As an internationally recognised certification system, the PEFC™ (›Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification‹) is committed to environmentally compatible, social and economically sustainable forestry management. Its focus is on protecting biodiversity, the health of forests, care and recovery.
The FSC® (›Forest Stewardship Council‹) is a worldwide certification system for wood and forestry management. Founded in 1993, the certification process of the not-for-profit member organisation covers the main areas of environment, social commitment and economy. The aim is that our forests are able to meet current needs – without putting future generations at a disadvantage.
Der Blaue Engel
"Der Blaue Engel" [the Blue Angel] is the first and oldest environmental mark in the world for products and services. It has been in existence since 1978 and is now awarded by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Environment Agency, RAL GmbH and the ›Eco-label Jury‹.
TÜV Rheinland AG is an international, independent inspection service from Cologne. Its test mark is completed by a special ID number, which is accessible to the public on the company's website and contains details of the respective certification. For instance, under test number 00000 39917 you can find out about Parador floors, which assortments with which certificates have been tested for quality, production and functionality and found to be good.
The certificate ›LGA tested Quality‹ is awarded by TÜV Rheinland. It shows that a product has been tested with regards to its all-round and lasting quality and its safety monitored; the certificate ›LGA tested‹ refers to a test on a product relating to certain product features. For example, the certificate ›LGA checked for harmful substances‹ shows that a product is particularly low on emissions.
Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V.
Together with the EPLF, the European Producers of Laminate Flooring, Parador is committed in the Institut für Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU) for more sustainability in the building sector. The collaboration between EPLF and IBU came about as part of the creation of EPDs (›environmental product declarations‹) for laminate floors. An EPD provides statements about the ecological behaviour of building products and is used by architects and planners as a basis for evaluating the sustainability of buildings.
A floor covering that bears this seal of quality is guaranteed to be made of real wood. The European Federation of the Parquet Industry (FEP) vouches for this. It officially introduced the European-wide trademark on 01 August 2006 to ›make it easier to identify original products‹.
Émissions dans l’air intérieur
Since 01 January 2012, building products and interior furnishing materials that are introduced on the French market must be classified and identified with regard to their emissions. So states ›Décret n° 2011-321‹, which was published on 25 March 2011. In this respect, category ›A+‹, into which resilient floor coverings from the Eco Balance PUR range fall, for example, correspond to the position with the lowest emissions.
M1 Emission class for building material
All materials, even wood, have a form of emissions. The emission class for building materials specifies the emission requirements for the materials used taking into account a good quality of the indoor air. In this respect, class M1, which is attributed to Eco Balance PUR, for example, stands for low emissions. Products in class M1 are preferred by many design engineers, architects and planning engineers when choosing materials for their projects.