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Sustainability

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.
The Austrian Eco-label
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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.

Standard norament and noraplan floor coverings have been awarded the Austrian Eco-label.

Blue Angel
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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.

Standard norament and noraplan flooring and installation materials have achieved Blue Angel certification.

BRE Rating
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BRE “A+” Rating

The BRE rating is awarded by BRE Certification Ltd, a charitable organization in the UK that researches and educates on matters concerning the built environment for the public benefit.  

The BRE rating system assesses the environmental impact of products based on life cycle assessments.  The environmental profiles of similar products in a category are compared with each other and assessed. Products are rated using an A+ to E ranking system, where A+ represents the best environmental performance/least environmental impact, and E the worst environmental performance/most environmental impact.
  
noraplan / noraplan nTx standard floorings have achieved the “A+” rating.

Building Element cradle-to-grave Ecopoints and Green Guide ratings for noraplan 913 rubber flooring products

DGNB and nora
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DGNB

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. 

EPD

EPD

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 standard: norament 926, norament arago, norament grano, norament satura, norament stairtreads

  • noraplan standard: noraplan eco, noraplan signa, noraplan lona, noraplan sentica, noraplan stone, noraplan unita, noraplan valua
Please contact us, if we should provide you with our EPDs for your project.

ISO 14001
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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. nora has also earned ISO 9001 certification for our quality management system, which certifies that consistent processes are being applied.

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.

The French Mark
A plus certification
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.  

nora floor coverings and accessories have been awarded the top A+ rating. 

Global Green Tag

Global Green Tag

Global Green Tag is a third party, green product rating and certification system, underpinned by scientific and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) processes. The program assesses products against worst case business as usual products in the same functional category and with the same functional purpose.

Standard norament and noraplan floor coverings have achieved the top rating, GreenRate Level A.  

Greenguard Gold
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GREENGUARD Gold

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.

HPD
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.
 
norament standard: norament 926, norament arago, norament grano, norament satura, norament stairtreads

noraplan standard: noraplan eco, noraplan signa, noraplan lona, noraplan sentica, noraplan stone, noraplan unita, noraplan valua

 

 

Indoor Air Comfort Gold
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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 norament and noraplan floor coverings as well as noraplan uni, noraplan ed, norament ed, norament nTx and noraplan nTx

LEED
nora flooring coverings can contribute to LEED

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: 

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 system blue).  

Singapore Green Building Product (SGBP) label
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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 SGBP Leader certification for its standard- and nTx-norament and -noraplan floor coverings. noramentnoraplan and nora stairtreads achieved the highest rating with 4 tickmarks.

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.