Eco-labels and Cooperations

We take our responsibilities towards the environment and society extremely seriously. Various independent facilities have confirmed this to us in the form of different certificates and awards, not just in Germany but in other countries as well.

Excellent quality

At nora systems, the production methods and all raw materials are subject to high ecological standards, and nora products are internationally certified and regularly checked by independent institutes. In the field of the environment and sustainability, nora systems is one of the leading companies in its sector and is among the initiators of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). nora was the first resilient floor covering manufacturer to publish Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), and nora was also one of the first resilient flooring manufacturers to receive ISO 14001 certification for our environmental management systems.

Eco-labels, approvals, and Environmental Product Declarations

The Blue Angel

The Blue Angel (Der Blaue Engel)

The Blue Angel (Der Blaue Engel), the world’s oldest eco-label, is a voluntary German certification for products and services that are environmentally friendly. The label requires products fulfill particularly stringent environmental, health, and performance requirements, including low levels of emissions of organic substances and formaldehyde and the absence of phthalates and carcinogens.

Cradle to Cradle
Logo Cradle to Cradle silver

Cradle to Cradle

The Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program is an independent, third-party verified multi-attribute and multi-level certification program that certifies products and materials that are developed to respect human and environmental health, designed for future use cycles, and that utilize clean energy and water throughout the supply chain. Cradle to Cradle product certification is awarded at five levels (Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum), with each higher level imposing a more rigorous set of requirements.


Cradle to Cradle v3.1 Silver has been awarded to:  

Cradle to Cradle Certified® is a registered trademark of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.


The ecobau association has been promoting sustainable and healthy building in Switzerland since 2005. ecobau members include public building authorities from the federal government, cantons and cities, as well as organizations such as KBOB, CRB and educational institutions. Together they develop planning tools for ecological construction to support building authorities, planners and architects, The environmental impact of different building materials is assessed from production to disposal.

The following nora floor-coverings are rated according to eco-bau:



nora was the first resilient flooring manufacturer to produce 3rd party verified ISO 14025 and EN 15804 compliant Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).  Today the company has product specific, type III, EPDs certified by both UL Environment and IBU in accordance with both N. American and European PCRs.  The EPDs include every phase of the product life cycle from the production through to installation, usage and maintenance, right up to the end of the product’s life cycle in the building. 

The noraplan standard and norament standard EPDs apply to a broad range of nora floor coverings, specifically:

norament® 926 standard: norament® 926, norament® 926 arago™, norament 926 castello, norament® 926 grano™, norament 926 kivo, norament 926 pado, norament® 926 satura™
norament® 926 stairtreads: norament® round stairtreads, norament® hammered stairtreads, norament® 926 arago™ stairtreads, norament® 926 grano™ stairtreads, norament® 926 satura™ stairtreads
norament® 928 ed: norament® 928 grano ed

noraplan® standard (913): noraplan convia, noraplan environcare, noraplan dariva, noraplan® sentica, noraplan unita™, noraplan® valua
noraplan® acoustic: noraplan environcare acoustic, noraplan® sentica acoustic

Please contact us, if we should provide you with our EPDs for your Project.

Greenguard Gold
Certification Mark Greenguard Gold UL


GREENGUARD Gold is an emissions certification that includes health based criteria for chemicals to ensure that products are acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities.  GREENGUARD Gold is in compliance with the California Department of Health (CDPH) Standard Specification 01350 (CA 01350).  In addition to testing for emissions limits on the 35 VOCs required by CA 01350, the GREENGUARD Gold certification limits an additional 330 VOCs and total VOC (TVOC) emissions.  GREENGUARD Gold is broadly recognized and accepted by sustainable building programs and building codes around the world, including the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System. 


Most nora floor coverings have Greenguard Gold Certification.

norament: norament 825 round, norament hammered, norament arago, norament castello, norament grano, norament kivo, norament pado, norament satura, norament xp, norament xp trac

norament nTx: norament arago nTx, norament castello nTx, norament grano nTx, norament xp nTx, norament xp trac nTx

norament special: norament 920, norament 992, norament 992 grano, norament grano ed

Stairtreads: norament arago stairtreads, norament round stairtreads, norament grano stairtreads, norament hammered stairtreads, norament satura stairtreads, norament 920 stairtreads

noraplan standard: noraplan convia, noraplan dariva, noraplan environcare, noraplan sentica, noraplan unita, noraplan valua

noraplan nTx: noraplan environcare nTx, noraplan sentica nTx

noraplan special: noraplan environcare ed, noraplan environcare acoustic, noraplan sentica ed, noraplan sentica acoustic



nora is a member of the Health Product Declaration® Collaborative (HPDC), a not-for-profit, customer-led, member organization committed to the continuous improvement of the building industry’s environmental and health performance through transparency and innovation. The HPDC created, supports and advances the HPD Open Standard, a format that enables accurate, reliable and consistent reporting of building product content and associated health information, through a consensus-based, stakeholder process. 

