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03/23/2009

Bretford Products Earn GREENGUARD Certification

 

CHICAGO – Reinforcing its efforts toward the production of furniture that is safe for people and the environment, Bretford Manufacturing Inc. recently revealed that more of its laminate tables, carts and accessories have been GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Certified® by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI). The newly approved models have achieved the GREENGUARD standard for low-emitting products and for the Children & SchoolsSM product certification program.

With these additions, a total of 88 Bretford products now bear the trusted GREENGUARD logo and can be specified to help commercial facilities achieve Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) points.

“We take the safety of our products very seriously, especially those used in educational facilities where children are present,” explains Tad Petrick, director of marketing and product development for Bretford Manufacturing. “We continue to have our furniture models tested and certified so that we may contribute to healthy learning and working environments. At the same time, the certifications give our architects, designers and facility managers the ability to specify Bretford for their LEED projects.”

According to GEI, good IAQ is important for the health of all people. Elevated levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) contribute to poor IAQ and causes short- and long-term health issues ranging from asthma and allergies to neurological and respiratory disease. GREENGUARD-certified products continue to show significant reduction in both the individual chemicals emitting from their products the overall amounts of chemicals being released.

Among the newly certified models are laminate versions of Bretford’s RHOMBII training tables (Edge 16) and power systems, as well as an array of technology carts, including the TC Series Flat Panel Carts, FP Series Cabinet and Freestanding Carts, FPBBUL Carts, and many of the company’s traditional AV, data projector and adjustable height AV carts. For a complete list of certified models, click here.

To learn more about Bretford’s GREENGUARD-certified products, call (800) 521-9614 or go to www.bretford.com.

About the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
Founded in 2001, GEI is an industry-independent, nonprofit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification ProgramSM. The Institute's mission is to protect human health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air that people breathe. As an ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer, GEI establishes acceptable indoor air standards for building materials, interior products, furnishings, electronic equipment, indoor environments and buildings. The more than 200,000 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 (USGBC) LEED program. An online guide to GREENGUARD-certified products is available at no charge at
www.greenguard.org.

About Bretford Manufacturing Inc.
Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Franklin Park, IL, Bretford Manufacturing Inc. is a supplier of technology and media furniture that improves how people work and learn. Bretford holds more than six decades of expertise dedicated solely to the design and manufacture of furniture solutions. With nearly 400 employees and 450,000 square feet of production space, the company offers smart furniture designs that support evolving technology, enabling institutions, organizations and corporations to increase productivity and efficiency. Bretford’s superior workmanship and environmentally compliant manufacturing and operation practices ensure dependable products, many of which are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®. Visit www.bretford.com for more information.

 

 
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