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Latest initiatives reinforce green awareness

Resilient segment continues to strive for sustainability

Nov. 4/11 2013; Volume 27/number 14

By Louis Iannaco

Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 6.08.48 PMHicksville, N.Y.‑With the recent vote to adopt LEED v4 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which will officially set sail during the upcoming Greenbuild conference in Philadelphia, the resilient segment fared better than had previous drafts passed, even if the industry believes it is not perfect. Continue reading Latest initiatives reinforce green awareness

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RFCI develops product transparent declarations

Oct. 21/28 2013; Volume 27/number 13

Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 3.53.39 PMLaGrange, Ga.—The Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) has developed Product Transparency Declarations (PTD) as tools for disclosing product ingredients and performing health risk assessments on finished flooring materials. RFCI officials said the declarations address the informational needs of architects, designers and specifiers by disclosing intentionally added ingredients including heavy metals, acknowledging ingredients on six authoritative lists and indicating whether the ingredient level triggers an exposure warning notification based on content in the building material or product. Continue reading RFCI develops product transparent declarations

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Resilient institute develops product declarations

Screen Shot 2013-10-11 at 11.48.16 AMLaGrange, Ga.—The Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) announced it has developed Product Transparency Declarations as a tool for disclosing product ingredients and performing a health risk assessment on finished flooring materials.

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Karndean Designflooring becomes FloorScore certified

Export, Penn. — Karndean Designflooring’s luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring products have become FloorScore certified in the resilient flooring category.

The FloorScore program, developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) in conjunction with Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), tests and certifies resilient flooring and adhesive products for compliance with indoor air quality emissions requirements. Floors bearing the FloorScore seal are recognized as contributing to good indoor air quality in order to protect human health. Continue reading Karndean Designflooring becomes FloorScore certified

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Vinyl’s value proposition

Durability, sustainability, versatility are highlighted characteristics

By Jenna Lippin

Volume 26/Number 24; April 15/22, 2013

Aspire, Metroflor’s latest LVT product, is a floating, groutable tile that ‘gives the sensation of walking on a thick, solid, warm floor,’ according to Russ Rogg, president and CEO.

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 and performance.

Allen Cubell, vice present of residential product management at Armstrong, summed up all the benefits resilient offers. “Vinyl today provides the best combination of beauty, performance and installation options—the ‘big three’ features in flooring [all at a value price point]. From a beauty standpoint, design execution has leap-frogged other categories like laminate and ceramic. Those other categories are all playing catch-up with design. From a performance standpoint, vinyl has always won. Now add on all the installation options with glue-down, floating, loose lay, etc., and there’s every reason in the world to install a vinyl floor.” Continue reading Vinyl’s value proposition

Mohawk, Quick•Step & Columbia laminate earn FloorScore certification

Dallas – Mohawk, Quick•Step, and Columbia laminate have recently earned the highly-coveted FloorScore certification by passing one of the most stringent indoor air quality certification programs in the world.  FloorScore tests for 78 volatile organic compounds (VOCs), some of which are identified as known carcinogens or reproductive toxins. All Mohawk, Quick•Step, and Columbia laminate products are officially FloorScore certified. Continue reading Mohawk, Quick•Step & Columbia laminate earn FloorScore certification

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RFCI promotes, protects resilient category

By Steven Feldman

The RFCI looks after the best interests of the category by advocating for science-backed solutions as well as through education.

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF.—The Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) continues to grow, both in terms of numbers and viability. The group, which held its fall meeting here Oct. 17 and 18, currently represents nearly all resilient flooring manufacturers and products sold throughout North America, and its impact is being felt from many standpoints.

Fundamentally, there
 are two current strategic
areas in which RFCI plays:
 (1) advocacy/defense of
vinyl flooring products and
 (2) sustainability initiatives. “We defend where
 any flooring products are faced with deselection,”
said Dean Thompson, president of the group. That includes everything from a federal regulation to state legislation to non-governmental organization (NGO) standards such as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) proposing to award credits within LEED for the non-use of certain materials, such as PVC. Continue reading RFCI promotes, protects resilient category