Haworth Lines Get Green Certification

April 2, 2004
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HOLLAND — All of Haworth Inc's. major furnishing lines have earned Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certification, enabling architects and interior designers using the office furniture maker's  products to meet LEED principles.

The certification from the Atlanta-based Greenguard Environmental Institute covers Haworth's systems, storage and seating products.

The certification includes the firm's X99, Look, Improv and Tag office chairs; PREMISE, If, RACE and Moxie furniture systems; and the 950, PREMISE, PLACES and X Series storage units.

Architects and interior designers using certified products receive points for the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program.

Testing and certification of furnishings is required under that program for designers seeking LEED certification for their buildings.

Responding to the certification, Franco Bianchi, Haworth's vice president of product marketing, said, "Greenguard certification communicates that Haworth can provide our customers — designers and architects — a vast array of product lines to choose from when approaching environmentally focused projects."

"In concert with Haworth's whole-earth stewardship approach to design," he added, "we will continue to manufacture products that meet Greenguard's stringent indoor air quality standards."

The Greenguard Environmental Institute certification means Haworth's products meet low-emitting standards for volatile-organic compounds and other emissions from materials such as coatings, paints, veneers and glues used in furnishings and that can affect air quality in an office.

Greenguard is the only testing program in the world for low-emitting products.

Steelcase Inc. earlier this year achieved Greenguard certification for 12 of its office seating products and seeking certification for its major systems and casegoods furniture products.

Herman Miller Inc. has received Greenguard certification for several products as well.

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