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Certification & Search Terms

Sustainability. What To Look For…

As sustainability increasingly becomes a pre-requisite for new builds and interior design projects, we aim to provide you with a thorough understanding and search functionality for your design briefs.

Aged care facilities, hospitals, childcare centres, public spaces and commercial spaces often demand low or zero-emitting Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions to ensure they are safe and healthy for residents and visitors. Many of our Materialised products have been third-party certified to meet the standards and codes you require and can help contribute to your Green Star Interiors Rating.

Here is a summary of the different certification categories for products on our website. These products can be viewed through the sustainability search filter on our product pages.

GREENGUARD

GREENGUARD Certification ensures that a product has met some of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air. The information below has been republished from the GREENGUARD website.

What Is GREENGUARD Certification?

As the demand for healthier, more sustainable products continues to expand, consumers and building industry professionals increasingly demand substantiation of product sustainability claims and rely on trustworthy third-party certifiers to guide purchasing and specification decisions. GREENGUARD Certification provides the market with solutions and resources to identify products with lower chemical emissions, and provides manufacturers with credible tools to legitimise and promote their sustainability efforts.

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is closely tied to health, and is therefore recognised as an important concern in homes, schools, healthcare environments and commercial spaces. Volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from building materials and furnishings is a major source of indoor air pollution. GREENGUARD Certification has been widely adopted as a trusted standard for low-emitting products. In fact, more than 400 green building codes, standards, guidelines, procurements policies, and rating systems give credit for GREENGUARD Certified products.

GREENGUARD Certification emissions limits were first used as purchasing specifications for the US EPA and the State of Washington for furniture and commercial building products. GREENGUARD Certification criteria have been the basis for the LEED credit for low emitting furniture since 2002. Office Furniture products that are GREENGUARD Certified are also compliant with the BIFMA X7.1 standard and BIFMA e3 credit 7.6.1. Learn more from the GREENGUARD website.

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GREENGUARD Gold

Previously known as the Greenguard Children & Schools Certification, launched to address the indoor air quality needs of schools, daycares, and other sensitive environments in which children spend a lot of time. As such, it enforces stricter chemical emissions limits than the original certification.

What Is GREENGUARD GOLD Certification?

The GREENGUARD Gold standard includes health-based criteria for additional chemicals and also requires lower total VOC emissions levels to ensure that products are 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). Office Furniture products that are GREENGUARD Gold Certified are also compliant with the BIFMA X7.1 standard and BIFMA e3 credits 7.6.1, 7.6.2, and 7.6.3.

Learn more from the GREENGUARD website.

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IMO WheelMark Certification

WheelMark Certification is a relatively recent program. It embraces IMO certification and extends to the circumstances in which the fabric is produced, insuring sustainable practices are employed.

The IMO MED WheelMark is a quality management system which sets performance and testing standards for marine equipment placed on vessels sailing on international waters. The certification is recognised internationally and it remains valid for five years.

Some of our window, seat and wall fabrics have received the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Equipment Directive (MED) WheelMark certification.

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Oeko-Tex Certification

Oeko-Tex certification is about how the fabric is processed, including things like dyes and finishes. Oeko-Tex textiles and fabrics are certified free of harmful chemicals and are safe for human use. To attain Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification, the fabric has been tested and certified to be free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances known to be harmful to human health.

Key Points

  • The certification is voluntary.
  • It must be updated annually.
  • Certification is conducted by independent third party laboratories.
  • The criteria for Oeko-Tex testing is reviewed every year, so they’re always up to date.
  • The testing takes into account every conceivable way that harmful substances can enter the body.
  • Oeko-Tex is a global standard, so it’s the same in every country.
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Phthalate-Free

PHTHALATES are esters of phthalic acid commonly used to make PVC flexible. 

Phthalates are used in hundreds of products, probably the most visible as seating upholstery, and are commonly referred to as ‘plasticisers.’ 

These plasticisers are locked within the PVC.

There is considerable conjecture as to the safety of Phthalates and many manufacturers are finding alternative means of creating the necessary flexibility, badging them as Phthalate-free.

On the other hand, many Government scientific agencies and regulatory bodies worldwide, have supported the safety of phthalates in commercial products.

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PVC-Free

‘PVC free’ means that it does not contain Polyvinyl Chloride, a significant source of phthalates, also known as plasticisers.

Vinyl is commonly used as a shorthand name for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) plastic, as used in a range of products from flooring to siding to wall covering. Most commonly, when a product is referred to as “vinyl,” it is comprised primarily of PVC.

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