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Armstrong’s VCT Products Now NSF/ANSI 332 Gold Level Certified

Armstrong Commercial Flooring, a leader in the design and manufacture of floor products and the market leader in vinyl composition tile (VCT), has been awarded NSF/ASNI 332 Gold Level certification for its VCT products, certified by UL Environment, a global independent safety science company.

Armstrong VCT Products
Armstrong’s VCT sets the industry standard. Customers continually rate it #1 for quality, durability, value and service. Visuals range from traffic-hiding, through-color chips to distinctive, non-directional patterns.

The company’s Stonetex® tile is available in two sizes – 18”x18” and 12”x12” – an industry first. The products are manufactured in the U.S. at the company’s Jackson, MS; Kankakee, IL; and South Gate, CA facilities. VCT recycling also is part of the Armstrong cradle-to-cradle process, designed to reduce environmental impact.

NSF/ANSI 332
The NSF/ANSI 332 Sustainability Assessment Standard for Resilient Floor Coverings is a standard that was created to identify the environmental performance and sustainability attributes of products and to provide a method of tracking incremental changes to the products' sustainability profile.

The Value of Sustainability Standards
“Standards such as NSF 332 have made an impact as they provide transparency and an objective standard for designers, architects, facility managers and purchasers to evaluate the sustainability of a range of products,” said Dominic Rice, vice president and general manager, Armstrong Commercial Flooring. “It helps avoid green washing and helps to increase awareness of the sustainability of resilient flooring to our customers. We need to continue to have these standards, especially NSF 332, included in project specifications.”

About the NSF 332 Standard
The standard applies to all resilient flooring including vinyl flooring, rubber flooring, linoleum, cork, and polymeric flooring made from materials other than PVC. Using a point-based system, the NSF 332 standard measures five key areas: product design, manufacturing, long-term value, corporate governance and innovation. When audited against the NSF 332 standard, a product may achieve up to 100 possible points. The resilient standard comes in four levels: conformant, silver, gold and platinum.

More Armstrong Products with 332 Gold Level Certification
Armstrong’s BioBased Tile® (BBT®), a biobased content, non-PVC product, and Linoleum, the original sustainable floor product, also were previously awarded NSF/ASNI 332 Gold Level.

Green Solutions from Armstrong
Armstrong’s broad portfolio of commercial floor products lets customers choose from a wide variety of green, greener and greenest solutions. They include Migrations® and Striations BBT®, linoleum, LVT, commercial hardwood, sheet, VCT and specialty flooring – all of which contribute to or comply with at least one LEED® requirement.

All Armstrong® resilient products are FloorScore® Certified and independently tested and certified for compliance with California Department of Public Health Method V1.1-2010 for low VOC emissions and can comply with credit EQ4.3. In addition, all products can be installed using adhesives that comply with LEED credit EQ4.1 for low-emitting adhesives.

Raffia™ Premium Tile from Armstrong Commercial Floors goes beyond the square in a new, rectangular tile with a long, linear, carved visual for endless design creativity. It contains pre- and post-consumer-recycled content, helping to avoid landfill waste, and is both FloorScore™ and NSF/ASNI 332 Gold certified.


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Armstrong World Industries
Armstrong World Industries, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of floors, ceilings and cabinets with a focus on innovation, design and environmental sustainability. In 2010, Armstrong’s consolidated net sales totaled approximately $2.8 billion. Based in Lancaster, PA, Armstrong operates 33 plants in eight countries and has approximately 9,500 employees worldwide.  www.armstrong.com

News contacts: Patricia Fanty
plfanty@armstrong.com

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