Indiana Furniture is gaining broad recognition for the environmental benefits of its ultraviolet finish. Most recently, a number of products received GREENGUARD Certification—a coveted third-party certification for products that safeguard indoor air quality.
The certification—which extends to products in the company's Promise, Centennial, Revolutions, and Madera desk and casegoods lines—means the products meet the independent GREENGUARD Environmental Institute's high standards for indoor air quality—the most stringent standards in the global market. They also meet BIFMA standards for low-emitting office furniture systems and earn points for LEED® Credit 4.5.
Once cured by UV light, the finish won't emit toxins, formaldehyde, or solvents into the air—creating a cleaner, healthier environment for those working with the finish and those working in environments where it's specified.
"We are pleased to welcome Indiana Furniture as a participating manufacturer in the GREENGUARD Certification Program," says Marilyn Black, founder of GEI. "By attaining this certification, Indiana Furniture continues to show its leadership in addressing concerns of the community."
Indiana Furniture is one of the first to use a GREENGUARD-certified finish on all exposed surfaces, not just the top surface, and to offer the finish standard on hundreds of desking and casegoods products.
"Our investment in UV Advantage is part of Indiana Furniture's continued interest in using leading-edge technology in pursuit of responsible environmental practices," says Rich Slayton, president and CEO.
Beyond earth-friendly, adds Slayton, the UV Advantage finish is earning kudos for durability—earning an outstanding five out of five rating in durability testing (most topcoat finishes rank three or less). It's extremely hard—practically impervious to scratches, water stains, and most chemicals. And the finish won't darken or yellow with age.
Attaining GREENGUARD Certification on products in its standard line is part of Indiana Furniture's ongoing effort to make it easy and affordable to specify on LEED projects.
With the certification in place, the company will expand its offering of the environmentally safe finish to further product lines. "We want to make it simple and affordable to specify products that contribute to creating more healthful places for people to work," concludes Slayton.
About Indiana Furniture
Indiana Furniture has been making high quality wood furniture for more than 100 years. The company employs more than 300 workers and operates more than 600,000 square feet of technologically advanced manufacturing space. Indiana Furniture produces 14 lines of modular desks and casegoods, 30 seating lines, products for conference rooms and board rooms, and is continuously introducing fresh and innovative products to meet the diverse needs and interests of its customers.
About GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
Founded in 2001, GEI is an industry independent, nonprofit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification Programs. The Institute's mission is to protect human health and quality of life through programs that improve the quality of indoor air. As an ANSI accredited standards developer, GEI establishes acceptable standards for building materials, interior products, electronic equipment, indoor environments, and buildings. The more than 165,000 GREENGUARD-certified products must meet stringent, third-party standards for low chemical emissions based on established health standards and undergo rigorous testing and verification processes on a regular basis. GREENGUARD Certification is broadly recognized and accepted by a number of green building programs, including the United States Green Building Council's LEED program. For more information, go to www.greenguard.org.