Atlanta, GA, June, 2003 - The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute awards their first certification for low chemical emissions in the office furniture category to the Teknion Corp. The Certified Teknion furniture was tested based on stringent indoor air quality standards. The major lines of Teknion furniture were proven to have minimal impact on the indoor environment, according to requirements used by the US Environmental Protection Agency, State of Washington Indoor Air Quality Program, and the US Green Building Council.
"For Teknion, it is an important achievement in our ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability," said Teknion President and CEO, David Feldberg. The Teknion furniture certified by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute includes: T/O/S, Transit, and Leverage panel systems; Expansion line of casegoods and systems; Ability line of mobile office furniture; Altos full-height architectural wall system; Chronicle and Ledger storage and filing lines; Aegis, Advocate, Amicus, Belize, Dharma, Harrington, Synopsis, t-3, Taiga, Vasari, and Zone Seating.
GREENGUARD tested and certified office furniture is a requirement for the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) Program. LEED-CI projects can earn Credit 4.5 in the Indoor Environmental Quality area for specifying certified furniture.
"The quality of our indoor air has been proven to negatively affect productivity and company resources," says Dr. Marilyn Black, founder of the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute. "We can, however, control indoor pollution and positively affect our work and living environments by using and specifying low emitting furniture and building materials."
Teknion Corporation (TSX:TKN) is a leading international designer, manufacturer, and marketer of office systems and related office furniture products. For more information, visit Teknion at www.teknion.com.
About the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute™
The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute is an independent, non-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification Program, including the establishment of acceptable standards for indoor products and testing protocols. Its goal is to improve public health and quality of life by helping manufacturers build better and safer products. GREENGUARD Certified or tested furniture and furnishings are part of the United States Green Building Council's LEED for Commercial Interiors Program. The GREENGUARD Certification Program is the only independent testing program for low-emitting products.