HPDs provide full disclosure of the potential chemicals of concern in products by comparing product ingredients to a set of priority “hazard” lists based on the GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals and additional lists from other government agencies.  Since they are hazard based, they only present the hazards of individual raw ingredients and not the potential risk of exposure to or impact from the individual raw ingredients or the finished product.  Published HPDs are available to the public at no charge in the HPD Public Repository

HPDs qualify for numerous green building rating systems, including LEED v4, WELL, and Google Portico.

nora has published HPDs for the below norament standard and noraplan standard floor coverings.  The nora LEED v4 contribution chart and applicable product specific letters have been updated accordingly.




noraplan® standard (913)noraplan convia™, noraplan environcare™, noraplan dariva™, noraplan® sentica, noraplan unita™, noraplan® valua


Indoor Air Comfort Gold
Certification Mark Indoor Air Comfort GOld

Indoor Air Comfort Gold

The Indoor Air Comfort GOLD certification combines the most relevant emission specifications and requirements in Europe in one certification.  It includes the VOC requirements of the most important European quality seals, including AgBB (Germany), Blue Angel (Germany), A Class (France), M1 (Finland), and the eco-label (Austria). Indoor Air Comfort GOLD certification is widely recognized and accepted by numerous building certification systems around the world, including DGNB, LEED v4, and BREEAM.

nora has achieved Indoor Air Comfort GOLD for its flooring systems (primer, adhesive, flooring) for standard range of:
Transportation solutions:

The Austrian Eco-label UZ42
Logo UZ Oesterrreich

The Austrian Eco-label is awarded by the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Waste Management.  It guarantees environmentally friendly products and services.  Certified floor coverings exert as small an impact as possible on the environment and human health over their whole life cycle.

The Austrian Eco-label has been awarded to:

The Finnish mark M1
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The Finnish mark M1

The Finnish test mark M1 is regarded as the highest certification for building products in the Scandinavian region.  Besides stringent emission thresholds for total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs), the label also includes a sensory odor test.  

norament and noraplan standard floor coverings have achieved the M1 as well as noraplan nTx, norament 926 nTx, noraplan ed, norament 928 ed, noraplan uni and noraplan acoustic.

The following nora floor-coverings have achieved the M1:

The French mark "Emissions dans l'air intérieur"
A plus certification

The French mark "Emissions dans l'air intérieur"

In France, building products are required to be labelled with a VOC emissions classification. The French VOC label Emissions dans l’air intérieur (Décret n° 2011-321) indicates the emissions class a product has been assigned based on emissions testing that includes individual substances and TVOCs.  A+ rated products have the lowest (best) emissions and C rated products the highest (worst) emissions.  

The following nora floor coverings and accessories have been awarded the top A+ rating: 
  • norament® 926 standard: norament® 926 arago™, norament 926 castello™, norament® 926 grano™, norament 926 kivo™, norament 926 pado™, norament® 926 satura™
  • norament® 926 nTx: norament® 926 arago™ nTx™, norament 926 castello™ nTx™, norament® 926 grano™ nTx,™ norament® 926 satura™ nTx™
  • norament® 825: norament® 825 round, norament® hammered
  • norament® 928: norament® 928 grano™ ed
  • norament® 992: norament® 992, norament® 992 grano™
  • norament® 926 stairtread: norament® 926 stairtread, norament® 926 arago™ stairtread, norament® 926 grano™ stairtread, norament® 926 satura™ stairtread
  • noraplan® standard (913): noraplan convia™, noraplan environcare™, noraplan dariva™, noraplan sentica™, noraplan unita™, noraplan valua™
  • noraplan® (913) nTx: noraplan sentica™ nTx™, noraplan environcare™ nTx™
  • noraplan® acoustic: noraplan sentica™ acoustic™, noraplan environcare™ acoustic™
  • noraplan® ed: noraplan sentica™ ed, noraplan environcare™ ed  
  • nora® accessories: nora® bases

  • Accessories for nora one™ installation system: nora® AC 100™, nora® ED 120™, nora® PU 102™, nora dryfix™ 750, nora® stepfix™ 240, nora® profix™, nora® nTx™ 020

PEFC for sustainable forest management 

The PEFC program gives a framework for a sustainable forest management to ensure that ecologically, economically and socially sustainable practices are followed. This independently verified assurance ensures that natural rubber originates from sustainably managed forests. PEFC is the largest forest management program with currently over 300 million hectares of forests and more than 20,000 companies globally upholding the certification.

