The Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) and SCS Global Services announce a new program, Assured Certified, to ensure the continued growth and popularity of rigid core luxury vinyl tile (LVT) marketed and sold in North America.
“As part of our mission to support the interest of resilient flooring, RFCI and member manufacturers determined there was an urgent need to establish industry-wide standards for rigid core LVT quality, no matter where it’s made,” said Dean Thompson, president and CEO of RFCI.
Rigid core LVT is the fastest growing resilient flooring category. It has evolved quickly from an multilayer resilient concept—first as expanded polymer core (also called WPC), and quickly adding solid polymer core (SPC)—to a very popular, resilient waterproof flooring solution offered by many brands. Assure Certified flooring will be positioned as “Smart. Durable. Responsible.”
SCS Global Services (SCS), an international leader in third-party certification and standards development, will provide certification services and direct the testing protocol. This includes an assessment of the manufacturing quality control procedure for material suppliers, product traceability, chain of custody, internal QC testing and segregation of non-conforming products and materials. It also includes an on-site manufacturing facility audit, as well as performance testing in compliance with the rigid core ASTM standard, testing for heavy metals and ortho-phthalates content, and FloorScore testing for indoor air quality.
FloorScore, another RFCI program managed by SCS Global Services, is an industry-recognized indoor air quality (IAQ) certification standard for hard surface flooring materials, adhesives, and underlayments.
“The standards for the Assure Certfied program will be the best protection and quality assurance for all rigid core manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, retailers and, of course, consumers and end users,” Thompson said.
“Flooring customers are very informed and engaged in choosing safe, high performance flooring for their homes, offices, and other indoor uses,” said Nicole Muñoz, vice president of environmental certification services at SCS. “Assure Certified is a timely label for this rapidly developing flooring category.”
Rigid core manufacturers can contact SCS Global Services directly to start their certification process now, the organization said.