Teknion Corporation has become the first major office furniture manufacturer to achieve GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification for Indoor Air Quality for its major systems and seating products. GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification presents the most stringent emissions criteria for products, and meets the State of Californias requirements (Section 01350) for testing and qualifying low-emitting materials.
The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute developed the GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification program to specifically address the chemical sensitivities of children within the school population, says Carl Smith, GEI CEO. Research indicates that, per pound of body weight, children consume more food, water and air than adults, making them more sensitive to environmental toxins. The GREENGUARD Children & Schools Program requires that products meet lower emission limits. As a long-time supporter of GREENGUARD and the first systems furniture manufacturer to attain GREENGUARD Certification for its major product lines, we congratulate Teknion for its ongoing commitment to improved air quality.
We will continue to focus on product emission testing, ensuring that our products receive GREENGUARD low-emission certification, says Scott Deugo, Teknions Senior Vice President of Design, Marketing and Sustainable Development. Our commitment to improving the health and environmental impacts of our products for both customers and employees now includes meeting the new, more stringent GREENGUARD for Children & Schools criteria for many product lines.
The Children & Schools standard is also applicable to hospitals, healthcare, education (front and back office) and corporate clients demanding the lowest-emitting furniture available. The program has the most stringent third-party emission limits for chemical contaminants, and is specified in the U.S. Green Building Councils newest rating systems LEED for Schools and LEED for Healthcare, the Green Guide for Healthcare and other national green building programs.
Teknions Transit, T/O/S, Leverage, ie, xm and Lyft products specified without wood have been certified to Children & Schools. Certified upholstered seating includes Contessa, Amicus, Dharma, Harrington, Metrix, Savera and others. Certified lounge seating includes Aegis, Belize, Nami, Tux, Vasari and Zone. Teknion continues to pursue certification for additional products to this standard.