Wright Line Furniture Products Earn GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification

Designation Assists Customers Looking to Achieve LEED Environmental Status for Green Buildings

WORCESTER, Mass., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ — Wright Line, a manufacturer of enclosures and airflow management systems for today’s complex data centers, as well as command and control consoles and other furniture for technology-intensive work applications, has announced that a large selection of its products comply with the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) standards for products from the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI).

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Through this designation, Wright Line is giving its customers the ability to create healthier environments while bringing them closer to achieving valuable Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) points – the nationally accepted benchmark toward the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

Wright Line’s Compass(TM), LINX(R), LMS(TM), Optimedia(R), Profile(R), TechBench(TM) and TechCart(TM) product lines now hold the GREENGUARD Certification. The process to attain the third-party GREENGUARD Certification stamp of approval requires rigorous testing to determine if the individual components that make up the final products consist of low-emitting materials. For a complete listing of certified Wright Line models, view the GREENGUARD Online Product Guide. Each product is linked to a printable certificate that verifies GREENGUARD Certification, which is approved by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for LEED project submission.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, people spend over 90 percent of their time indoors where they are exposed to thousands of airborne pollutants. Inadequate ventilation, high temperatures and high humidity levels increase concentrations of some contaminants, leading to indoor air pollution levels – on average two to five times greater than those outdoors and in some cases up to 100 times greater. Children and people with weakened immune systems are at the greatest risk because they are more susceptible to certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), pesticides and allergens, which may trigger allergic reactions, asthma symptoms and other health problems.

“Green has become a key in product selection and we are thrilled to have attained this designation from the GEI. As we work with business owners, as well as specifying members of the architect, design and engineering communities, on new construction projects we will certainly tout this important certification,” stated Wright Line CEO, Ed Bednarcik.

Dr. Marilyn Black, Founder of GEI had this to say, “The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute applauds Wright Line on its commitment to furthering our mission of improving indoor air quality. When certified Wright Line products are integrated into any facility, building owners can be assured that the products they are purchasing are healthy for their indoor environments.”

About Wright Line

Wright Line, a global leader in the design and manufacture of consoles, enclosures, office and other specialty furniture for technology-intensive work environments, has been serving the data center, government office, call center, analytical and electronic laboratory and high-tech manufacturing environments for 75 years. The company is headquartered in Worcester, MA and can be contacted by email at info@wrightline.com or by phone, 800.225.7348.

About the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI)

Founded in 2001, GEI is an industry-independent, non-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification Program(SM). The Institute’s mission is to protect human health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air that people breathe. As an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer, GEI establishes acceptable indoor air standards for building materials, interior products, electronic equipment, indoor environments and buildings. The more than 200,000 GREENGUARD Certified products must meet stringent third-party standards for low chemical emissions based on established health standards and undergo rigorous testing and verification processes on a regular basis. GREENGUARD Certification is broadly recognized and accepted by a number of “green” building programs, including the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Rating System. An online guide of GREENGUARD Certified products is available at no charge at http://www.greenguard.org.

About LEED

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System(TM) encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

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