UL GREENGUARD® Certification provides manufacturers with a competitive advantage by evaluating the health impacts of products. Two tiers of certification are available: GREENGUARD Certification and GREENGUARD Gold Certification.
GREENGUARD Certification emissions limits were first used as purchasing specifications for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Washington for furniture and commercial building products. GREENGUARD Certification criteria have been the basis for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credit for low-emitting furniture since 2002. Office furniture products that are GREENGUARD Certified are also compliant with the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA) X7.1 standard and BIFMA e3 credit 7.6.1.
GREENGUARD Gold Certification
The GREENGUARD Gold Certification Standard includes health-based criteria for additional chemicals and also requires lower total volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions levels to ensure that products are acceptable for use in environments such as schools and health care facilities. In addition to limiting emissions of more than 360 VOCs and total chemical emissions, GREENGUARD Gold Certified products must also comply with requirements of the state of California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers, Version 1.1 (2010) (also known as California Section 01350 or CDPH v.1.1-2010). Office furniture products that are GREENGUARD Gold Certified are also compliant with the BIFMA X7.1 standard and BIFMA e3 credits 7.6.1, 7.6.2 and 7.6.3.
GREENGUARD Certification helps manufacturers make and market products that have low chemical emissions and contribute to the healthier indoor air. GREENGUARD Certified products are recognized, referenced or preferred by more than 450 federal purchasers, retailers, green building rating tools and building codes around the world.
The GREENGUARD Certification Mark communicates that representative samples of a product have undergone rigorous scientific testing to meet some of the world's most stringent chemical emissions requirements. This certification gives manufacturers a distinct competitive advantage in a marketplace in which consumers are increasingly concerned about the potential health effects of products.
Once a manufacturer initiates the GREENGUARD Certification process, we work closely with that manufacturer to develop a certification plan. This plan takes into account the manufacturer’s unique product line, manufacturing process and certification goals.. In addition, a technical account manager provides dedicated customer service throughout the certification process to ensure efficiency and availability for day-to-day concerns.
Timeline to achieve certification
Though timelines vary depending on a number of factors, including the complexity of the product, compliance of the sample tested, the number of manufacturing locations and the number of test groups, the following timeline is an approximation:
1. Manufacturer initiates intent to certify (one day)
2. Certification plan developed (one to four months)
- Planning meeting
- Manufacturing review
- Product evaluations
- Test groups established
3. Certification compliance tests (two to three weeks)
4. Final certification compliance package submitted to UL Environment (one week)
- Certification plan
- Compliance plan
5. GREENGUARD Certification awarded (one week)
- UL 2818 GREENGUARD Standard for Building Materials, Finishes and Furnishings
- UL 2821 GREENGUARD Test Method for Building Materials, Finishes and Furnishings
- UL 2819 GREENGUARD Standard for Electronic Equipment
- UL 2823 GREENGUARD Test Method for Electronic Equipment
- UL 2820 GREENGUARD Standard for Cleaning and Maintenance Products
- UL 2822 GREENGUARD Test Method for Cleaning and Maintenance Products
- CDPH Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers, Version 1.2