Armstrong Commercial Flooring, a leader in the design and manufacture of floor products and the market leader in vinyl composition tile (VCT), has been awarded NSF/ANSI 332 Gold Level certification for its VCT products, certified by UL Environment, a global independent safety science company.
Armstrong’s VCT sets the industry standard; customers continually rate it number one for quality, durability, value and service. Visuals range from traffic-hiding, through-color chips to distinctive, non-directional patterns. The company’s Stonetex® tile is available in two sizes – 18”x18” and 12”x12” – an industry first. The products are manufactured in the U.S. at the company’s Jackson MS, Kankakee IL and South Gate CA facilities. VCT recycling also is part of the Armstrong cradle-to-cradle process designed to reduce environmental impact.
The NSF/ANSI 332 Sustainability Assessment Standard for Resilient Floor Coverings is a standard that was created to identify the environmental performance and sustainability attributes of products and to provide a method of tracking incremental changes to the products’ sustainability profile.
“Standards such as NSF 332 have made an impact as they provide transparency and an objective standard for designers, architects, facility managers and purchasers to evaluate the sustainability of a range of products,” said Dominic Rice, Vice President and General Manager, Armstrong Commercial Flooring. “It helps avoid green washing and helps to increase awareness of the sustainability of resilient flooring to our customers. We need to continue to have these standards, especially NSF 332, included in project specifications.”
The standard applies to all resilient flooring including vinyl flooring, rubber flooring, linoleum, cork, and polymeric flooring made from materials other than PVC. Using a point-based system, the NSF 332 standard measures five key areas: product design, manufacturing, long-term value, corporate governance and innovation. When audited against the NSF 332 standard, a product may achieve up to 100 possible points. The resilient standard comes in four levels—conformant, silver, gold and platinum.