The Green GOOD DESIGN award, sponsored by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, identifies and emphasizes the world's most important examples of sustainable design. Additionally, the program aims to develop a public awareness about which companies are doing the best job in this category.
Johnsonite's iQ vinyl flooring line, one of hundreds of entries received from 27 nations around the world, features six sustainable flooring solutions to meet the everyday demands of any high-performance environment: iQ Optima Homogeneous Sheet and Tile, iQ Optima® Acoustiflor® Sheet, iQ Natural Homogenous Sheet, iQ Granit™ Homogeneous Sheet and Tile, iQ Granit SD Static Dissipative Sheet and Tile, and iQ Toro SC Static Conductive Sheet and Tile.
Developed with an exclusive blend of raw materials iQ flooring provides superior wear and abrasion resistance, plus optimum stain resistance. The homogeneous iQ construction allows the flooring to retain its original beauty over time. With simple dry-buffing, the surface actually restores itself.
iQ products are phthalate-free. They require no waxing, polishing or use of protective chemicals, resulting in fewer contaminants in the waste stream, and incorporate 25 percent recycled content. The products are FloorScore® certified and also produce TVOC emissions below the level of quantification for better air quality and healthier work environments.
Overall, iQ flooring options offer the lowest cleaning and maintenance cost and the best life-cycle cost of any resilient flooring, all of which result in a viable sustainable flooring solution.
"The iQ Vinyl Flooring line represents Johnsonite's vision of sustainability and innovative flooring solutions," said Laurey Banker, director of product management, Johnsonite. "Johnsonite is extremely proud to be a Green GOOD DESIGN Award recipient and strives to continue to develop innovative, sustainable products."
For more information about Johnsonite products and their many green certifications and sustainable initiatives, visit www.johnsonite.com or www.johnsoniteenvironment.com.
About GOOD DESIGN
GOOD DESIGN™ was founded in Chicago in 1950 by Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. to promote and foster a greater public understanding and acceptance for Modern Design. The original GOOD DESIGN program remains the oldest and most important Awards Program worldwide.
For more than 100 years, Johnsonite has been a leading provider of innovative flooring solutions that integrate function, design, life safety, and sustainability to enhance productivity in commercial spaces. Johnsonite is the North American commercial brand of the Tarkett Group, which manufactures and markets integrated flooring, flooring accessories, wall base and sports surface solutions to professionals and end users in 100 countries, from 30 production sites. And, with 2010 revenues of €1.9 billion, Tarkett Group is a leading global flooring supplier. Since January 2007, Tarkett has been owned by the Deconinck family (50%) and private equity funds affiliated with KKR (50%). Tarkett and its Johnsonite brand are committed to providing solutions that balance each component of the triple bottom line: people, the environment and economics. Johnsonite's mission is geared toward enhancing the productivity and well-being of the people who design, manufacture, distribute, live and work with their products daily. Johnsonite is headquartered in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with operations located throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.johnsonite.com and www.tarkett.com. Follow Johnsonite online via Twitter, @Johnsonite, and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/johnsoniteflooring.