This is the second post in our three-part series about the relationship of Novalis Innovative Flooring and the environment – both indoors and outdoors.
We believe an indication of a company’s commitment to environmental stewardship are the organizations it is actively committed to. So, as a leader in the LVT industry, Novalis is an active participant in the environmentally focused organizations listed here. Through its participation and support, Novalis contributes to the progress of green technology, sustainable product development and environmental protection by manufacturing and design, not only in the flooring industry but everywhere.
Learn more about these leading organizations that promote a healthier and more sustainable environment for all of us. Click on the links to learn even more on their respective websites …
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council was founded in 1993. Its members are changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. USGBC believes in better buildings; places that complement our environment and enhance our communities. USGBC is best known for its development of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Novalis has been a member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2013.
Green Idea Green Action (GIGA)
Green Idea Green Action is an international organization assessing the health and performance of buildings, combining the development of building standards with cloud software to increase the accessibility of healthy buildings globally. GIGA’s assessment infrastructure and metrics are used by hundreds of companies to track and communicate the health and performance of their properties. Novalis has been a GIGA manufacturing member since 2012.
The Resilient Floor Covering Institute is an industry trade association of leading resilient flooring manufacturers and suppliers of raw materials, additives and sundry flooring products for the North American market. RFCI promotes sustainability in the resilient flooring category through NSF/ANSI standards, FloorScore®, EPD and product transparency, while helping designers, architects, facilities managers, homeowners and others make wise flooring decisions through the use of resilient flooring. Novalis has been a member of RFCI since 2014.
The Wood Floor Covering Association is the floor covering industry’s largest advocacy organization representing specialty floor covering retailers, cleaners, installers, manufacturers and distributors around the globe. Among its many green initiatives, the WFCA promotes education about environmentally friendly floors through partnership with The Learning Channel’s Designing Spaces. Novalis is a proud member of the WFCA and supports its mission of “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Respect.” in the floor covering industry.
The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors was created to foster trade and commerce for wholesale distributors or manufacturers of floor coverings and allied products. Novalis supports the work of the NAFCD, such as sharing important industry data among members about trends in sustainable flooring, as well as promoting education, research and training programs to help ensure the highest standards in the flooring industry.
The American Society for Testing and Materials is one of the oldest non-profit standard academics groups in the United States. ASTM is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. Close to 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence. Novalis became a member of ASTM to promote the knowledge of standards in materials, in production and in services.
In Part Three, we will examine ways that Novalis complies with the highest standards of green manufacturing and transparency.