Mannington Wins First Environmentally Preferred Product Designation for Vinyl Sheet Flooring

SALEM, N.J., July 16, 2008 – Mannington Commercial has become the first floor covering company to gain a certification of Environmentally Preferred Product (EPP) for all of its commercial inlaid resilient flooring. "Inlaid" flooring, in this case, means commercial sheet vinyl with a consistent pattern throughout, rather than one that is printed on the top layers.  

Mannington, based here in Salem, received EPP recognition by achieving a gold certification to the draft American National Standard for Sustainability Assessment for Resilient Floor Coverings (NSF-332).  The standard covers many sustainability factors, not only in the actual product but also in the design and manufacturing processes, the facility and the entire company.  

Dave Kitts, Mannington's vice president--environment, explained that credit is given for such things as identifying and minimizing use of chemicals of concern, and even for trying to influence companies in the supply chain to adopt environmental measures.   In the manufacturing process, the standards focus on environmental management systems and on key metrics such as reducing energy and water use. "Some credits for the actual product concentrate on long-term value," Kitts said. "For example, it must be durable and fire resistant, and it must protect indoor air quality while in use (by not emitting volatile organic compounds)."  

The company itself must show progressive corporate governance. This category includes workforce wellbeing and engagement with the community.  

The draft standard awards additional credits for innovation within the different categories. "Mannington received credits for accomplishments in waste reduction and energy saving, for a unique high-recycled-content product, and for a product improvement that dramatically increased durability," Kitts said.  

The draft was developed by NSF International, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., and by member companies of the Resilient Floor Covering Institute, a trade association based in LaGrange, Ga.  It is now in its three-year trial-use period. The goal is to issue a final American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard by 2010.  

When NSF first announced the draft standard last year, Jane Wilson, director of standards, explained that, as more and more products making sustainability claims enter the market, a consensus standard would help consumers compare products and performance.  

The draft standard is proceeding through ANSI's open consensus review process. According to an NSF spokesperson, "further development will be completed by a balanced committee of volunteer stakeholders representing environmental regulatory officials, manufacturers, suppliers, architects, designers, building product specifiers, facility managers, and environmental and consumer groups."  

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