The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) recently hosted the 2004 ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Flooring Conference in Key West, Fla. Attendees discussed updated standards and improved testing methods for laminate flooring. Representatives from eight European countries attended, along with several NALFA representatives.

At the ISO conference, NALFA representatives John Snow and Dennis Bradway presented the new FL-01-2003 ANSI-approved norm for laminate flooring, which provides a three-tiered standard of usage for residential, light commercial and commercial installations. Snow also presented a study on a new method of measuring abrasion resistance, which is expected to change all existing methods used for laminate flooring, according to NALFA.