Blue Angel Inlay
transition line

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.

Eco-labels, approvals, and Environmental Product Declarations

Blue Angel
Logo 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.

The Blue Angel has been awarded to: 

BRE Rating
Logo Bre Rating

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.
  
The following nora floorings have achieved the “A+” rating:

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

Cradle to Cradle
Logo Cradle to Cradle silver

Cradle to Cradle

Cradle to Cradle is a quality standard that examines the biological and technical regenerative cycle of a product's materials. Against this background, the aim is to develop respectively promote a potentially infinite recycling economy. The rating levels range from Basic to Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.


Cradle to Cradle Silver has been awarded to:

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

  • noraplan standard (913): noraplan eco, noraplan signa, noraplan lona, noraplan sentica, noraplan stone, noraplan unita, noraplan valua

  • noracare: noracare seneo, noracare uneo
 Please contact us, if we should provide you with our EPDs for your project.

Greenguard Gold
Certification Mark Greenguard Gold UL

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

  • norament 926: norament 926, norament 926 arago, norament 926 grano, norament 926 satura
  • norament 926 nTx: norament 926 arago nTx, norament 926 grano nTx, norament 926 satura nTx
  • norament 928: norament 928 grano ed
  • norament 992: norament 992, norament 992 grano

  • noraplan standard (913): noraplan eco, noraplan lona, noraplan sentica, noraplan signa, noraplan stone, noraplan unita, noraplan valua
  • noraplan (916): noraplan uni
  • noraplan nTx (913): noraplan sentica nTx, noraplan signa nTx
  • noraplan acoustic: noraplan sentica acoustic, noraplan signa acoustic, noraplan stone acoustic
  • noraplan ed: noraplan sentica ed, noraplan signa ed, noraplan stone ed

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.

The following nora floor coverings have achieved the top rating, GreenRate Level A:

HPD

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

  • noraplan standard (913): noraplan eco, noraplan signa, noraplan lona, noraplan sentica, noraplan stone, 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:

The Austrian Eco-label UZ56 (new 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
Logo M1

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.  

The following nora floor-coverings have achieved the M1:

The French mark "Émissions dans l'air intérieur"
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:

  • norament 926 standard: norament 926, norament 926 arago, norament 926 grano, norament 926 satura
  • norament 926 nTx: norament 926 arago nTx, norament 926 grano nTx, norament 926 satura nTx
  • norament 825: norament 825
  • norament 927: norament 927 grano ec
  • norament 928: norament 928 grano ed
  • norament 975 LL: norament 975 LL grano design, norament 975 serra design
  • norament 992: norament 992, norament 992 grano
  • norament 926 stairtreads: norament 926 stairtreads, norament 926 grano stairtreads, norament 926 satura stairtreads
     
  • noraplan standard (913): noraplan eco, noraplan lona, noraplan sentica, noraplan signa, noraplan stone, noraplan unita, noraplan valua
  • noraplan (916): noraplan uni
  • noraplan (814): noraplan ultra grip
  • noraplan (913) nTx: noraplan sentica nTx, noraplan signa nTx
  • noraplan acoustic: noraplan sentica acoustic, noraplan signa acoustic, noraplan stone acoustic
  • noraplan ed: noraplan sentica ed, noraplan signa ed, noraplan stone ed
  • noraplan ec: noraplan astro ec
     
  • noracare: noracare uneo, noracare seneo

  • nora accessories: nora skirtings, nora stair nosings

  • nora one installation products: nora AC 100, nora ED 120, nora PU 102, nora dryfix 750, nora stepfix 240, nora profix, nora nTx 020

Singapore Green Building Product (SGBP) label
SGBC Leader

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" for:

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

  • noraplan standard (913): noraplan eco, noraplan lona, noraplan sentica, noraplan signa, noraplan stone, noraplan unita, noraplan valua

     

  • Building certifications

    DGNB
    Logo DGNB

    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.

    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: 

    Corporate certifications, memberships, and cooperation agreements

    DGNB and nora
    Logo DGNB

    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. 

    US Green Building Council (USGBC)
    Logo US Green Building Council Member

    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.

    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 14001

    nora has also earned ISO 50001 certification for our energy management system (resp. ISO 50001 IQnet certification) and  ISO 9001 certification for our quality management system, which certifies that consistent processes are being applied.

    Sentinel Haus Institut
    Logo Sentinel Haus Institut

    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).  

    How to Contact Us
    Sign Up for Updates
    Find nora on LinkedIn
    Latest News & Events