Interface was the first North American carpet manufacturer to publish a third party verified Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and we’ve since expanded our EPDs into seven product categories. Now, 99% of Interface products globally have an EPD.
What is an EPD?
An EPD provides the product ingredients and environmental impacts that happen during the entire life of a product. It’s similar to the ingredient and nutrition labels on food. Instead of calories and recommended daily allowances, an EPD shows things like raw material extraction, energy use, air, soil and water emissions and water use and waste generation.
Why create an EPD?
Creating an EPD requires the increased transparency that people are requesting and we are committed to being open about our products’ environmental impact. Not just a green claim or promise, an EPD shares product information in a consistent way, certified to a public standard and verified by a credible third party.
For customers seeking LEED certification, our product specific EPDs contribute to the LEED v4 Building Product Disclosure and Optimization credit that reward product transparency and environmental impact reduction.
How are EPDs created?
Companies must commit to fully disclose what is usually confidential information about how products are made. In addition, companies must perform a comprehensive life cycle assessment according to ISO 14040 standards. From this information, an Environmental Product Declaration is developed based on ISO 14025 standards. Both the EPD and the LCA have to be third party verified.
The full name of HPD certification is "Healthy Products Declaration" and it's collaborative is a not-for-profit, share a common purpose to improve the transparency of information and the material health of the built environment. is the health and safety of building materials and products to the public to make a statement of health certification.
Applicants for HPD certification must declare that the product contains all known toxic or hazardous substances, healthy products life concern product environmental and social benefits, focus on energy sustainability, but also help to improve the health of the built environment.
The HPD Open Standard specification is harmonized with programs of International Living Future Institute, Cradle-to-Cradle Product Innovation Institute, Clean Production Action, BIFMA, LEED, WELL and a growing number of rating and certification standards in the building industry.
The Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label Plus programme sets a high standard for indoor air quality by certifying products with very low levels of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. As a prerequisite for initial certification, carpets must undergo a 14-day testing process as directed by California's Section 01350 Standard Practice for VOC Testing. View our certificates here.
Products awarded the GREENGUARD Gold Certification by UL Environment are subject to advanced dynamic environmental chamber testing, along with exposure modelling and analytical measurements, to ensure they do not contain more than stipulated levels of VOCs, formaldehyde, ozone and phthalates. The certification tests for suitability of the use of these products by sensitive individuals such as children and the elderly. Our tiles backed with GlasBac® and GlasBac®RE are GREENGUARD Gold certified. View our GREENGUARD certificates here.
FloorScore® is an indoor air quality (IAQ) certification standard for hard surface flooring materials, adhesives and underlayments. Jointly developed by SCS Global Services and Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), FloorScore® is recognised by building rating systems including LEED v4, WELL, BREEAM, and CHPS. View our FloorScore® certificates here.
NSF/ANSI 140 Sustainability Assessment for Carpet is a U.S. national standard that measures and certifies the sustainability of commercial carpets based on lifecycle assessment principles. All our carpets made in China are Gold certified. NSF/ANSI 332 Sustainability Assessment for Resilient Floor Coverings is a U.S. national standard that measures and certifies the sustainability of resilient flooring products based on lifecycle assessment principles. All Interface luxury vinyl tiles are Silver certified. Our certificate is available upon request.
Global GreenTag's GreenRate certification – Level A Global GreenTag’s GreenRate certification is a product rating system recognised by the Green Building Council of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. It has been set up to meet the criteria of the Green Star® “Sustainable Products” credits. Interface luxury vinyl tiles are certified “Level A”.
Concerns about the environmental and health impacts of PVC building products led to the development of the PVC Best Practice Guidelines by the Green Building Council of Australia under its Green Star programme, which “assesses the sustainable design, construction and operation of buildings, fitouts and communities”. A credit can be earned within Green Star when the PVC products used meet the Best Practice Guidelines. Interface products made in China have been assessed and verified by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance to comply with the Green Building Council of Australia’s Best Environmental Practice PVC.
ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) is a global network that identifies what international standards are required by business, government and society, develops them in partnership with the sectors that will put them to use, adopts them by transparent procedures based on national input and delivers them to be implemented worldwide. All Interface modular carpet manufacturing facilities worldwide maintain registration to ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems and ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.
The flooring products that we sell including carpet tile, LVT and nora® rubber are carbon neutral across their full product life cycle through our third party verified Carbon Neutral Floors™ program. For more information, please click here.
Interface, Inc. is a global flooring solutions enterprise with an integrated portfolio of carpet tile and resilient flooring products, where everything is third-party certified carbon neutral. With our design approach to flooring systems, we help our customers create high-performance interior spaces that have a positive impact on people’s lives and the planet. Our range includes Interface® carpet tile and LVT, nora® by Interface rubber flooring, and FLOR® premium area rugs for commercial and residential spaces.
Interface is third-party certified as a Carbon Neutral Enterprise. We neutralized our carbon impact across our entire business, including all operations and our full value chain, marking an important milestone toward our objective to become a restorative and carbon negative enterprise by 2040.
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