SOURCE: Florida Tile, Inc.

Florida Tile, Inc.

April 09, 2009 17:36 ET

Florida Tile Attains GREENGUARD for Children and Schools Certification

National Green Building Standard Requires GREENGUARD Certification

LAKELAND, FL--(Marketwire - April 9, 2009) - The new National Green Building Standard has just been released and it requires that hard surface flooring have GREENGUARD for Children and Schools certification to be considered a healthy choice for indoor environmental quality. Florida Tile is proud to be the only supplier of tile and stone products that has attained this certification.

Section 901.6 of the new standard reads "A minimum of 85 percent of installed hard-surface flooring is in accordance with the emission concentration limits of CDPH 01350 as certified by a third-party program such as the Resilient Floor Covering Institute's Floorscore Indoor Air Certification Program or the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute's Children and Schools Certification Program." This section of the standard is worth 6 points towards the building's rating.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in cooperation with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Code Council (ICC) have created this green building standard to help bring clarity to the often confusing question of 'what makes a building green?' The National Green Building Standard was accepted as an official ANSI standard on January 29, 2009. This standard takes its place beside the widely recognized LEED program in recognizing the GREENGUARD Children and Schools Certification for hard surface flooring.

For more information about GREENGUARD and Florida Tile, please contact or visit our website at Florida Tile's GREENGUARD certified products are available throughout the United States from our company-owned stores and through better tile distributors everywhere.

Florida Tile is a fully owned subsidiary of Panaria Group, a public company on the Milan Stock Exchange (MILAN: PAN IM) and a leading manufacturer and distributor in over 60 countries around the world, through six manufacturing sites in Italy, Portugal and the USA and eight brands positioned in the high-end of the market.

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