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Demand for green certifications promising for architects designers

on Monday,February 02,2009 22:02

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An institute that specializes in issuing green certifications has experienced an increased growth in applications, and projects that the trend will continue.

The Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI) has seen a more than 50 percent increase in certified products spanning a wide range of construction materials and furnishings. According to the institute''s statement, this is great news for architects, designers, builders and consumers who will have a broader choice when selecting healthy
products for indoor environments.

GEI''s activities are part of a larger effort to bring safe and non-toxic products to market. Its toughest standard requires products be screened for more than 10,000 different volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including phthalates, and must meet the required California chronic exposure levels including 13.5 parts per billion (ppb) formaldehyde.

Elevated levels of VOCs can cause short- and long-term health issues ranging from triggering asthma and allergy attacks to neurological and respiratory disease.

2008 saw a significant number of product recalls around the country, including cribs and furniture with elevated lead levels and children''s chairs recalled due to choking and fall hazards.
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