Adhesives WITH THE Ultra Green Certified seal are the lowest
emitting flooring adhesives manufactured. For carpet, Ultra Green represents
adhesives that are up to 97% below the current Carpet and Rug Institute’s (CRI)
Indoor Air Quality emissions criteria for adhesives.
The two most
commonly referenced protocols for reporting VOC's in adhesives are the South
Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and the Carpet & Rug
Institute's (CRI) "Green Label Program". However, it must be pointed out
that CRI and SCAQMD do not use similar methods in determining the level of
VOC's that must be reported and thus their results vary significantly.
1168, established by Orange County and surrounding communities in southern
California, does not provide for actual measurement of VOC emissions from an
adhesive. Instead it calls for the calculation of an emissions level based
on certain raw materials in the adhesive. Rule 1168 exempts certain
compounds from inclusion in the calculation. Therefore, adhesives stating
"VOC Content: 0 g/L; calculated & reported, SCAQMD 1168" may contain certain
levels of volatile organic compounds that are not included in the
calculation and therefore may not satisfy the CRI criteria.
that carry the "CRI Green Label" have been physically tested by Air Quality
Sciences, an Atlanta-based independent laboratory that certifies the total
VOC emissions of a given adhesive to be at or below 10.0 mg/m2 · hr. CRI's
methodology, which has been adopted by ASTM, involves the analysis and
measurement of actual air samples and does not exempt any chemical compounds
from the measurement.
formulation technology has led to the introduction of GreenFloors Adhesive
products. The first product introduced that uses this technology is
Adhesive. While easily
meeting SCAMQD's criteria for 0 calculated VOC's, what really sets
High-Performance Carpet Adhesive
apart from all other adhesives is that the actual emission levels as tested
in accordance with CRI's criteria for a Green Label adhesive have been
measured at 0.3 - 0.5mg/m2 · hr: as much as 97% lower than the benchmark
established by CRI of 10.0 mg/m2 · hr. In fact, at 0.3 -0.5mg/m2 · hr
GreenFloors High Performance Carpet Adhesive has total VOC's at levels
established by CRI for the carpet itself!
technological breakthrough created a new environmental benchmark that has
been introduced to the market as Ultra Green Certified. Flooring adhesives
with the Ultra Green Certified seal are the lowest known emitting flooring
adhesives manufactured. All GreenFloor's products are Ultra Green Certified.