When the NSF created the wallcovering standard, they set requirements for different types of durability and sustainability of each of the classifications. A point system was created to detail how well a wallcovering performed during testing. Six key areas were established:
Certification for the different types of wallcovering must meet the qualifications for all areas. Considering how recently the new the standard was set up, some people may wonder if it is worth it to get the certification as it can be time consuming and initially difficult to produce wallcoverings that meet all of the metrics for these six areas.
While it is not necessary for manufacturers to meet these requirements (wallcoverings can still be sold without certification), it is something that an increasing number of customers look for in their purchases. Knowing that various wallcoverings being considered for use throughout a building all meet the same minimal suitability and durability makes it a lot easier to choose the right covering for any situation.
Evaluation of all manufacturers looking to be certified must meet the set requirements for the following categories:
Energy used to produce the wallcovering
If the wallcovering is recyclable
Indoor air quality
Raw material used
Nor do these requirements only apply to the manufacturer. Each distributor who sells the wallcovering must also prove that they meet the same requirements before a wallcovering may be certified. Distributors must meet the following requirements:
Method of distribution
Minimizing the production of waste throughout the product’s life
Support of the recycling infrastructure at the wallcoverings end of life
Ultimately, the requirements ensure that the product consumers receive is consistent, regardless of manufacturer. It also ensures that the final product provides a greener approach to minimize waste once the known life-span of the wallcovering is reached. This allows for easier planning, as well as offering a more sustainable method of operation.