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Herman Miller Office Seating Earns GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification

Submitted by: GREENGUARD Environmental Institute

Categories: Environment

Posted: Aug 01, 2003 – 12:00 AM EST

 

Aug. 01 /CSRwire/ - ATLANTA, GA - The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) has awarded Herman Miller's office seating GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification for low emitting products. The seating was tested and certified by the GEI to have low chemical emissions that meet or exceed the GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Standards. Products certified by the GEI must pass a series of rigorous emissions tests and undergo quarterly monitoring tests to ensure their low emitting status.

GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® furniture and furnishings enable architects and designers achieve points for the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) Program. GREENGUARD tested and certified office furniture is a requirement stated reference for Credit 4.5 in the Indoor Environmental Quality section.

Common interior furnishings and building materials release odorous or potentially irritating contaminants into the indoor environment, which may negatively affect people's health. Products certified by the GEI help to significantly reduce indoor air pollution. Builders, architects, interior designers, specifying professionals, and consumers can use GREENGUARD Certified Products to create better interior environments. The Institute provides a free online guide to GREENGUARD tested and certified products to help those in the building/design industry and consumers locate low emitting products.

"With internationally acclaimed furniture designers like Herman Miller recognizing the importance of indoor air quality, designers and specifiers have a wide variety of choices and do not have to compromise when using low emitting furnishings," says Henning Bloech, GEI Director of Communications. "We applaud the leadership position Herman Miller has taken in their commitment to indoor air quality and environmental principles."

Herman Miller creates great places to work by researching, designing, manufacturing, and distributing innovative interior furnishings that support organizations and individuals all over the world. Herman Miller is widely recognized both for its innovative designs and business practices, including a five decades commitment to environmental principles that are reflected today in its products, facilities and operations. Again in 2003, the company was included in Business Ethics magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens" and in the "Sustainable Business Top 20." Herman Miller is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the only furniture manufacturer included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, visit www.hermanmiller.com.

About the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute is an independent, non-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification Program, including the establishment of acceptable standards for indoor products and testing protocols. The Institute's goal is to improve public health and quality of life by helping manufacturers build better and safer products. The GREENGUARD Certification Program is the only independent testing program for low-emitting products. Access to the GREENGUARD Product Guide(TM), at www.greenguard.org, is provided at no charge.

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