GREEN BAY, WI - KI's latest collections have all received GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification® for low-emitting products by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI). Two classroom seating collections, Dorsal® and Intellect Wave™; two lines of tables, Inquire® and Athens®; KI's newest storage collection, Smart Touch™; and the new Strive® Seating Collection have recently been added to the list of more than 75 KI products that have earned GREENGUARD certification.
GREENGUARD certification is a referenced standard for furniture and other interior product manufacturers specified in projects based upon the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Rating System™. LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. GREENGUARD-certified furniture earns points toward projects receiving certification under the LEED for Commercial Interiors and LEED for Schools programs.
"As more facility managers seek LEED certification, they need environmentally friendly products that can help them achieve it," says Norman Nance, IIDA, AP, vice president-marketing, KI. "KI is continuing to design furniture that encompasses customers' needs for products that are safe, aesthetically pleasing, affordable, and help earn points toward LEED certification."
To achieve GREENGUARD certification, each product passed a series of demanding tests required by GEI that determined the products have low chemical emissions. GEI will monitor these products each quarter to ensure it maintains low-emitting status.
GEI's methodology for testing and certifying furniture was developed and validated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Technology Verification Program. Realistic, worst-case configurations of a product's components and materials are developed and placed in the environmental testing chambers.
GEI is an industry-independent, nonprofit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification Program. As an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer, GEI establishes acceptable indoor air standards for indoor products, environments and buildings. GEI's mission is to advance public health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air.
To view all KI's GREENGUARD-certified products, go to www.greenguard.org.
KI manufactures innovative furniture and wall system solutions for education, healthcare, business, commercial, and government markets. The employee-owned company is headquartered in Green Bay, WI, and operates sales offices and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. The company is unique in the industry in customizing its products to the specific needs of each customer with its "Market of One" design and manufacturing philosophy. For more information, visit www.ki.com.