Is there a resource/website to research engineered hardwood products' level of offgassing and if they meet Europe's E1 or E0 criteria?

Asked by carol harris
Novato, CA

The salesmen are not that familiar with or educated about VOC levels. It would be easier to shop for products if I had a listing of companies that are more green-friendly (low or no VOC). You can write the companies, but I would prefer to know upfront. My daughter has asthma and I want to minimize her exposures. My house is on a concrete slab. There are some companies that advertise no formaldehyde (such as EcoTimber) but I know there are others. How to decipher?


William Fry

Answered by William Fry

Cupertino, CA

Bill Fry Construction - Wm. H. Fry Construction Company

September 7, 2010

There doesn't seem to be a single website with links to low-VOC engineered flooring companies. There are so many green flooring companies, and by the time you find the one you like, you might find that the product is hard to get locally.

So, I suggest you find a local eco home store.

  • We've had very good experience with local green home retailers, such as Reclaim Home in Menlo Park, CA.
  • Closer to your home, Eco Home Improvement in Berkeley offers both products and eco-friendly installation.

Good luck with your new floor.

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