Bird-in-Hand Woodworks Achieves GREENGUARD Certifications
As of August 30, 2010, we have achieved GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification and the more stringent GREENGUARD Children and Schools Certification. All Childcraft, Korners for Kids, and Bird-in-Hand wood furniture items are included in the GREENGUARD certification. All of our exclusive wood furniture products are the best choice for the health and safety of our children.
What does all this mean? This means that we have now proven what we knew all along. That is, ALL of our Bird-in-Hand Woodworks' products are the best on the market when it comes to the health of our children. For example, unlike our competitors, our entire assembled cabinets were GREENGUARD Certified, not just our finish. Bird-in-Hand Woodworks manufactures all ABC, Childcraft, and KFK wooden furniture lines as well as their own Bird-in-Hand Woodworks line. These brands are all included in the GREENGUARD certification.
Certified in this fashion, our customers can be confident their purchase does not contribute to poor indoor air quality, helping deliver a healthier environment where children can learn safely. In addition, more and more states are beginning to require that all newly constructed public buildings paid for by public funds, such as schools, be built to Leadership in Energy and Environment (LEED) construction standards. Whether you're building 'green' or going 'green', you would want to equip your school with furniture and products that support a healthy environment for children such as our School Specialty Bird-in-Hand Woodwork products!
The following provides some interesting facts and background on GREENGUARD and on the current state, and importance, of indoor air quality.
As stated on GREENGUARD's website, the GREENGUARD Children and Schools Certification program is:
For products intended for use in schools, daycares or other environments where children spend significant periods of time, the GREENGUARD Children & Schools(SM) Certification Program offers stricter certification criteria. It is referenced by both The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System. Products certified to this standard are also suitable for use in environments where children and others work, play or reside.
Indoor Air Quality
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the American Lung Association, the World Health Organization and many other public health and environmental organizations view indoor air pollution as one of the greatest risks to human health.
Indoor Air is 2 to 5 Times More Polluted Than Outdoor Air
Most of our exposure to environmental pollutants occurs by breathing the air indoors. These pollutants come from activities, products and materials we use every day. The air in our homes, schools and offices can be 2 to 5 times more polluted, and in some cases 100 times more polluted, than outdoor air.
People Spend 90 Percent of Their Time Indoors
Indoor air quality is a significant concern, because when the hours spent sleeping at home and working in offices or at school are added up, on average, people spend the vast majority of their time indoors where they are repeatedly exposed to indoor air pollutants. In fact, the USEPA estimates that the average person receives 72 percent of their chemical exposure at home, which means the very places most people consider safest paradoxically exposes them to the greatest amounts of potentially hazardous pollutants.
What Contributes to Poor Indoor Air Quality?
The primary sources of indoor exposure to airborne chemicals are products used in interior environments, including furnishings, building materials and other household and office products that can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particles into the air.
Moisture problems are another common source of indoor air pollution as they can lead to indoor mold growth which can cause. negative health effects. Since it is impossible to eliminate mold spores, the best way to reduce the impact of mold on indoor air quality is to prevent or promptly repair any moisture problems.
The very, very small particles emitted from products such as furnishings, building materials and other household and office products are another source of indoor air pollution. Particulates can trigger allergies and other respiratory problems in many people. Installing walk-off mats at doorways and changing air filters regularly are both good strategies to limit these pollutants.
Most of the buildings in which people spend the majority of their time are tightly sealed and insulated to keep out unconditioned outdoor air. While this strategy is effective for minimizing energy costs, it can have a negative impact on indoor air quality.
The Solution: Keep Pollutants Out in the First Place
Improving the quality of indoor air is vital for human health. The USEPA names source control as the best strategy to reduce indoor air pollution and limit chemical exposure. One method of source control is to select products that don't contribute to indoor air quality problems, such as those that have been GREENGUARD Certified for low chemical emissions. These products have been tested for more than 10,000 chemicals to ensure they are safe and healthy for indoor environments.
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