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SCS Floorscore Certification

Qualify for LEED credits with FloorScore®.

FloorScore®

Resilient Floor Coverings

Assure your customers that your hard surface flooring and flooring adhesives products meet the strict indoor air quality (IAQ) requirements of FloorScore®, the cost-effective certification program developed by Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) with SCS.

Products bearing the FloorScore label meet the indoor air quality emissions criteria of LEED, CHPS, the Green Guide for Health Care, and are recognized by a long list of healthy building programs. FloorScore certification is also a valuable stepping stone to sustainability certification under NSF/ANSI 332.

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Program Details

Eligible Products

Hard surface flooring materials and flooring adhesives:

  • Vinyl Sheet Flooring
  • Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT)
  • Solid Vinyl Tile (SVT) and Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
  • Linoleum
  • Rubber Flooring
  • Cork Flooring
  • Hardwood, Engineered and Bamboo Flooring
  • Laminate Flooring
  • Polymeric Flooring
  • Wall base and related products
  • Flooring Adhesives
Written Quality Control Plan

FloorScore certified manufacturers operate under a written quality control plan, which includes strict requirements for supply chain management.

Testing Procedures

FloorScore tests to the CA Section 01350 Specification, which includes the Chronic Reference Exposure Levels (CRELs) concentrations established by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and procedures developed by the US EPA. Assuming that other products in an office or classroom may be sources of VOCs, FloorScore certifies hard surface flooring products that do not exceed one-half the allowable concentration limits.

Process

  1. Apply for Certification

    Complete and submit an SCS Application Form. SCS scopes the project based on information provided in the application and prepares a proposal for your approval with a suggested timeline and quote. Once you approve the proposal, you sign a Work Order. An SCS account manager is be assigned to guide you through the certification process.

  2. Data Collection

    An SCS technical coordinator helps you assemble preliminary data that will be submitted to SCS. SCS reviews the product data, corporate documentation, manufacturing process, product formulation, testing, etc., and assesses your readiness for an audit. Once sufficient data is collected, an auditor is assigned.

  3. On-site Audit

    The auditor conducts an on-site audit to evaluate your data. The auditor interacts with your technical staff to clarify and obtain any additional information that might prove essential to reaching an accurate supportable evaluation.

  4. Draft Assessment Report

    The auditor writes a draft assessment report that details the findings of the audit, which includes data analysis, non-conformities, and opportunities for improvement.

  5. Internal peer review

    A qualified SCS representative reviews the report, making any necessary corrections or changes before the report is sent to the client.

  6. Corrective Actions

    You respond to any non-conformities with a Corrective Action Plan. You may also make comments and responses to the information contained in the report and the conclusions drawn by the auditor.

  7. Certification Decision

    SCS conducts a final technical review of the assessment report and makes the final certification decision. If certification is granted, SCS issues the certificate and final report to your facility or operation. Once certified, your company is listed in the Green Products Certificate Database on the SCS website.

  8. Certification Maintenance and Renewal

    Periodic audits as required under the standard are conducted to maintain your certification and support continual improvement.

Qualify For Credits

With FloorScore certification, qualify for the following LEED, CHPS and other rating systems:

  • USGBC LEED criteria for EQ4.3 (carpet systems, flooring)
  • Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) (low-emitting products)
  • California Section 01350 Specification Standard Method, Version 1.1 (2010)
  • Green Guide for Health Care
  • ANSI/GBI 01-2010 Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings
  • ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings
  • NAHB ANSI National Green Building Standard
  • HBN Pharos Project
  • NSF/ANSI 332-2010 Sustainability Assessment for Resilient Floor Coverings
  • EPA Tools for Schools Program

Benefits

Benefit from FloorScore® Certification

  • Provide safer, healthier work and home environments
  • Qualify for leading industry credits (e.g., LEED, BIFMA, CHPS, ASHRAE, NAHB)
  • Sell your products to schools and health care facilities by conforming with California 01350
  • Differentiate your products
  • Identify continuous improvement opportunities
  • Drive supply chain innovation

FAQs

What testing method is the basis for certification?

The basis of FloorScore claims is the California Standard Method for VOC Emissions Testing and Evaluation (Standard Method V1.1), otherwise known as CA Section 01350.

Who developed the FloorScore® Certification?

FloorScore® was developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) together with SCS to test and certify flooring products for compliance with indoor air quality emission requirements adopted in California.

What is the difference between VOCs and TVOCs?

VOC (volatile organic compound) reporting usually refers to emission levels of individual VOCs. TVOCs refer to total VOC emissions. It is possible for a TVOC number to mask an individual VOC emission that exceeds its safe limit.

What is the difference between VOCs and the list of California chemicals of concern?

VOCs are an expansive and ubiquitous class of chemicals that are transmitted through air. VOCs are both man-made and naturally occurring. The California Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) maintains an active list of VOCs. The California chemicals of concern are the approximately 3000 chemicals covered by a regulation under development by the California Department of Toxic Substance Control. The regulation is not yet in effect.

Is measuring TVOCs important?

Yes, a TVOC measurement can provide a valuable indication that there may be an excessive level of VOC emissions present. However, it does not reveal individual VOC levels that may be individually excessive, despite an acceptable TVOC test result.

Do you test for phthalates?

Yes, although SCS indoor air quality standards do not include phthalates, SCS affiliated labs have the capacity to test for phthalates.

What is a CREL?

A CREL is a Chronic Reference Exposure Level for volatile organic compounds, as established by the California Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OHHEA).

Does SCS provide certification support?

SCS provides ongoing program support, including on-going staff assistance, marketing and promotional support, and information about new or revised requirements. Certified clients will receive information about the logo approval system and use of SCS trademarks for both on-product and off-product promotions.

Standard

SCS EC10.3-2014 Indoor Air Quality Product Performance Standard for Building Interiors

Standard

Standard Method V1.1 (CA 01350)

Standard

LEED Green Building Rating Systems

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