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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). Moreover, nora systems was the first producer of resilient floor coverings to provide so called Environmental Product Declarations, or EPDs.

Here you can find an overview of the most significant awards and cooperations:
Blue Angel
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The Blue Angel (Der Blaue Engel)

German certification for products and services that are environmentally-friendly.

In 2006, noraplan standard floorings were the first resilient floorcoverings to be awarded the Blue Angel under the new UZ 120 qualification guidelines. The Blue Angel (Blauer Engel) is a German certification for products and services that have environmentally friendly aspects. It is the label for an ecological better product alternative according to defined criteria. The purpose of the label is the environmental and consumer protection by transfer of information. Holder of the label is the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Meanwhile there are Blue Angel labels for 80 product categories with 3700 products and services of 800 companies.

The certificate has been awarded since 1978 by the Jury Umweltzeichen, a group of 13 persons from environment and consumer protection groups, industry, unions, trade, media and churches. It is the first and oldest label concerning environmental matters for products and services worldwide. Healthy living has been a major focus of the Blue Angel eco-label for many years now. By now, many building products and furnishings are available that have been tested for their compatibility with good health and awarded the Blue Angel – from paints and lacquers to furniture and mattresses. With its large surface area, flooring harbours a particularly high potential for polluting interior air.
Criteria of RAL-UZ 120 for product category of resilient floor coverings in order to be awarded the Blue Angel:

  • emissions (VOC)
  • content on carcinogenic N-nitrosamines
  • exclusion of raw materials, which are classified according to EC-directives as very toxic, toxic, carcinogenic, mutagenic, hazardous for reproduction, embryo toxic 
  • exclusion of halogenated organic compounds and organic flame-retardants
  • exclusion of phthalates
  • compliance with usability according DIN EN standards

BRE Rating
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BRE Rating

The BRE ‘A’ rating, based on an assessment of the environmental profile of a profile of a product, is awarded by BRE Certification Ltd, a charitable organization that researches and educates on matters concerning the built environment for the public benefit. BRE Rating Ltd. is a third party approval and certification body specialising in the construction, environment and fire & security sectors.

It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the BRE Trust (a registered charity), and a sister company to BRE which, for over eighty years, has carried out research into the safety, regulation and performance of buildings on behalf of the UK Government. Nowadays, whilst BRE specialises in construction and the built environment, its service is used by customers throughout the world in most sectors of industry – from chemicals to aerospace. noraplan 913 floorcoverings have been certified under BRE Certification's scheme for Environmental Profiles of construction products. The Eco-point scores achieved as part of the certification process give an 'A' rating (best possible) from the "Green Guide to Specification".
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Indoor Air Comfort Gold
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Indoor Air Comfort Gold

The Eurofins certification Indoor Air Comfort Gold combines the emissions requirements of the most important European quality seals in the one certificate, containing e.g. AgBB (Germany), Blue Angel (Germany), A Class (France), M1 (Finland), and the eco-label (Austria).

Not only individual low-emission products are important for clean indoor air, but also how these individual products react to each other when installed. So that interactions do not give rise to unpleasant irritant or malodorous compounds, nora systems GmbH commissioned Eurofins Product Testing A/S to test and certify different construction systems.

Those construction systems consist of nora rubber floorings and nora installation materials (primer, filler, adhesive, and floor covering) and are certified Indoor Air Comfort GOLD. On this reliable and sustainable basis, building developers and planners can choose, invite calls for, and safely use products and materials that do not pollute indoor air after installation.

Besides verifying the low emissions of building products and product systems, the Indoor Air Comfort Gold certificate is accepted as verifying adherence to the emissions criteria of building products and building certification systems, e.g. DGNB, LEED v4, and BREEAM.
 

US Green Building Council

U.S. Green Building Council Member

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. 

Greenguard
Certification Mark Greenguard Gold UL

GREENGUARD Certification by UL Environment

Improving indoor air quality by developing low-emitting flooring. 
All standard nora products and adhesives are GREENGUARD Gold Certified (formerly known as GREENGUARD Children & Schools). GREENGUARD Gold Certification, which offers strict certification criteria in compliance with CA 01350, considers safety factors to account for sensitive individuals (such as children and the elderly), and ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities.  GREENGUARD Gold is broadly recognized and accepted by sustainable building programs and building codes around the world.  In the US it is referenced by both The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System.  
About the UL Environment 
UL Environment aims to protect human health and improve quality of life by enhancing indoor air quality and reducing people’s exposure to chemicals and other pollutants.  As an ISO-IEC Guide 65:1996 accredited, third-party organization, UL Environment certifies products and materials for low chemical emissions and serves as a resource for choosing healthier products and materials for indoor environments.  All certified products must meet stringent chemical emissions standards based on established criteria from key public health agencies.
 

CA 01350

California 01350 Compliant

Ensuring good indoor air quality to protect human health while meeting special environmental guidelines.
All standard nora products and adhesives are CA 01350 compliant through their GREENGUARD Gold (formerly GREENGUARD Children & Schools) certification for low emissions.

