Product attains GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification and GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification
Hudson, MA – April 28, 2011 – AIS is proud to announce Calibrate has achieved GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification and GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification. Calibrate is the latest product addition to the AIS family, comprised of freestanding components and accessories designed to construct open plan desking and benching solutions as well as private office environments. This marks the 6th GREENGUARD Certified product line for AIS.
In order to achieve the elite, third-party GREENGUARD Certification, the Calibrate line underwent GREENGUARD’s rigorous scientific testing process, and was screened for emissions of more than 10,000 chemicals. Sustainable building programs and codes worldwide broadly recognize and reference GREENGUARD Certification, and GREENGUARD Certified furniture contributes to the fulfillment of numerous credit or code criteria for low-emitting materials.
With adults spending nearly 90% of their time indoors – where pollutant levels can be two to five times higher than outdoor air – achieving good indoor air quality has become a concern for most office furniture purchasing agents and end users. Elevated levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can cause short- and long-term health issues ranging from triggering asthma and allergy attacks to neurological and respiratory disease. Selecting GREENGUARD Certified products improves indoor air quality and helps create healthier indoor environments.
Indoor air quality concerns hold substantial importance to AIS and are a part of AIS’s impressive environmental journey. “At AIS we are doing our part. We are doing everything we can to manufacture products that are friendly to the environment and meet stringent indoor air quality standards,” said Rob Lazarus, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, AIS. “The reality is it doesn’t end there for us. Being the first systems manufacturer to achieve CarbonNeutral® certification, minimizing waste every step of the way in our lean manufacturing processes, to seeking greener suppliers; it’s an ongoing journey we are 100% committed to.”
“We applaud AIS for their environmental efforts and ongoing commitment to indoor air quality. Products such as Calibrate are certified by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute to provide architects, designers, and end users assurance that they contribute to the creation of healthier indoor environments,” said Henning Bloech, Executive Director, GREENGUARD Environmental Institute.
ABOUT GREENGUARD Environmental Institute:
The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute aims to protect human health and improve quality of life by enhancing indoor air quality and reducing people’s exposure to chemicals and other pollutants. As an ISO-IEC Guide 65:1996 accredited, third-party organization, the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute certifies products and materials for low chemical emissions and serves as a resource for choosing healthier products and materials for indoor environments. All certified products must meet stringent chemical emissions standards based on established criteria from key public health agencies. GREENGUARD Certification is broadly recognized and accepted by sustainable building programs and building codes worldwide. For more information and a complete listing of certified products, visit www.greenguard.org.
AIS is a rapidly growing manufacturer of commercial office furniture and boasts one of the most impressive stories of growth and success in the systems furniture market. The company is known for offering feature-rich product lines that entice designers and meet immediate and future needs of end-users while offering exceptional value. AIS is an innovator that leads the industry in sustainable, lean manufacturing, lead-time and manufacturing flexibility. AIS employs 320 people, with over 500,000 sq. feet of manufacturing and operations at three locations. For more information, visit the AIS website at www.ais-inc.com.