GREENGUARD Introduces New Certification Category
Georgia-Pacific first certification in formaldehyde emission reduction technology category
ATLANTA, GA. - In response to the increased focus on improved indoor air quality, GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) has added the Formaldehyde Emission Reduction Technology category to its certification programs. Unlike other GEI certification programs, this category certifies a manufacturers’ process/technology, rather than a product.
“We are thrilled to develop this additional category as it allows us to show the marketplace that there are products out there to meet changing consumer preferences and changing air quality requirements,” said Dr. Marilyn Black, Chairman and Founder of GEI, “GREENGUARD is constantly looking for ways to ensure the health of our indoor air environments and educate the public on the importance of using low-emitting volatile organic compound (VOC) products and processes.”
Georgia-Pacific Chemicals LLC is the first company in this category, with its Caire Technology attaining GREENGUARD Children and Schools CertificationSM. To achieve this certification, Caire Technology met the required standard of reducing formaldehyde levels by 80% or more from a product during the manufacturing process. The finished product also met the overall stringent GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certifiedâemissions criteria.
Georgia-Pacific’s patent-pending Caire technology reduces formaldehyde emissions from finished products. It provides an innovative “green” alternative that is effective, economical and easy to use. Applied post-manufacture via a variety of customized application methods, Caire is most effective on porous products with a large surface area, such as fiberglass insulation. GP is also testing the technology on ceiling tiles, glass mat, textiles and air filters.
“With Caire Technology, we offer a lower-emission option to help meet the ever-changing regulations around indoor air environments and to provide a market driven alternative for those who simply prefer a “greener” product,” said Peter Williams, vice president - specialty chemicals, Georgia-Pacific Chemicals. “This technology helps us develop customized solutions with our clients to meet a variety of needs and standards.”
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