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.
Hard surface flooring materials and flooring adhesives:
FloorScore certified manufacturers operate under a written quality control plan, which includes strict requirements for supply chain management.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Internal peer review
A qualified SCS representative reviews the report, making any necessary corrections or changes before the report is sent to the client.
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.
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.
Certification Maintenance and Renewal
Periodic audits as required under the standard are conducted to maintain your certification and support continual improvement.
With FloorScore certification, qualify for the following LEED, CHPS and other rating systems:
Benefit from FloorScore® 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, although SCS indoor air quality standards do not include phthalates, SCS affiliated labs have the capacity to test for phthalates.
A CREL is a Chronic Reference Exposure Level for volatile organic compounds, as established by the California Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OHHEA).
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.