BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), an environmental assessment program for buildings, has cited FloorScore certified flooring products as eligible for credits under its indoor air quality requirements.
The FloorScore program is administered by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), a nonprofit industry organization representing more than 95% of resilient flooring marketed in North America. The certification standard for FloorScore was developed by SCS Global Services—in consultation with RFCI and with multi-stakeholder input.
According to the organization, BREEAM has certified 425,000 buildings around the world since its launch in 1990. BREEAM addresses wide-ranging environmental and sustainability issues and enables developers, designers and building managers to document the environmental credentials of their buildings. The system uses a straightforward scoring method that is transparent, flexible, easy to understand and supported by evidence-based science and research.
In addition to BREEAM, several U.S. Green Building Council LEED systems cite FloorScore as an indicator of indoor air quality, including new construction, commercial interiors, core and shell, healthcare and LEED for homes. FloorScore also is included in environmental rating systems such as the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes, Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), Green Guide for Health Care and EPA’s Tools for Schools.