Environmental

WA Sustainability Standard and NSF Qualified Distributor Badges

NSF 342 As part of our commitment to providing sustainable products and promoting sustainable business practices, Eykon Design Resources is proud to be qualified NSF/ANSI 342 distributor worldwide and offer NSF/ANSI 342 certified wallcoverings.

NSF/ANSI 342 is a multi-attribute, 3rd-party certified sustainability standard that evaluates product from raw material extraction through manufacturing and distribution. Why is NSF important to the architecture and design community? It allows for quick and easy identification of sustainable wallcovering by cutting through all of the green claims being made today.

Learn more about NSF/ANSI 342 and what it means to be a qualified distributor offering certified products under this standard.

Multi-attribute, environmental & social responsibility

This standard considers an entire spectrum of characteristics that impact the environment such as recycled content, low VOC, energy consumption, carbon footprint, chemicals of concern, waste stream, social responsibility, and more.

Multi-attribute vs Single-attribute

Multi-attribute standards require that multiple requirements are met. Just because a product is made from natural substrate does not mean it was manufactured or distributed using sustainable methods.

3rd Party Certified

NSF/ANSI 342 is verified by NSF International, the certifying body. NSF evaluates claims and monitors processes to ensure the standard is met. Yearly evaluation and requalification is required. Self-certified standards simply do not have the same credibility as 3rd-party certified standards.

Manufacturer and Distributor must Qualify for the product to be Certified

Both the manufacturer and distributor must qualify to the standard to bring certified product to market. Working together, manufacturers and distributors drive higher levels of sustainability. Points are gained by manufacturers and distributors in each category and total points obtained determines qualification of product as conformant, silver, gold or platinum.

ANSI

ANSI is the American National Standards Institute, a private, non-profit organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products. The process is open to representatives from all interested parties, promoting the development of a balanced consensus based standard.

Eco-Friendly Products

Products in the collections listed below contain one or more of the following third party test characteristics:

  • Low VOC’s
  • Reclamation Program
  • Recyled Content
  • Alternative Substrate
  • Renewable Materials
  • Recyclable

Eco-Friendly

Wallcovering can contribute to LEED points for project certification. Here, for reference, are many of Eykon Design Resources eco-friendly products: sisal, grasscloth, papers, organic fibers (linen, cotton, jute), silk and rayon (cellulose-based fiber) are all biodegradable when properly disposed. Kenaf, paulownia wood, and bamboo are examples of wallcovering manufactured from easily renewable resources that are widely available and quickly harvested. And non-PVC wallcovering such as polyolefin and non-woven Nano textile substrate are available when high performance is required.

LEED projects

Working on a LEED® project? Eykon Design Resources products can contribute to a variety of LEED credits. And, we've set up our website to make it easy to search. Simply open the advanced search tool bar to the left. You can narrow down your results by selecting various product attributes from the drop down menus. You can then scroll down and select whichever LEED credits you are focused on. The more categories you select in the advanced search tool bar, the more our powerful search will filter your results.

Download PDF of sustainable interior finishes available in your state.

If you want to learn about a specific LEED credit, click on it below.

Materials and Resources

MR CREDIT 2: CONSTRUCTION WASTE MANAGEMENT

1-2 Points

Intent

To divert construction and demolition debris from disposal in landfills and incineration facilities. Redirect recyclable recovered resources back to the manufacturing process and reusable materials to appropriate sites.

Requirements

Recycle and/or salvage no-hazardous construction and demolition debris. Develop and implement a construction waste management plan that, at a minimum, identifies the materials to be diverted from disposal and whether the materials will be sorted on-site or commingled. Excavated soil and land-clearing debris do not contribute to this credit. Calculations can be done by weight or volume, but must be consistent throughout. The minimum percentage debris to be recycled or salvaged for each point threshold is as follows:

Recycled or Salvaged 50% -- 1 Point
Recycled or Salvaged 75% -- 2 Points

MR CREDIT 4: RECYCLED CONTENT

1-2 Points

Intent

To increase demand for building products that incorporate recycled content materials, thereby reducing impacts resulting from extraction and processing of virgin materials.

Requirements

Use materials, including furniture and furnishings, with recycled content such that the sum of pos-consumer recycled content plus 1/2 of the pre-consumer content constitutes at least 10% or 20% based on cost of the total value of the materials in the project. The minimum percentage materials recycled for each point threshold is as follows:

Recycled Content 10% -- 1 Point
Recycled Content 20% -- 2 Points

The recycled content value of a material or furnishing is determined by weight. The recycled fraction of the assembly is then multiplied by the cost of assembly to determine the recycled content value.

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing components cannot be included in this calculation.

Eykon Design Resources product containing Recycled Content

Interested in finding products that can contribute to MR Credit 4?