The following products are PEFC-certified:

Singapore Green Building Product (SGBP) label

Singapore Green Building Product (SGBP) label 

The Singapore Green Building Product (SGBP) labelling program assesses building products on properties and performance based on a comprehensive list of assessment criteria covering energy efficiency, water efficiency, environmental protection and quality, material performance and other specific green features. Products that meet the requirements receive an achievement rating ranging from one to four ticks, which indicate a rating ranging from ‘Good’ to ‘Leader’. This rating level distinguishes the environmental and sustainability performance of the certified products, a testament of the product’s environmental commitment.

nora systems has achieved the highest SGBP certification "Leader" (4 tick marks) for:

  • noraplan® standard (913): noraplan convia™, noraplan environcare™, noraplan dariva™, noraplan® sentica™, noraplan unita™, noraplan® valua™
  • noraplan® nTx™ (913): noraplan environcare™ nTx™, noraplan® sentica™ nTx™

nora systems has achieved the SGBP certification "Excellent" (3 tick marks) for:

  • norament® 926 standard: norament® arago™, norament castello™, norament® grano™, norament kivo™, norament pado™, norament® 926 satura™
  • norament® 926 nTx™: norament® arago™ nTx™, norament castello™ nTx™, norament® grano™ nTx™, norament® satura™ nTx™
  • norament® 926 stairtreads: norament® round stairtreads, norament® hammered stairtreads, norament® 926 arago™ stairtreads, norament® 926 grano™ stairtreads, norament® 926 satura™ stairtreads

Qualitätssiegel Nachhaltige Gebäude (QNG)

The "Qualitätssiegel Nachhaltiges Gebäude" (Quality Seal Sustainable Building),  QNG for short, is a German state seal of approval for buildings that ensures the fulfillment of requirements for the ecological, socio-cultural and economic quality of buildings as well as for the quality of the planning and construction processes. Floor coverings with "QNG Ready"-certification are suitable for the healthy and sustainable operation, construction, renovation and refurbishment of buildings.

"QNG Ready" has been awarded to the following nora floor coverings:

Building certifications


The DGNB System is based on three fundamental factors. These set the approach apart from other certification systems in the market:

  • Life cycle assessment
  • Holistic approach
  • Emphasis on performance

As a result, certification always considers the entire life cycle of a project – not only with regard to impacts on the environment and resource consumption, but also regarding the cost of managing or operating a building, as well as maintenance outlays. Assessments revolve around three core sustainability factors, each with an equal weighting: ecological, economical and sociocultural factors. The DGNB System also assesses the overall performance of a development and not just individual measures.

nora flooring coverings can contribute to LEED


LEED or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design is a green building rating system developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the construction, design and operation of sustainable buildings. It includes rating programs for different building types that encourage improved practices in the following categories: Location & Transportation, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation, and Regional Priority.

nora flooring coverings can contribute to LEED through the use of environmental product declarations (EPDs), recycled content, rapidly renewable content, take-back programs, regional materials, and low-emitting flooring and adhesives. View the applicable nora LEED contribution chart for more details: 

Corporate certifications, memberships, and cooperation agreements

US Green Building Council (USGBC)

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

As part of our ongoing commitment to protecting the environment and its natural resources, nora joined the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2002. The USGBC is the United States' foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Together, they have developed the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System—a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.

DGNB and nora


nora is a co-initiator and founding member of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), which was established in 2007 by architects, planners, building product manufacturers, investors and scientists dedicated to sustainable building.  The goals of the DGNB are to bundle, demonstrate and promote solutions and methods for sustainable construction - from the planning, implementation and utilization through to recycling and disposal. The DNGB’s voluntary sustainable building rating system covers key aspects of sustainable building: environmental, economic, sociocultural and functional aspects, technology, processes and site. It is the only building rating system that gives as much importance to the economic aspect of sustainable building as it does to the ecological criteria. 

ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001
Certification Mark ISO 14001

ISO 14001

nora was one of the first companies in the resilient flooring industry to receive ISO 14001 certification for our environmental management systems. Minimizing environmental impact, complying with applicable laws, regulations and other environmentally-oriented requirements, and continually improving are the requirements of the standard.

ISO 9001, ISO 50001

nora has also earned ISO 50001 certification for our engery management system as well as ISO 9001 certification for our quality management system, which certifies that consistent processes are being applied.

Sentinel Haus Institut
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Sentinel Haus Institut

Sentinel Haus Institut (SHI) is a German organization that certifies buildings and building products based on low VOC emissions in order ensure healthy indoor air. The standard requires buildings and building products meet strict VOC emissions, based on the requirements of many institutions, including Germany’s Federal Environmental Agency (UBA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and from the Association of Ecological Research Institutes (AGOF).

SHI has approved nora floor coverings due to their low VOC emissions.  nora is the only floor covering manufacturer to provide an SHI approved system comprised of certified, low-emission primer, filler, adhesive and rubber flooring (nora one).  

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