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The Greenguard program certifies indoor products and buildings, especially those used in construction and design, based on how their materials affect indoor air quality.  The Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI) is an industry-independent, third-party testing program.  GEI regularly tests all certified products to ensure that their chemical and particle emissions meet acceptable pollutant guidelines and standards.  Greenguard Certification is a valuable tool for architects, designers and purchasing organizations that want to locate, specify and purchase off-the-shelf, low-emitting products for indoor environments.

The first Greenguard Certification was awarded in the fall of 2002.  In 2005, GEI announced the Greenguard Children & Schools standard, which evaluates the sensitive nature of school populations combined with the unique building characteristics found in schools, and presents the most rigorous product emissions criteria to date.  To date, more than 100 manufacturers across various industries offer Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified® Products.

To learn more about the Greenguard Environmental Institute visit its website at