ATLANTA — The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
(GEI) has announced the unexpected withdrawal of NSF International
from the joint development of GEI/NSF 112 — Volatile Organic Emissions from Building Products and Interior Furnishing Products, a comprehensive health-based American National Standards Institute
(ANSI) standard, according to a press release
"We are disappointed by NSF''s decision to withdraw from this standard development process and do not wish, in any way, to end our relationship with them," said Brian Englert, Ph.D., manager of science and standards at GEI.
"We value NSF''s standard development expertise and feel that, combined with GREENGUARD''s unparalleled product emissions expertise, the resultant health-based product emissions standard would have been a great boon to healthier indoor environments," Englert added.
The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute received written notice of NSF''s withdrawal from these joint standard development activities on February 11, 2011 — nine months into the two organizations'' partnership, the release stated.
NSF indicated that its decision was based largely on UL Environment''s
recent acquisition of GREENGUARD, the release noted.