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    Resilient manufacturers needed for industry-average EPDs

Resilient manufacturers needed for industry-average EPDs

LaGrange, Ga.—The Resilient Floor Covering Institute is updating the resilient flooring industry-average Environmental Product Declarations and looking for resilient flooring manufacturers to participate. Participation in the EPD renewals is open to all resilient flooring manufacturers. Membership in the Resilient Floor Covering Institute is not required. The industry-average EPDs are ISO 14025 Type III, third-party certified. First published in 2013, they are recognized for contributing credits in LEED v4’s Material and Resources

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    DINP in vinyl flooring gets safe determination

DINP in vinyl flooring gets safe determination

LaGrange, Ga.—The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has issued a Safe Use Determination (SUD) under Prop 65 for diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in vinyl flooring products. The finding is based on OEHHA’s determination that vinyl flooring products containing 18.9% or less of DINP by weight do not expose occupants of residences and commercial buildings to DINP exceeding “safe harbor levels.” Therefore, a Prop 65 consumer warning for qualifying

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    RFCI advocates the safety and viability of vinyl

RFCI advocates the safety and viability of vinyl

Tackles Prop 95, Green Chemistry Initiative November 30/December 14; Volume 30/Number 12 By Steven Feldman Dallas—The resilient floor covering industry is in the midst of unprecedented growth, driven primarily by the popularity of the luxury vinyl category. Behind the scenes, the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) has been doing its part to contribute to this growth while helping to sustain the long-term viability of the category. While its manufacturer members

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    BREEAM cites FloorScore for indoor air quality

BREEAM cites FloorScore for indoor air quality

LaGrange, Ga.—The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), one of the world’s foremost environmental assessment programs for buildings, has cited FloorScore certified flooring products as eligible for credits under BREEAM’s indoor air quality requirements. FloorScore, a voluntary, independent certification program, tests vinyl (including LVT and VCT), linoleum, laminate, wood, ceramic and rubber flooring and certifies that they meet the emissions requirements of California Section 01350. The FloorScore program is

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    Judges named for HPS Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest

Judges named for HPS Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest

Florence, Ala.—A three-judge panel of independent flooring industry experts has been chosen to oversee the second annual Worst Subfloor Contest sponsored by HPS Schönox. Tom Jennings, vice president of member services, the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA); Dean Thompson, president and CEO, the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI); and Robert Varden, executive director, Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI) will judge contest entries. “I’ve worked in the flooring industry all of my

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    RFCI announces seven new members

RFCI announces seven new members

LaGrange Ga.—The Resilient Floor Covering Institute has expanded its membership, adding four manufacturers and three suppliers to its roster. Resilient flooring manufacturers Shaw Resilient, Novalis Innovative Flooring, Mohawk and EarthWerks have joined the industry association, as well as suppliers PLI Pak-Lite and SELIT, both providers of flooring underlayment, and HPS Schonox, makers of primers and moisture mitigation materials. RFCI membership represents more than 95% of all resilient flooring marketed throughout

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    RFCI proactively tackles  tough environmental issues

RFCI proactively tackles tough environmental issues

October 27/November 3, 2014; Volume 28/Number 10 By Ken Ryan Resilient flooring manufacturers are often credited for driving category growth to new heights through innovative products, from sheet vinyl to LVT. Behind the scenes, the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) is doing its part to further this pattern of innovation. Through collective resources of its growing membership, RFCI takes on issues that are too big for any one company to

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    Vinyl’s value proposition

Vinyl’s value proposition

Durability, sustainability, versatility are highlighted characteristics By Jenna Lippin Volume 26/Number 24; April 15/22, 2013 As flooring products evolve and undergo technologic advances, many consumers are turning to vinyl for both first-time installation and remodel because of the value proposition compared to other surfaces. Organizations such as the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) recommend the product for a number of reasons, while flooring manufacturers are making significant strides with both design

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IVC US products receive FloorScore certification

Dalton—IVC US is pleased to announce its achieved FloorScore certification for several of its flooring products, including itec, BluePrint, and several residential collections. Developed by Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) in partnership with Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a FloorScore seal confirms product compliance with indoor air quality (IAQ) emission requirements of volatile organic compounds implemented by the California Section 01350 Program.

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LEED 2012: USGBC should withdraw its European-based material avoidance credit

By Bill Hall, Venable LLP and outside Counsel to the Resilient Floor Covering Institute As goes LEED, so goes green building certifications. While competing systems such as Green Globes are gaining ground, LEED remains the predominant U.S. green building certification system. In addition to widespread market adoption, LEED has been incorporated into the laws or regulations of 34 states and 442 local governments and is used by 14 federal agencies.

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    Resilient’s green message keeps growing

Resilient’s green message keeps growing

by Matthew Spieler While the carpet industry gets the bulk of the headlines when it comes to environmental stories, it doesn’t mean the rest of the flooring industry is standing by and watching. The resilient category, for instance, has plenty to offer in the way of eco-friendly programs, from incorporating various types of post-consumer materials into products to using alternative energy sources to power factories, the industry is leading by

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centiva announces sustainability certification

Centiva announced today the certification of its Contour and Victory Series products to the NSF/ANSI-332 Sustainability Assessment for Resilient Floor Coverings. These products achieved the silver level certification in the NSF 332 Assessment process conducted by UL Environment.

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    Raskin Industries’ Elevations achieves FloorScore certification

Raskin Industries’ Elevations achieves FloorScore certification

New York—Raskin Industries, the supplier of the first truly adhesive-free, loose lay luxury vinyl tiles and planks, is pleased to announce its Elevations brand collections have been FloorScore certified for low VOCs. Now retailers, specifiers and end users alike have the assurance that working and living with Raskin Industries’ Elevations helps promote indoor air quality and preserves a healthy, responsible lifestyle. 

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RFCI sets agenda for 2012

by Steven Feldman Pebble Beach, Calif.–The Resilient Floorcovering Association (RFCI) converged on one of the most beautiful spots in the countryhere last fall to update members—both resilient manufacturers and their raw materials suppliers–on the key issues impacting the industry as well as the plethora of initiatives in which the group is currently engaged. First and foremost is combatting a number of misperceptions about resilient flooring and its environmental impact. As

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Aspecta by Metroflor translates Declare labels

Norwalk, Conn.—Metroflor has published all the Declare labels for its Aspecta LVT commercial range in five languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German and Dutch. Rochelle Routman, Metroflor chief sustainability officer, who

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NeoCon celebrates 50 years of tomorrow’s design

Chicago—Registration is now open for the 50th edition of NeoCon, the world’s leading platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry. NeoCon 50 will take

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Couristan bolsters sales team

Fort Lee, N.J.—As Couristan prepares for an explosive 2018 and the launch of several new collections at Surfaces 2018, the company has hired two leading residential floor coverings sales executives

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