To buy a floor that is FloorScore certified simply means that your floor has passed indoor air quality (IAQ) requirements. Since we spend a majority of our time indoors, the quality of the air we breathe is very important to our health. Many flooring materials emit harmful amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air that can include dust, allergens, and even formaldehyde emissions, all of which are potentially carcinogenic. That’s why it’s important to shop for flooring that has been FloorScore certified, ensuring low VOC emissions that are not harmful.

What’s the history behind FloorScore certification?

FloorScore started with the Resilient Floor Covering Institute and Scientific Certification Systems. The purpose of FloorScore is to test and certify flooring products for compliance with indoor air quality emissions requirements adopted by California.

What does FloorScore measure?

Flooring materials that go through this test are measured for the emission levels of volatile organic compounds.

How does a product become FloorScore certified?

SCS Global Services organization uses a methodical 8-step process for any flooring product. Any company that becomes certified must renew its certification regularly to ensure its products are always up to standard.

  1. Initial application for certification. Companies must first complete and submit a formal SCS Global Services application form. Once received, SCS will draft a proposal with the necessary testing procedures to be conducted.
  2. Data Collection. SCS will review data such as product data, corporate documentation, manufacturing process, product formulation, and testing procedures. It’s in this step that SCS determines if a company can proceed based on the data reviewed.
  3. On-site Audit. An auditor interacts with the technical staff to discuss and obtain any additional information that could help build a thorough evaluation.
  4. Assessment Report. The auditor will create an assessment report that details the results and findings of the audit. Results include data analysis, any relevant non-conformities, and areas of improvement.
  5. Peer Review. Qualified SCS Global Services representatives review all draft assessments.
  6. Corrective Actions. If the business or organization’s assessment includes non-conformities, they have the opportunity to respond with a formal Corrective Action Plan.
  7. Final Certification Approval or Rejection. A technical review of the FloorScore assessment report is done and decision on final certification is made. Companies that become certified receive the temporary certificate and final report. Certified companies become listed in the Green Products Certificate Database on the SCS Global Services website.
  8. Certification Maintenance and Renewal. As mentioned previously, regular audits must be done in order to stay certified and promote continual improvement within all organizations and the flooring industry itself.

In this industry, being FloorScore certified is no small accomplishment. It’s a big step in providing safe flooring products for consumers who are actively looking for items that have their health and family’s health in mind. So, as you research and purchase flooring for your upcoming project, keep FloorScore certification in mind.