GH Commercial are delighted to have achieved Global GreenTag’s GreenRate, Level A certification for a number of our commercial vinyl and hybrid flooring products.  

Global GreenTag™ is a third-party certification system used by architects and designers. It provides independent, evidence-based research on product solutions that contribute to a more sustainably built environment. Including a universal product search interface showcasing over 10,000 sustainable products, Global GreenTag features several different certification programs. Requiring complete transparency from manufacturers, one such program, GreenRate, uses an ecolabel system and assesses exactly how and from what each product is made, rating their overall health and environmental impact, while also examining other criteria like local sourcing, ethical labour and supply chain principles.  

GreenRate Certified  

LVP and Hybrid Flooring  

We are pleased to announce that the following GH Commercial Luxury Vinyl Plank and Hybrid flooring products have been awarded GreenRate Level A, the highest possible GreenRate certification.  

Luxury Vinyl Plank 

  • Transform Collection (AU only)  
    includes Moduleo 55 Woods & Moduleo 55 Tiles 
  • Impress Collection (AU only)  
  • Includes Moduleo 55 Impressive & Moduleo 55 Expressive  
  • Aquila DS+ 
  • Aaria DS & Aaria DS+ (NZ Only)  

Hybrid Flooring 

  • Apollo 
  • Apollo XL 
  • Apollo Stone 
  • Apollo Hardwood  

As an increasingly aware marketplace looks to source materials that conform to stringent sustainability and toxic-free manufacturing standards, clear and unambiguous information is key.  

Both the Green Building Council of Australia and New Zealand recognise Global GreenTag as an important independent arbiter in verifying sustainable products; vital for achieving a Green Star certified building. Specifically devised by Global GreenTag to comply with Green Star’s rating tools, GreenRate certified products are examined for ‘Fit-for-Purpose’ criteria and confirmed for Building Code compliance.  

As a transparency program with full disclosure of product ingredients, GreenRate looks at a product’s health and ecotoxicity, plus a multitude of other aspects, including ingredients at various stages and conditions such as resource use, waste reduction greenhouse gas and water footprints.  

GreenRate is entirely designed to support architects and designers looking to select products for their Green Star rates projects.  

How Does GreenRate Level A Certification Translate? 

Featuring a multitude of diverse criteria open for review, GreenRate Level A certification provides 100% of the credit points available in the Green Star rating tools.  

Here’s how our GreenRate, Level A certification translates across the widely used sustainable building programs in Australia and New Zealand.  

Green Star 

  • 100% points under the ‘Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) / Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)’ credit (GreenRate, Level B = 75% points & GreenRate, Level C = 50% points) 
  • Points available under the ‘Sustainable Product’ credit 
     

Well™ Building Standard  

  • Recognition under the VOC’s / IAQ and Enhanced Material Safety credits 

LEED® 

  • Recognition under the ‘VOC’s / IAQ credit 
     

Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) Rating Scheme  

  • Recognition under the ‘Sustainable Product’ credit  

 

GreenStar ‘Sustainable Products’ Credit  

Given the increased emphasis on sustainable building practices, certified, environmentally responsible vinyl products are a frequent commercial tender request. PVC products in materials such as hard flooring, blinds, cables, pipes and permanent formwork, are often recognised as the most fit for purpose, with no available alternatives or possible substitutions, and as such, the Green Building Council of Australia has established that vinyl material cannot be rules out for use. Therefore, vinyl products that have achieved the stringent GreenRate certification can earn points under the Green Star ‘Sustainable Products’ credit.  

Learn more about GreenTag and our other product certifications here.  

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