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USGBC Approves FloorScore for LEED Credit

The FloorScore-certified FiberFloor® from Tarkett® is one of many products that will now qualify for a low-emitting materials credit in LEED.

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In an October ruling, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) approved hard-surface flooring certified by the FloorScoreTM program (see


Vol. 14, No. 10) as an alternate path to achieve a credit for low-emitting carpets in the LEED® Rating System. As originally written, credit EQ 4.3, “Low-Emitting Materials: Carpet Systems,” required that all carpet and carpet cushion installed in a building meet the standards of the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus™ program (see

EBN Vol. 13, No. 7). The new ruling allows buildings to earn the credit if hard-surface flooring comprises at least 25% of the finished flooring in a building and if all of that flooring is FloorScore-certified. Developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute with third-party testing performed by Scientific Certification Systems, Inc., FloorScore certifies vinyl and linoleum flooring, among others, that have met standards for low emissions of indoor pollutants.

Published December 5, 2006

(2006, December 5). USGBC Approves FloorScore for LEED Credit. Retrieved from

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