Fire retardant treated wood earns GREENGUARD Gold certification
A new pressure impregnated fire retardant product has earned the GREENGUARD Gold Certification.
Viance LLC, a manufacturer of advanced wood treatment technologies, says its D-Blaze Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) is the first pressure-impregnated product to win the certification.
"With the GREENGUARD Gold Certification, architects and specifiers can be confident in recommending D-Blaze framing lumber and plywood for projects like schools and hospitals," said Bill Fields, president of Viance. "In addition to its effectiveness in controlling the spread of flames and smoke development caused by fire, D-Blaze now qualifies for The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System."
The GREENGUARD Certification program, part of UL Environment, demonstrates that products have met some of the world's most comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air. The GREENGUARD Gold Certification requires meeting additional criteria and lower VOCs to demonstrate that products are acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities.
Both CHPS and the LEED Building Rating System reference the certification. GREENGUARD Certified products are recognized, referenced or preferred by more than 450 federal purchasers, retailers, green building rating tools and building codes around the world.
D-Blaze is a fire retardant wood treatment that is impregnated into framing lumber and plywood products by pressure process to reduce combustibility and smoke development, and offers a 50-year limited warranty. D-Blaze FRTW is UL® Classified with an FR-S Rating for a low smoke development and low flame spread index, and is manufactured using a water-based formulation that does not produce harmful off-gassing.
"We strongly believe in the process of comprehensive, third-party certifications as a way to reaffirm our products' safety and reliability in the market," said Fields. "Being the first pressure-impregnated fire retardant product to earn the GREENGUARD Gold Certification is an honor that we hold in high esteem."