Eykon Design Resources collections featuring patterns with recycled content include: Cirqa Second-Look, Lanark, Source One Performance, Source One Specialty, Source One Textile, Source One Woods, Symphony, Tower, Versa Joseph Abboud, Versa Second-Look.

Please note some of the product brands listed may only be available regionally. No worries though. When you search for products on our website we will first ask you for your state to ensure you're only viewing products available in your area.

MR CREDIT 6: RAPIDLY RENEWABLE MATERIALS

1 Point

Intent

To reduce the use and depletion of finite raw materials and long-cycle renewable materials by replacing them with rapidly renewable materials.

Requirements

Use rapidly renewable construction and Division 12 (Furniture and Furnishings) materials and products for 5% of the total value of all materials and products used in the project, based on cost. Rapidly renewable building materials and products are made from plants that are typically harvested within a 10-year or shorter cycle.

Eykon Design Resources product containing Rapidly Renewable Resources

Interested in finding products that can contribute to MR Credit 6? Go to advanced search to view search results for products containing rapidly renewable resources.

Eykon Design Resources collections featuring patterns with rapidly renewable resources include: Source One Specialty, Source One Textile, Source One Woods.

MR CREDIT 6: CERTIFIED WOOD

LEED 2009 for Core & Shell Development

1 Point

Intent

To encourage environmentally responsible forest management.

Requirements

Use a minimum of 5% (based on cost) of wood-based materials and products that are certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council's principles and criteria, for wood building components. These components include at a minimum, structural framing and general dimensional framing, flooring, sub-flooring, wood doors and finishes.

Include only materials permanently installed in the project. Wood products purchased for temporary use on the project (e.g., formwork, bracing, scaffolding, sidewalk protection, and guard rails) may be included in the calculation at the project team's discretion. If any such materials are included, all such materials must be included in the calculation. If such materials are purchased for use on multiple projects, the applicant may include these materials for only one project, at its discretion. Furniture may be included if it is included consistently in MR Credits 3. Materials Reuse, through MR Credit 6, Certified Wood.

Eykon Design Resources Products Containing Certified Wood

Interested in finding products that can contribute to MR Credit 6? Go to advanced search to view search results for products containing certified wood.

Eykon Design Resources collections featuring patterns with certified wood include: Source One Woods, Symphony.

Please note some of the product brands listed may only be available regionally. No worries though. When you search for products on our website we will first ask you for your state to ensure you're only viewing products available in your area.

MR CREDIT 7: CERTIFIED WOOD

LEED 2009 for Commercial Interiors
LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations
LEED 2009 for Schools New Construction and Major Renovations

1 Point

Intent

To encourage environmentally responsible forest management.

Requirements

When using new wood-based products and materials, use a minimum of 50% that are certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council's principles and criteria. Division 12 (Furniture) material value is included in the determination of the certified wood content.

Eykon Design Resources Products Containing Certified Wood

Interested in finding products that can contribute to MR Credit 7? Go to advanced search to view search results for products containing certified wood.

Eykon Design Resources collections featuring patterns with certified wood include: Source One Woods, Symphony.

Please note some of the product brands listed may only be available regionally. No worries though. When you search for products on our website we will first ask you for your state to ensure you're only viewing products available in your area.

Indoor Environmental Quality

IEQ CREDIT 4.2: LOW-EMITTING MATERIALS—PAINTS AND COATINGS

1 point

Intent

To reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of installers and occupants.

Requirements

Paints and coatings used on the interior of the building (i.e. inside the weatherproofing system and applied on-site) must comply with the following criteria as applicable to the project scope:

Architectural paints and coatings applied to interior walls and ceilings — must not exceed the volatile organic compound (VOC) content limits established in Green Seal Standard GS-11, Paints, 1st Edition, May 20, 1993.

Anti-corrosive and anti-rust paints applied to interior ferrous metal substrates must not exceed the VOC content limit of 250 g/L established in Green Seal Standard GS-03, Anti-Corrosive Paints, 2nd Edition, January 7, 1997.

Clear wood finishes, floor coatings, stains, primers and shellacs applied to interior elements must not exceed the VOC content limits established in South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1113, Architectural Coatings, effective January 1, 2004.

Eykon Design Resources Products Containing Low-Emitting Materials

Interested in finding products that can contribute to IEQ Credit 4.2. Go to advanced search to view search results for products containing low-emitting materials.

Eykon Design Resources collections featuring patterns with low-emitting materials include: Cirqa, Cirqa Radius, Cirqa Second-Look, Lanark, Scion, Source One Exclusive, Symphony, Tower, Versa, Versa Joseph Abboud, Zolatone, Versa Second-Look.

Please note some of the product brands listed may only be available regionally. No worries though. When you search for products on our website we will first ask you for your state to ensure you're only viewing products available in your area.

Use of these and other Eykon products support USGBC/LEED criteria.