FloorScore® Certified and Clean Air Verified™
Let’s face it—we don’t eat most of the objects in our house. Additionally (and thankfully), most of the objects in our houses don’t ooze out toxic fluids or powders that we might accidentally come into contact with. So, how can these objects hurt us? The answer is that they could possibly hurt us by emitting compounds such as Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC’s into the air which we then breathe.
Volatile Organic Compounds are organic molecules which easily evaporate into the air. We are surrounded by VOC’s: some are dangerous and many are not. Whether they are toxic or not has a lot to do with concentration. More is often bad.
Recently, there has been substantial attention paid to a particular VOC known as Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is very common because it is emitted from both manufactured and natural materials. In other words, like it or not, it is everywhere.
Where does formaldehyde come from? Formaldehyde is emitted by many things including you, your dog, most solid wood, many composite wood products, some paints, many fruits, adhesives, and wait—almost everything.
Why is formaldehyde bad? In high concentrations, formaldehyde is an irritant and long-term irritation to the human body can be very harmful. Formaldehyde is considered by the Environmental Protection Agency to be a "probable human carcinogen".
How much formaldehyde is in the air around me? The Agency for Toxic Studies and Disease Registry states that the following are common concentrations of formaldehyde:
- 0.0002-0.006 parts per million (ppm) in rural and suburban outdoor air
- 0.0015-0.047 ppm in urban outdoor air
- 0.020-.04 ppm in indoor air
Why are there so many concerns surrounding composite wood products and formaldehyde? Urea Formaldehyde adhesives, Phenol Formaldehyde adhesives, and Melamine Formaldehyde adhesives are extremely strong and durable. These adhesives have been used for decades to manufacture composite wood products and other building materials. Some of these formulations emits high levels of formaldehyde and some of these formulations (ultra-low emitting adhesives) emit almost none. Unfortunately, ultra-low emitting adhesives are very expensive, and using inexpensive formaldehyde containing adhesive is an effective method of lowering manufacturing costs.
What steps does Trinity Bamboo take to protect you and your family? Trinity Bamboo utilizes very expensive ultra-low emitting phenol formaldehyde and melamine/urea formaldehyde adhesives. Additionally, to ensure the safety of our premium products, Trinity Bamboo’s flooring is FloorScore® Certified and Clean Air Verified™:
- Trinity Bamboo's FloorScore® Certified Flooring is tested for 35 different Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) and certified to comply with the volatile organic compound emissions criteria of the California Section 01350 Program. Additionally, our factory is routinely audited by U.S. based Scientific Certification Systems to ensure that all ingredient components are documented.
- Trinity Bamboo's Clean Air Verified™ flooring is subjected to additional, random testing for formaldehyde emissions by International Accreditation Service (IAS) Certified Labs. This important "double-check" is a step few if any other companies ever take.
How much formaldehyde does Trinity Bamboo’s flooring emit? Less than .0016 Part Per Million. Trinity Bamboo’s FloorScore® certification requires products under its certification to be audited and tested to confirm that Formaldehyde emissions do not exceed 0.007 ppm. Trinity Bamboo's Clean Air Verified™ testing program found non-detectable levels of formaldehyde which means that our flooring emits less than .0016 ppm of formaldehyde per square meter per hour. It doesn't get better than this.
We welcome you to view or download our FloorScore® certificates and actual test results below. Trust but verify.
FloorScore Certification: Trinity Bamboo Solid Strand Bamboo Flooring
FloorScore Certification: Trinity Bamboo Engineered Strand Bamboo Flooring
ASTM D6007: Trinity Bamboo Solid Strand Bamboo Flooring
ASTM D5116-10: Trinity Bamboo Engineered Strand Bamboo Flooring