Tag: GREENGUARD

GREENGUARD Certification Program Acquired by UL Environment

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GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, along with it’s product emissions testing group Air Quality Sciences, Inc. (AQS), has been acquired by UL (Underwiters Laboratories) Environment.

New GREENGUARD Gold and UL Certification Logo

Look for the new UL GREENGUARD Gold Certification Logo

AQS and GREENGUARD are industry leaders for product emissions testing and third-party indoor air quality certification. School designers, architects and educational procurement persons have long trusted the GREENGUARD Certification programs to help ensure their schools have high indoor air quality and to help earn LEEDS points.

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What Does Greenguard Certified Mean?

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If you’ve shopped for school furniture or educational furniture in the last 5 to 10 years, you’ve probably noticed the Greenguard Certified logo found on a growing number of furniture products. But do you wonder what that really means? And maybe you even wonder if it’s worth worrying about? Well, this segment that recently aired on ABC’s Good Morning America show reveals that you really should be concerned with the furniture products that are in your classroom or home.

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Green Schools

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Greenguard Certified

Last week, the house approved the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act, H.R. 3021, legislation to make schools greener, and improve conditions for those with environmentally linked health problems. The bill passed by a vote of 250-164. This bill ensures that 90 percent of the funds allocated will be directed towards the purchase of greener furniture, such as Greenguard certified furniture. Greenguard is rapidly becoming the standard in "green school" furniture, with many manufacturers providing a wide selection of Greenguard certified chairs, school desks, activity tables, and more. As the green segment of school and church furniture continues to grow, companies such as Worthington Direct strives to expand their selection of green furniture for environmentally and health conscious schools.

Many of Virco’s products, such as the Metaphor series, and Telos series, as well as the classic Virco series chair desks’ tops are made entirely of Virco’s proprietary Fortified Recycled Wood to help improve the amount of reclaimed materials used in manufacturing. For more Virco products that use green materials such as Fortified Recycled Wood, visit Worthington Direct.


Bretford Showcases Furniture At NeoCon 2008

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Bretford, Manufacturing, Inc. (NeoCon Showroom #330), leading supplier of technology and media furniture that improves how people work and learn, is transforming its showroom for the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair 2008 to illustrate how its carts, tables, workstations and other products are being used throughout higher education, library and corporate environments. NeoCon also serves as the official launching pad for Bretford’s new line of RHOMBII™ training tables. Further, showroom visitors can see a demonstration of BretfordCommons™, the company’s new partner extranet site, and will have the opportunity to learn more about Bretford’s GREENGUARD-certified products and other environmental milestones.

Bretford Connections Smartdesk Work Center

Bretford Flat Panel Presentation Carts

 

 

Bretford’s stunning 5,100 square foot permanent showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart will have a 1950s/1960s theme with furniture upholstered in cowhide, vinyl and other fabric patterns to recapture the era and personify the early days of Bretford. The vintage style choices also demonstrate the limitless ways to design and finish Bretford furniture to enhance any learning, meeting or work area.

“Our showroom theme represents Bretford’s longevity and expertise in the commercial furniture industry – the result of six decades of hard work and being in business,” explained Mikel Briggs, president of Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. “The application vignettes provide true examples of how Bretford furniture can outfit a school or meeting space to accommodate the latest technologies and create workspaces that are modular, comfortable and environmentally-friendly.”

Bretford Quattro Voltea Flip Top Computer Table

 

 Bretford Small Flat Panel Mount

RHOMBII Training Tables The new RHOMBII training tables make any workspace truly reconfigurable. With built-in power and data modules as well as easy mobility and storage, the new tables quickly adapt to the needs of any higher education or training environment. Perfect for both traditional and contemporary spaces, the RHOMBII training tables are universal in nature. They can be placed in virtually any formation depending on the size, style and needs of the gathering, then easily folded and stored out of the way or moved into other locations. The tables will be available for order in August through Herman Miller North American dealerships and shipping in Q3 2008.

Other product lines highlighted in the Bretford showroom include Plus soft seating sofas and chairs with ProBax® seating technology, the sophisticated Ithaca library system, modular Free Evolve workstations, Here high-efficiency tables, mobile boards and rail systems, and the elegant yet high-tech Tru conference tables. By complementing these lines with Bretford’s mount and cart accessories — to support technologies such as flat panels, projectors and laptops –Bretford becomes a one-stop resource for commercial furniture solutions.

Worthington Direct is an authorized dealer for all quality Bretford products.  Visit www.worthingtondirect.com today and see a variety of Bretford overhead projector tables, computer workstations, computer tables, flush wall mounts, laptop storage carts, projection screens and booktrucks.

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