ANN ARBOR, MI – NSF International is working with Wilsonart LLC to develop a Product Category Rule (PCR) for residential countertops. According to NSF, the rule will provide a standardized method for reporting the environmental impact of residential countertop products and materials throughout their life cycle.

“The Product Category Rule will provide the industry a much needed standard for measuring and reporting the environmental attributes of residential countertops, providing a basis for improvement and a process that will enable reductions in environmental impacts over time. We look forward to the positive impact this will make on the industry and those that seek more sustainable building and furnishing materials for their homes,” Steve Lubowinski of Wilsonart said in a statement. Lubowinski, a research fellow, is leading the life-cycle analysis activities. Wilsonart manufactures and distributes high pressure laminates and other surfacing materials and components for use in countertops as well as furniture and fixtures.

NSF said the residential countertop PCR will be established in accordance with the international environmental labeling standard ISO 14025. Through its division NSF Sustainability, the organization will offer third-party verification for compliance.

“The residential countertop PCR will enable interior designers and architects to source countertops with environmentally preferable attributes using comparative data that has been gathered and reported in a standardized fashion. This is crucial in helping homebuilders and remodelers source products that meet their customers’ environmental goals,” added Tom Bruursema, general manager of NSF’s Sustainability division.

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