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"FloorScore uses a health-based approach that puts limits on individual chemicals rather than total VOC concentrations," explains Bill Freeman, RFCI Technical Consultant.
"We are pleased that BREEAM, an environmental rating system recognized globally, has named FloorScore as an accepted certification program," said Dean Thompson, RFCI president.
RFCI is a nonprofit industry trade association that represents manufacturers of more than 95% of all resilient flooring marketed throughout North America.
The FloorScore standard was developed by SCS Global Services ( in collaboration with RFCI following several years of extensive testing.
The RFCI was pilot-tested in several populations and revisions were made based on problems found in the test, such as a figure which was too big to be usable and a context which was not quite identical to the original in a physics sense (McCullough 2001).
"Thinking about occupant health and productivity, VOCs are normally the first issue that specifiers and owners are concerned about," explains Bill Freeman, consultant to the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI).
The FloorScore program implemented California's stringent emissions requirements for resilient flooring products and was developed by RFCI and Underwriter Laboratories (UL) Environmental.
According to the LaGrange, GA-based Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), resilient flooring refers to flooring materials that have a relatively firm surface, yet characteristically "give" and "bounce back" to their original surface profile from the weight of objects that compress its surface.