asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program Launches Free App to help Parents Find Products for a Healthier Home

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America in partnership with Allergy Standards Limited launches new asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program App and video to make it easier for parents to identify and purchase Certified products

LANDOVER, MD--(Marketwired - December 20, 2016) - The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program, an independent program administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with the international standards body Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), today announced the launch of their Certification Program App to help empower consumers to make informed purchasing decisions when choosing allergen-avoidance products, right from the palm of their hands.

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Tarkett Preference®Plus and ValuePro™ CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®, Making All Tarkett Residential Resilient Sheet Flooring Certified

SOLON, Ohio (August 15, 2016) –Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions, announces today, their Preference® Plus and ValuePro™ products are now CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). This expands the AAFA certification to all Tarkett residential resilient vinyl sheet flooring products. Tarkett is the first flooring manufacturer to receive certification from AAFA for multiple flooring products, for both commercial and residential applications.

“Asthma is the leading chronic disease in children. As one of the world’s leading flooring manufacturers, we are committed to the creation of homes which create healthy environments that are also beautiful to live in”, says Diane Martel, Vice President of Environmental Planning and Sustainability. “We have worked hard to improve the safety of our raw materials and emissions for over a decade – a commitment which is recognized in the breadth of our certifications from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.”

As an independent, third-party certification program, the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program helps consumers identify products that are scientifically proven to be more suitable for people with asthma and related allergic sensitivities. Certified flooring products are scientifically tested to prove that the retention of allergens is low, and any allergens collected can be removed by the recommended cleaning techniques. Going beyond the composition and cleaning process, installation of certified flooring must not result in elevated levels of chemicals such as formaldehyde, acetaldehyde or other VOCs.

Improving not just the health and sustainability but also the performance of the products, Tarkett Preference Plus and ValuePro are now finished with an improved urethane seal. The urethane seal improves scratch resistance and durability while offering a consistent, matte finish.

Tarkett offers CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® products for every space, including commercial, light commercial, sports flooring and residential. For more information on the newly certified resilient products, or any other Tarkett products visit

About Tarkett
With net sales of 2.7 billion euros in 2015, Tarkett is a global leader in innovative and sustainable solutions for flooring and sports surfaces. Offering a wide range of products including vinyl, linoleum, carpet, rubber, wood & laminate, synthetic turf and athletic tracks, the Group serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. With 12,000 employees and 34 industrial sites, Tarkett sells 1.3 million square meters of flooring every day, for hospitals, schools, housing, hotels, offices, stores and sports fields. Committed to sustainable development, the Group has implemented an eco-innovation strategy and promotes circular economy. Tarkett is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A, ticker TKTT, ISIN: FR0004188670).