GREENGUARD Certification strives to protect human health and quality of life by establishing standards and certification programs to reduce exposure to chemicals and to improve indoor air quality. The GREENGUARD standards are among the most stringent indoor air quality standards in the world, and they are based on available standards and guidelines from national and international public health agencies. Not all GREENGUARD standards are ANSI standards. However, all GREENGUARD standards are documented, publicly available (along with test protocols) and have been reviewed by public health/toxicology advisory groups.
GREENGUARD Gold Certification (formerly known as GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification) offers stricter certification criteria, considers 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. It is referenced by both The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System.
Children are more sensitive to environmental exposures than adults because their bodies and brains are still developing. They breathe faster than adults and in return receive a higher dose of indoor pollution per body weight. To account for inhalation exposure to young children, a body burden correction factor has been applied to the current GREENGUARD GOLD allowable levels. To achieve GREENGUARD GOLD these lower allowable emissions criteria must be met along with additional chemical criteria regarding VOCs, Formaldehydes and Phthalates.
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