Armstrong Commercial Flooring, a floor products designer and manufacturer with a focus on innovation and environmental sustainability, has received NSF/ASNI 332 Gold Level certification for its Linoleum product line from NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides standards development, product certification, auditing, education and risk management for public health and the environment.
Armstrong’s BioBased Tile (BBT), a biobased content, non-PVC product that provides environmental attributes with enhanced performance over composition tile, was previously awarded NSF/ASNI 332 Gold Level.
The NSF/ANSI 332 Sustainability Assessment Standard for Resilient Floor Coverings is a standard that was created to identify the environmental performance and sustainability attributes of products and to provide a method of tracking incremental changes to the products’ sustainability profile. Using a point-based system, the NSF 332 standard measures five key areas: product design, manufacturing, long-term value, corporate governance and innovation. When audited against the NSF 332 standard, a product may achieve up to 100 possible points. Based on point values, products can be awarded Conformant, Silver, Gold and Platinum level certifications.
“Armstrong was involved in the development of NSF 332, believing green standards such as this can help provide a baseline performance level for ‘environmentally preferable’ products,’” says Dominic Rice, vice president of sales and marketing for Armstrong Commercial Flooring. “The standard provides a guide to look at not only the product, but the manufacturing process and company practices.”
These types of product standards provide a means for designers, architects, facility managers and purchasers to evaluate the sustainability of a range of products. These include vinyl composition tile, sheet vinyl flooring, vinyl tile, rubber sheet flooring, rubber tile, linoleum sheet flooring, linoleum tile, resilient wall base and resilient stair treads.