MFA Announces Pilot Certification Program for Resilient Flooring
Calhoun, GA, 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: Metroflor, Novalis, US Floors and Karndean.
Each carefully weighed the importance and value of the certification before deciding to go forward with this 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 U.S. marketplace.
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 includes sustainability attributes.
MFA selected SCS 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 will promote and list all products in its Green Products Guide, ORIGIN (just recognized by USGBC as an open source platform), and Mindful Materials.