USM achieves GREENGUARD Certification for USM Haller and USM Kitos
USM has earned the GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality certificate in the Furniture Systems and Table categories for its USM Haller and USM Kitos furniture systems, the first European products to pass the stringent tests required to achieve certification.
GREENGUARD distinguishes USM Haller and USM Kitos as having low chemical and particle emissions (e.g. formaldehyde, superficial gas), which helps to significantly reduce indoor air pollution and contribute to healthy indoor environments. The furniture can now carry the GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® mark and is listed in the GREENGUARD Product GuideSM (available at GREENGUARD), a resource that is used by thousands of architects, interior designers, building managers and other specifying professionals. GREENGUARD certified products can be used to achieve points for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Sustainable Building Rating System.
The GREENGUARD Certification Program provides a public and scientifically based third-party environmental certification for indoor materials, furnishings and processes. The program includes rigorous testing, verification and regular monitoring. To ensure continuous low emissions performance, products are retested annually and critical components of these products undergo quarterly
About GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
The program is governed and administered by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI), an independent nonprofit organization founded to create healthier indoor environments, which improve public health and quality of life. As an ANSI Authorized Standards Developer, GEI establishes acceptable indoor-air standards for indoor products, environments, and buildings. GEI’s mission is to improve public health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air. An advisory board consisting of independent volunteers, who are renowned experts in the areas of indoor air quality, public and environmental health, building design and construction, and public policy, provides guidance and leadership to GEI.
Adaptability, flexibility, quality: These words symbolize the character and ethos of USM, the renowned Swiss manufacturer of modular furniture. USM is synonymous with timelessness and products of the highest quality and design. The company believes strongly in giving back to the community and in acting responsibly toward the environment:
• USM Modular Furniture product lines are easy to disassemble, supplement and reuse for a client’s changing needs. To encourage long-term use, USM products are weight-tested for strength and durability to last for years.
• Eighty percent of USM’s components are recyclable.
• USM factories use only “green” process and treat energy and raw materials responsibly.