When we choose products to install inside a building, indoor air quality is a big factor. This is because people spend up to 90% of their time indoors and are far more likely to be affected by pollutants inside than out. Poor indoor air quality can be caused by a number of factors, including inadequate ventilation, poor cleaning, and excessive emissions from all building products like floor finishes, furnishings and wall coverings.
VOCs are organic compounds that are released into the atmosphere by some substances and products. It's thought that exposure to VOCs can cause problems like sick building syndrome, diminished learning in schools, and reduced productivity in offices. And, VOCs are typically five times more concentrated indoors than outdoors.
Altro safety flooring has undergone rigorous external VOC testing. It's compliant with national and international indoor air quality schemes including FloorScore, which is with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in North America. All of our safety flooring and Altro Whiterock wall cladding are compliant. In fact, VOC emissions for Altro Whiterock are below detectable limits.
The FloorScore® program, developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) in conjunction with Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), tests and certifies flooring products for compliance with indoor air quality emission requirements adopted nation-wide. FloorScore is an accepted compliance path under the USGBC's LEED green building system for Credit 4.3.
Altro safety flooring, as well as Altro Quartz Tile are FloorScore Certified and may help contribute to LEED Credits.