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UPOFLOOR - Prestigious Blue Angel Eco-Label Awarded To Four Upofloor LifeLine™ Flooring Products

Upofloor has been awarded the right to use the Blue Angel Eco-Label for four of its LifeLine™ products; CS and Forte sheet flooring, LifeLine tile and Lifeline luxury tile LT. As one of the most established eco-labels world-wide, Blue Angel is a highly regarded mark by consumers and the building industry and it signifies that products and services meet high standards of environmental protection in four general categories covering health, climate, water and resources.

“Upofloor’s LifeLine products meet the Blue Angel selection criteria by providing builders and architects with a flooring material that offers a sustainably safe, clean and healthy environment,” Liisa Teerenhovi, Upofloor’s export manager explains. LifeLine is suitable for all kinds of public and commercial buildings such as schools, offices and hospitals. In addition, the LifeLine range is an environmentally friendly product to manufacture, use and dispose of. This is thanks to Upofloor’s commitment to the use of sustainable and safe materials throughout its product range.

Against growing concern for the internal environment and its effects on humans’ health and work performance and increasing stringent legislation, it becomes increasingly important to choose environmentally friendly and safe/healthy building products. One Blue Angel criterion for floor coverings is that no harmful emissions are released to indoor air to potentially impair air quality or cause health risks. This is ever more important with reduced ventilation and less natural air circulation because of tight sealing due to the wider use energy saving double glazing and insulation. At the heart of Upofloor’s LifeLine products is Enomer™, a unique blend of natural minerals and pure thermoplastic polymers, that is completely free of PVC, phthalates, chlorines, halogens or heavy metals. In this respect, Upofloor’s flooring material is highly suited to indoor environments and, even in case of fire, no hydrogen chlorine is released.

LifeLine also FloorScore® certified
The Blue Angel award is an addition to LifeLine’s passing the US FloorScore® environmental certification system for floor coverings, administered by The Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI). The certification is based on the LEED point system, an evaluation model defined by the US not-for-profit organisation, the Green Building Council. To be granted FloorScore certification a product must pass demanding emissions tests to ensure that the product does not release any compounds that are detrimental to the quality of indoor air. Regular factory audits are also required. Rigorous testing is carried out in strict accordance with the California Department of Health Services Standard Practice for the Testing of Volatile Organic Emissions. More about RFCI and FloorScore:

Easy maintenance at the heart of sustainability
Performance is important for any flooring material since the life expectancy is 20-25 years and maintenance comprises the biggest costs. LifeLine meets all the appropriate European standards in regards to technical performance through good abrasion resistance, light and chemical resistance. The flooring incorporates a dirt-deflecting compact ionomer impregnated surfaces which can be easily cleaned with the minimum use of chemicals and water. The result is a long-lived flooring solution that is economical to maintain throughout its operational life.

Upofloor Oy is a Finnish flooring manufacturing company with more than 50 years’ experience. The company is part of the Karelia-Upofloor Oy Group, one of Europe’s leading flooring manufacturers with main markets in Western Europe, Russia and North America.

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