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Naturally, we care about air quality.

At Columbia we have a healthy respect for our environment. Each floor we make, whether it is wood or laminate, celebrates the natural beauty of our trees and forests. We take care to harvest wood products responsibly and thoughtfully consider the type of materials that go into the manufacturing of our products.

 

All laminate and engineered wood flooring manufactured and sold by Columbia have been tested in accordance with the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) 93120 Title 17, California Code of Regulations, and meets the CARB Phase 2 standards. The state of California devised this standard and began its implementation in 2008 to reduce the formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products and finished goods that contain composite wood products that are sold, offered for sale, supplied, used or manufactured for sale in California. While formaldehyde is a naturally occurring substance in all wood, high levels considered harmful for humans can occur when resins and glues containing high levels of formaldehyde are used to manufacture laminate core board and plywood for engineered wood flooring.

 

As required by CARB’s ATCM 93120, all of Columbia’s laminate core board and engineered wood plywood manufacturing facilities and suppliers were audited and samples were randomly selected for testing by an independent Third Party Certifier approved by CARB. Based upon results achieved by independent Third Party Certifiers, all Columbia laminate flooring and all engineered wood flooring is Phase 2 as defined by CARB’s ATCM 93120 and, therefore, compliant with the law. Columbia regularly checks to ensure all certifications are updated and that all CARB requirements are being met.

In addition, all Columbia manufactured laminate and engineered wood products have been tested by an independent laboratory and have been awarded FloorScore® certification based on the CDPH Standard Method v1.1. This means Columbia products do not release any harmful VOC’s into living environments and are recognized as compliant for the following use standards:

  • CALGreen, CA Code of Regulations Title 24, Part II, 2012
  • USGBC LEED CI, NC, Schools, Healthcare, 2009
  • USGBC LEED Version 4, BD&C, ID&C, 2013
  • Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), National Core Criteria, 2013
  • ANSI/GBI 01-2010, Green Building Assessment Protocol

All Columbia laminate flooring is certified by NALFA (North American Laminate Flooring Association) as well. The NALFA certified flooring has passed 10 rigorous performance tests that include everything from how well it resists water, light and stains to whether it can be damaged when a large object is dropped and if it meets California CARB requirements. NALFA uses independent, third party testing laboratories to assure that NALFA certified laminate floors meet demanding performance standards. The NALFA certification seal means you are investing in high quality flooring and will have the peace of mind to know you’ll enjoy it for years to come.

 

Your satisfaction and safety are important to us. We take these obligations seriously and constantly ensure we are in full compliance with all regulatory requirements as well as our own internal requirements.

Columbia uses PureBond® formaldehyde-free engineered flooring technology which incorporates formaldehyde-free adhesives in the production of the plywood component and the finished product. This means Columbia floors meet strict formaldehyde emissions standards.

 

PureBond® and the PureBond® logo are trademarks of Columbia Forest Products, Inc. in the US and other countries. Used under license. FloorScore® is a registered trademark of SCS Global Services. Used with permission.

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