BRETFORD ANNOUNCES GREENGUARD CERTIFICATION ON DOZENS F FURNITURE PRODUCTS FOR SCHOOLS AND OFFICES
Tables, Desks, Workstations, Library Shelves and Stands Now Certified; Good Indoor Air Quality Key for High Performance in Schools and Offices
CHICAGO – September 29, 2009 – Bretford Manufacturing, Inc., manufacturer of dependable furniture products that improve how people work and learn, today announced that dozens of its widely used workstations, tables, shelves and desks are now recognized as GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Certified® by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI). Used primarily in schools and offices, these models have earned the stringent GREENGUARD standard for low-emitting products and for the Children & SchoolsSMproduct certification program. The GREENGUARD-certified models can now be specified to help commercial facilities achieve Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) points, the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.
According to a recent research paper by Air Quality Sciences, Inc., titled “Green, High Performance Schools,” many elements of sustainability, including good indoor air quality, affect the performance of both schools and students. High-performance schools, as outlined by the United States Green Building Council, create a “healthy environment that is conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money.”
“Now that school is back in session, there is more emphasis on keeping the environments we learn and work in healthy,” said Tad Petrick, director of marketing and product development for Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. “Our customers continue to ask for Bretford GREENGUARD-certified products because they understand the value of the designation and how good indoor air quality can contribute to the performance of students and employees.”
The latest round of certified models includes many of Bretford’s Free brand laminate oval and round tables, Basics brand conference tables, Tru brand laminate and painted base conference tables, and Legacy brand steel library shelves, frames and accessories. Various Basics brand multimedia workstations, instructor desks, and printer and fax stands have also been certified. For a complete list of Bretford’s GREENGUARD-certified furniture, click here.
To learn more about Bretford’s GREENGUARD certified products, please call 1-800-521-9614 or go to www.bretford.com.
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About GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
Founded in 2001, GEI is an industry-independent, non-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification ProgramSM. 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 indoor air standards for building materials, interior products, furnishings, electronic equipment, indoor environments and buildings. The more than 200,000 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 to GREENGUARD Certified products is available at no charge at www.greenguard.org.
About Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
Bretford designs and manufactures dependable furniture products that are built to last for decades and are created to improve how people work and learn. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Franklin Park, Ill., Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. holds more than six decades of expertise dedicated solely to the design and manufacture of furniture solutions. With nearly 400 employees and 450,000 square feet of production space, the company offers smart furniture designs that support evolving technology, enabling institutions, organizations and corporations to increase productivity and efficiency. Bretford’s superior workmanship and environmentally compliant manufacturing and operation practices ensure dependable products, many of which are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®. Bretford products are backed by a 12-year standard warranty and the industry’s best 20-year standard warranty on library furniture.