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GREENGUARD Certification

What is GREENGUARD® and how can I be assured of Maxxon's eligibilty for GREENGUARD Certification?

The mission of GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) is to improve public health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air.

It has been shown, and certified by the independent, third-party organization GREENGUARD by UL Environment that Maxxon's products do not emit excessive levels of chemicals, including VOCs, formaldehyde, total aldehydes and phthalates. Maxxon's products continue to maintain GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold Certification, and certification of that fact is available on greenguard.org, including useful information related to chemical emissions and what it means to be GREENGUARD Certified.

What is the difference between VOC Content and VOC Emissions?

VOC content is calculated by the physical presence of specific volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in a wet product formulation. This is generally applicable to adhesives and other wet products, like paints and coating. This is a specific list of chemicals that react with sunlight to form ground level ozone. VOC emissions, however, are calculated from the finished product, and evaluate all chemicals that are being emitted from the product itself, in its installed and cured format.

Certification Levels:

  • GREENGUARD Certified: Products with GREENGUARD Certification (formerly known as GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification) are compliant with stringent emission levels for over 360 VOCs, plus a limit on the total of all chemical emissions combined (TVOC).
  • GREENGUARD Gold Certified: The GREENGUARD Gold standard (formerly known as GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification) includes safety factors to account for sensitive individuals (such as children and the elderly) and ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. In addition to limiting emissions of more than 360 VOCs and total chemical emissions, GREENGUARD Gold Certified products must also comply with requirements of the State of California’s Department of Public Health “Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers, Version 1.1 (2010)” (also known as California Section 01350).
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