CERTIFIED products highlighted in IFMA magazine

CERTIFIED products highlighted in IFMA magazine

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How Climate Change Impacts Our Buildings and the People Inside—and Design Choices That Can Help

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Founded in 1908, IFMA is the worlds largest and most widely recognized association for facility management professionals, supporting over 24,000 members in more than  100 countries. Facilities managers have a significant role in how a building impacts the health and wellness of its occupants – from choice of products to cleaning and maintenace, right the way through the life cycle of the products. 

Derrell Jackson writes in the IFMA article,

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), more than 50 million Americans experience various types of allergies each year, and 25 million have asthma. As a result, indoor air quality has significant impacts on schools and workplaces: Asthma is the leading chronic cause of school absenteeism among children, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) estimates that poor air quality creates a combined loss of $15 billion annually for businesses due to worker inefficiency and sick days.  

A key intervention recommended by AAFA is to reduce exposure to allergens by using products that are CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®. This independent, physician-led certification by Allergy Standards Ltd sets strict standards for a variety of products and certifies those that are scientifically proven to reduce asthma and allergy triggers in indoor environments. 

Products, like those from Tarkett, CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® by the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program have all undergone independent scientific testing against strict standards. 

The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification has been approved by the US Green Buildings Council (USGBC) LEED® Building Rating System, making it a qualified third-party certification for the LEED v4.1 low-emitting materials credit. LEED  is a widely used green building rating system run by the USGBC, and provides a framework for healthy, efficient, carbon and cost-saving green buildings.

USGBCResilient and textile flooring, paint, and insulation products that are CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® are compliant with LEED Low-Emitting Materials credit requirements.

 

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