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Tremco is the first building envelope solutions provider to earn such certification.
BEACHWOOD, Ohio (June 19, 2012) – Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing (CS&W), a leading North American supplier of integrated building envelope solutions for the commercial construction industry, announced today that more than 30 of its products, including silicones, air barriers, gaskets, glazing tapes and extrusions, have been rigorously tested by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute and earned its indoor air quality (IAQ) certification to the stringent Children and Schools™ standard.“Tremco CS&W is the first integrated building envelope solutions provider to achieve GREENGUARD certification for its products. More market sectors, regulatory bodies and specifiers are emphasizing the importance of IAQ, and this certification gives Tremco CS&W a distinct competitive advantage that directly benefits our customers,” said Chuck Houk, president of Tremco CS&W.GREENGUARD Children and Schools Certification is globally recognized as meeting or exceeding all IAQ standards and is significantly stricter than methods mandated in most building codes and systems. It gives assurance that products affecting indoor spaces meet rigorous volatile organic emissions (VOE) limits, which contribute to healthier interiors. Achieving GREENGUARD Children and Schools Certification backs manufacturers’ sustainability claims with empirical scientific data from an unbiased, third-party organization. GREENGUARD is part of UL, an independent safety science company.VOE are compounds that slowly off-gas from products after they have been manufactured or installed. This includes building materials behind the façade of structures, such as adhesives, sealants, air barriers, gaskets and tapes. VOE from such building materials can diffuse through substrates or flow through windows or HVAC systems and affect IAQ.VOE contribute to pollutants indoors and exceeding their chronic exposure limits can negatively impact human health.VOE limitation is required for the Collaborative for High-Performance Schools protocol and LEED 2012 new emissions credit and is expected to be a compliance path over the next few years for the, Cal-Green Building Code, ASHRAE 189.1 and International Green Construction Code. There are two levels of GREENGUARD certification, each of which is based on comparisons of modeled results to chronic exposure limits of products. GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification is attained when products exhibit less than half the exposure limit. GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification is attained when products exhibit 1/100th the exposure limit. Tremco CS&W tested products have earned the Children & Schools Certification. Additional Tremco CS&W product tests are underway.About GREENGUARD Environmental InstituteThe GREENGUARD Environmental Institute aims to protect human health and improve quality of life by enhancing indoor air quality and reducing people’s exposure to chemicals and other pollutants. As an ISO-IEC Guide 65:1996 accredited, third-party organization, the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) certifies products and materials for low chemical emissions and provides a resource for choosing healthier products and materials for indoor environments. All certified products must meet stringent chemical emissions standards based on established criteria from key public health agencies. GREENGUARD Certification is broadly recognized and accepted by sustainable building programs and building codes worldwide. More information is available at www.greenguard.org.About Tremco Commercial Sealants & WaterproofingTremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing is North America’s leading supplier of integrated building envelope solutions for the commercial construction industry. Product lines include high performance silicone and urethane joint sealants, waterproofing membranes, drainage protection, air barrier systems, engineered transition assemblies, deck coatings, expansion joints, a full line of passive fire protection products and systems, and the industry’s only comprehensive line of glazing systems including silicone sealants, tapes, gaskets, and setting blocks. With experienced sales representatives in every major market throughout North America, Tremco is positioned to provide assistance for specification development, application-specific product development, problem-solving and assistance on- site. For more information about Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing and its product lines, go to www.tremcosealants.com.