SOURCE: GREENGUARD Environmental Institute

July 09, 2008 16:57 ET

GREENGUARD Introduces New Certification Category

Formaldehyde Emission Reduction Technology Gets Own Category

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - July 9, 2008) - In response to the increased focus on improved indoor air quality, GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) has added the Formaldehyde Emission Reduction Technology category to its certification programs. Unlike other GEI certification programs, this category certifies a manufacturers' process/technology, rather than a product.

"We are thrilled to develop this additional category as it allows us to show the marketplace that there are products out there to meet changing consumer preferences and changing air quality requirements," said Dr. Marilyn Black, Chairman and Founder of GEI, "GREENGUARD is constantly looking for ways to ensure the health of our indoor air environments and educate the public on the importance of using low-emitting volatile organic compound (VOC) products and processes."

Georgia-Pacific Chemicals LLC is the first company in this category, with its Caire Technology attaining GREENGUARD Children and Schools Certification(SM). To achieve this certification, Caire Technology met the required standard of reducing formaldehyde levels by 80% or more from a product during the manufacturing process. The finished product also met the overall stringent GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® emissions criteria.

Georgia-Pacific's patent-pending Caire technology reduces formaldehyde emissions from finished products. It provides an innovative "green" alternative that is effective, economical and easy to use. Applied post-manufacture via a variety of customized application methods, Caire is most effective on porous products with a large surface area, such as fiberglass insulation. GP is also testing the technology on ceiling tiles, glass mat, textiles and air filters.

"With Caire Technology, we offer a lower-emission option to help meet the ever-changing regulations around indoor air environments and to provide a market driven alternative for those who simply prefer a "greener" product," said Peter Williams, vice president -- specialty chemicals, Georgia-Pacific Chemicals. "This technology helps us develop customized solutions with our clients to meet a variety of needs and standards."

About GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI)

Founded in 2001, GEI is an industry independent, non-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification Programs. The Institute's mission is to protect human health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air that people breathe. As an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer, GEI establishes acceptable standards for building materials, interior products, electronic equipment, indoor environments and buildings. The more than 165,000 GREENGUARD certified products must meet stringent, third party standards for low chemical emissions based on established health standards and undergo rigorous testing and verification processes on a regular basis. GREENGUARD certification is broadly recognized and accepted by a number of "green" building programs, including the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED® program. An online guide of GREENGUARD certified products is available at no charge at www.greenguard.org.

About Georgia-Pacific Chemicals LLC

Georgia-Pacific Chemicals LLC, a subsidiary of Georgia-Pacific, is a global performance chemical manufacturer recognized as a leader in its key markets of building products, papermaking, and industrial and specialty applications. It operates 12 chemical plants in the United States, as well as a plant in Brazil, Chile and Argentina, and has a manufacturing presence in South Africa and China.

Headquartered at Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs approximately 50,000 people at more than 300 locations in North America, South America and Europe. For more information, visit www.gp.com.

Contact Information

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    GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
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