Material Collection

Resilient Flooring

Why is it important to consider alternatives to vinyl (aka "PVC") flooring?  For starters, an incredibly toxic chemical known as Dioxin is released in the manufacturing, burning, and landfilling of PVC as chlorine molecules are heated to high temperatures.  Dioxins not only persist in the body for years after exposure, but with links to cancer, reproductive disorders, and hormone disruption, they have been called the most toxic man-made substance ever created.

It is important that designers seek healthier alternatives in linoleum, cork, natural rubber, or bio-based materials that avoid any inclusion of vinyl.

Resilient Flooring

3 products
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About Our Collections

The goal of our collections is to help promote transparency in the material ingredients of building products by fostering knowledge and awareness of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available, and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts.

Keep an eye out for the following symbols:
A Healthier Affordable Building Product

Products with the designation of "Healthier & Affordable" were specified and installed in at least one of our Case Studies of healthier affordable housing.

Available at the Donghia healthier Materials Library

The Donghia healthier Materials Library library is open to Parsons student and faculty. Learn more about access and opening hours here.

New Product

This product has been added to the collection within the past six months.

Ingredient Disclosures

There are several ways of evaluating a material’s health that we include with product information. Disclosures are reports by manufacturers about product ingredients, impacts, or other attributes.

Key Disclosures include:
Health Product Declaration (HPD)

A voluntary technical specification for reporting information on product contents and associated health information, intended to be the health-analogue to Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

Declare Label

Declare is a transparency platform and product database that answers three questions: 
  1. Where does a product come from?
  2. What is it made of?
  3. Where does it go at the end of its life?

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

A standardized format for communicating the environmental effects associated with a product’s raw materials extraction, energy use, chemical makeup, waste generation, and emissions to air, soil, and water.

Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

A reporting format that provides basic information about a material’s chemical ingredients, the potential safety hazards to installers, and recommended practices for installation.

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Marmoleum Modular

A Healthier Affordable Building Product
Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Linoleum flooring made from natural raw materials.


Category
Flooring, Linoleum
Manufacturer
Forbo Flooring Systems
Product Website

Material composition *

Linseed Oil 20%, Gum Rosin 2%, Tall Oil 6%, Wood Flour 31%, Calcium Carbonate 8%, Reused Marmoleum 23 %, Titanium Dioxide 3%, Various other pigments 1%, Polyester 5%, Lacquer 1%

*As reported by manufacturer and product EPD

AVAILABLE SIZING

9.8”x 9.8”, 9.8”x 19.69” and 19.69”x 19.69” Tiles

COLORS

Available in a variety of colors

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

RAW MATERIALS ORIGIN

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Norament Tiles

Available At the Donghia Materials Library

Rubber floor covering is which is pressed under high pressure to creates a very dense, sealed surface. Resistant to wear and supports fast and easy cleaning.


Category
Flooring, Rubber
Manufacturer
Nora
Product Website

Material composition *

Polymers (Synthetic Rubber) 39%, Minerals 46%, Titanium Dioxide 8%, Auxiliary Substances and Vulcanization System 7%

*As reported by manufacturer and product EPD

AVAILABLE SIZING

39.53”x 39.53” Tile

COLORS

Available in a variety of colors

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE

RAW MATERIALS ORIGIN

Harmonium XF2™ - Veneto​

Harmonium XF2™ - Veneto made of 73% rapidly renewable content, available in 62 Colorways and 2.0 mm and 2.5 mm thickness and Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified. This product is Phthalate-free.


Category
Flooring, Bio Based
Manufacturer
Tarkett
Product Website

AVAILABLE SIZING

Roll 32 m x 2 mx 2.5 mm

COLORS

62 Colors

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
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Last Updated

February 27, 2018

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Hazard Avoidance and Emissions Criteria:
The products in this collection have been evaluated for the primary hazards found in resilient flooring, including PVC/Vinyl, Phthalate plasticizers, Heavy Metals, Halogenated Flame Retardants, Isocyanates, and Tire-Derived Recycled Rubber.  According to the products’ respective ingredients disclosures, all have shown to avoid these primary substances.
All products in the collection must also meet the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions criteria of the California Section 01350 Standard, which has been adopted by certification programs such as FloorScore®, GreenGuard, and the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS).

Updated May 3, 2017
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