September 10, 2018
The Multilayer Flooring Association (MFA) and SCS Global Services announced that four companies have committed to the pilot certification for new resilient flooring products in the multilayer format with rigid polymer cores. The pilot companies are Metroflor, Novalis, US Floors and Karndean. Each carefully weighed the importance and value of the certification before deciding to go forward with this new opportunity to promote and differentiate their industry-leading products. The standard not only focuses on performance and sustainability. It will protect flooring consumers and reassure them that the certified product is a high-performing and quality one, free of heavy metals and ortho-phthalates and meeting indoor air quality standards.
The motivation for developing the certification resulted from the increasing flood of self-defined, and in some cases poorly constructed, multilayer flooring products entering the US marketplace. Said Harlan Stone, president of the MFA, “We are moving with a sense of urgency because there is such a strong need for this certification. Having completed the standard in one year, we are now in the pilot phase to get real world experience applying the standard and feedback from the pilot companies.”
The pilot period will last through the end of the year. The certification program will be officially launched in February 2019 and available to all companies meeting the standard.
The Standard Specification for Resilient Flooring in Modular Format with Rigid Polymeric Core (ASTM standard F3261-17) includes product attributes such as rigidity; surface wear layer; backing types; and performance requirements (e.g. chemical and indentation resistance, and squareness/thickness/flatness). “The standard is very progressive because it includes sustainability attributes along with performance,” said Rochelle Routman, Chair of the Transparency and Sustainability Committee of the MFA, whose team selected the baseline sustainability criteria ultimately incorporated into the standard. “This is very important for consumer confidence.”
MFA selected SCS – a leader in flooring and sustainability certifications which manages the FloorScore program for the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) – to develop this pilot and manage the program. SCS leveraged all synergies to launch and scale the MFA program and collaborated with its members to evaluate and approve independent testing labs to be utilized by manufacturers. “SCS is thrilled to be moving the standard into an operational phase and working with the four early adopter companies,” said Stanley Mathuram, P.E., Vice President of SCS.
ABOUT THE MULTILAYER FLOORING ASSOCIATION: The MFA’s mandate is to set new industry standards for the floor covering industry by providing a comparative basis for multilayer flooring. These standards are threefold: Performance, Safety, and Sustainability. The goal is to foster a stronger, more stable new hybrid flooring category for the benefit of all stakeholders.
ABOUT SCS GLOBAL SERVICES: SCS is an international leader in third-party certification and standards development in environmental, sustainability, and quality performance claims. Through auditing, certification, testing, life cycle assessment, training and strategic consulting services, SCS empowers organizations to affirm and communicate their sustainability success stories.