Sterling is proud to announce that most of its bathing and showering products made of Vikrell now carry GREENGUARD GOLD Certification and can contribute to better indoor air quality and the wellbeing of consumers. Because people spend the majority of their time in their homes, it is essential that they be safe and comfortable spaces for everyone to live and breathe in. Unfortunately, the indoor space exposes people to many more air pollutants than commonly expected.
This is why UL, an independent safety science company with more than 100 years of expertise, administers the GREENGUARD Certification program, which tests and certifies that products are healthier and more environmentally friendly, so consumers can feel confident in their product choices. GREENGUARD Certification indicates that products designed for use in indoor spaces meet strict chemical emission limits. Every step that can be taken to reduce or eliminate sources of harmful chemical indoor emissions is a step toward a healthier living environment.
“Achieving the GREENGUARD GOLD Certification for our Vikrell bath and shower products is another great testament to the quality of this material and the amazing value it brings to a home. It is truly rewarding for us to know that we don’t just sell a high-quality product that is durable and beautiful, but that also makes the home a safer place,” says Tim O’Connor, Sterling’s brand channel marketing director. “And we didn’t have to change anything in the material or manufacturing process to achieve this. Vikrell material has always been environmentally safe for the home.”
Solid Vikrell material offers exceptional strength combined with resistance to chipping, cracking and peeling. Vikrell is a solid composite material made of resins, fiberglass and filler that is exclusive to Kohler Co. The material is compression-molded in large presses to form baths and wall surrounds that are structurally rigid yet lightweight and feature a non-porous surface that is easy to clean. “
UL is a fully independent agency that provides unbiased results. “By achieving UL GREENGUARD GOLD Certification for its Vikrell products, Sterling has demonstrated to buyers, retailers and consumers their commitment to environmental excellence, healthy lifestyles and sustainable living,” said Sara Greenstein, president, UL Environment.
Products manufactured from STERLING Vikrell also meet California Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) regulations, which represent the highest standards in air quality. GREENGUARD Certification not only helps achieve good IAQ, but also contributes to LEED point attainment.
Sterling is a division of Kohler Co. and partners with trade professionals and do-it-yourself homeowners by providing kitchen and bath products that exemplify exceptional value, enduring design and functional innovation. STERLING products include bathing and showering fixtures, kitchen sinks and lavatories made from exclusive Vikrell® material; stainless steel sinks; shower doors, and vitreous china toilets and lavatories.
GREENGUARD Certification is part of UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories). GREENGUARD Certification helps manufacturers create--and helps buyers identify--interior products and materials that have low chemical emissions, improving the quality of the air in which the products are used. UL Environment acquired GREENGUARD in 2011, further advancing its mission of promoting global sustainability, environmental health, and safety.
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UL Environment works to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services, and organizations. We help companies achieve their sustainability goals—and help purchasers, specifiers, retailers, governments, and consumers find products they can trust. UL Environment offers environmental claim validations, multi-attribute product certifications, environmental product declarations, indoor air quality certification, product emissions testing, organizational sustainability certification, and consulting. For more information, visit www.ul.com/environment.