 VOCs, plus a limit on the total of all chemical emissions combined (TVOC).

GREENGUARD Gold - The GREENGUARD Gold standard (formerly known as GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification) includes safety factors to account for sensitive individuals (such as children and the elderly) and ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. In addition to limiting emissions of more than 360 VOCs and total chemical emissions, GREENGUARD Gold Certified products must also comply with requirements of the State of California's Department of Public Health "Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers, Version 1.1 (2010)" (also known as California Section 01350).

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