The State of California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) developed California 01350—a Special Environmental Requirements standard specification—to cover key environmental performance issues related to the selection and handling of building materials. The GREENGUARD Gold testing protocol includes CA 01350 requirements.

This specification establishes goals and provides an overview of special environmental requirements. It also covers guidelines for energy, materials and water efficiency, indoor air quality (IAQ), non-toxic performance standards for cleaning and maintenance products, and sustainable site planning and landscaping considerations, among other measures. Some key elements of Section 01350 are procedures to ensure good indoor air quality to protect human health. This part of the specification includes product selection guidelines and emission-testing protocols to distinguish low-emitting materials.

ISO 14001
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EN ISO 14001

nora was also one of the first companies in our industry to receive ISO 14001 certification for environmental management systems. The ISO 14001 environmental management standard exists to help organizations minimize their impact on the environment, comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements, and to continually improve. nora has also earned ISO 9001 certification for our quality management system, which certifies that consistent processes are being applied.

EPD
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What does EPD stand for?

Emission values, life cycle costs, energy efficiency – these are just some of the specifications that need to be fulfilled by a sustainable building. The building materials used in the building and building products determine the impact on the environment to a decisive extent.

At the core of the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), which is internationally aligned with the ISO 14025 standard, is a comprehensive environmental performance evaluation providing information on the ecological efficiency of a product throughout its entire life cycle on the basis of various key environmental indicators.
EPDs contain details about the life cycle of a building product, life cycle assessment values, as well as test results for a detailed valuation, e.g. indoor TOC emissions. As an information platform for sustainable construction, it enables planners and building developers to integrate the aspect of sustainability right from the early planning phase of a building.

You will find examples of EPDs at: www.bau-umwelt.de. The German declaration system for EPDs for building products is organised by the Institute Construction and Environment (IBU, formerly the AUB). The IBU is an initiative of building material manufacturers committed to sustainable construction.

DGNB and nora
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DGNB

Sustainability has a future. nora systems GmbH is a co-initiator and founding member of the German Sustainable Building Council.

To bundle, demonstrate and promote solutions and methods for sustainable construction - from the planning, implementation and utilisation through to recycling and disposal. These are the goals of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). The focal point of the DGNB's work is on awarding a certificate for sustainable buildings. The criteria for this seal of approval are based on the results of the Sustainable Building Round Table at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development. As well as the life cycle principle, it incorporates the ecological aspects of "green building" as well as the economic and sociocultural themes, and in doing so addresses all three pillars of sustainability to an equal degree.

The DGNB was founded on June 25, 2007 by architects, planners, building product manufacturers, investors and scientists. A group of initiators who had long been occupying themselves with the issues of sustainable construction played a key role in this event. Among these initiators was also nora systems GmbH, which is certified in compliance with DIN EN ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and the international standard DIN EN ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System). nora rubber coverings fulfil, during both production as well as in use, the demands placed on floor coverings by sustainable planning and construction.

The DGNB currently has around 600 members and organised Consense, an international congress with a trade exhibition for sustainable building.

Sentinel-Haus-Institut
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Sentinel-Haus-Institut

nora systems and the Sentinel-Haus-Institut (SHI) from Freiburg im Breisgau have agreed to enter an extensive co-operation on healthy living building concepts. Its goal is to build and renovate buildings for guaranteed healthy living (i.e. low-emission buildings) that are designed in line with the Sentinel-Haus concept.

The Sentinel-Haus-Institut is an initiative by medium-sized businesses for medium-sized businesses. Since 2005, a process has been developed by the founding members with which a building contractor can come to a contractual agreement with the final customer and investor on a defined quality of indoor air using readily available building materials, regardless of the construction method and type of building. The concept, which was first marketed under the name "Q3 World of Quality Living", has been under further development since 2007 by Sentinel-Haus-Institut GmbH in co-operation with numerous university research centres, lawyers, practitioners in environmental medicine and building specialists. In 2009 it resulted in the publication of the "Bill of Health" certificate, containing recommendations from various institutions.

The Sentinel-Haus concept enables building companies and planners to construct healthy-living buildings in the private, commercial and public sectors based on a meticulous and project-oriented selection of building materials (where necessary even individually tailored to - health-wise - especially susceptible people such as allergy sufferers) and by working together with craftsmen specially trained on low-emission work methods. High quality standards for indoor air are provably achieved by means of extensive product checks backed up by current test certificates and seals of approval, as well as by regular indoor air checks during the construction phase and upon completion of the project. The investor receives a contractual guarantee of the quality, which in this form is unique throughout Europe and offers both building companies as well as planners a significant unique selling proposition where marketing aspects and legal security are concerned.

The co-operation with nora systems in the resilient floor covering product sector concerns the norament and noraplan rubber floor coverings together with the certified system solution, nora system blue. With nora system blue, nora systems is the only floor covering manufacturer to provide a system solution comprising certified, low-emission and perfectly matching components. The primer, filler, adhesive and rubber floor coverings have all been awarded the "Blue Angel … for low emissions". An "all-round carefree package" has therefore been developed for building owners, architects, planners and building users that stands for assured quality and health protection for the entire floor structure from the top edge of the screed upwards.