UL verifies its first green product

Underwriters Laboratories or UL is well known for its safety product testing (just look at the back of your electric appliances for their symbol). Now their venturing into the Eco logo categories with their first-ever green validation announced a few days ago.

UL (through its new subsidiary UL Environment) said it has validated environmental claims for a new drywall product, EcoRock(TM), manufactured by green building materials manufacturer Serious Materials. (seriously, I don’t know how they came up with these company names lol!)

UL verified that EcoRock contains 80% recycled content; produces low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions that meets California standard 01350; that it is mercury free; and is highly resistant to mold.

Serious Materials claimed that EcoRock is the only true green alternative to gypsum drywall right now (can UL verify that??) and that EcoRock, is said to be five times more environmentally friendly than standard gypsum drywall.

“Its manufacturing process eliminates heaters, dryers, calcining, and the burning of fossil fuels. Using EcoRock instead of gypsum drywall would eliminate up to 20 billion pounds of CO2 emissions per year in North America,” said Serious Materials. (verify pls!)

With the proliferating eco labels out there, let’s see how UL will do in this green minefield. UL Environment was launched just this January





2 Responses to UL verifies its first green product

  1. ecogal 11 June, 2009 at 11:16 am #

    My understanding is that UL Environment validated only the 4 claims listed.

  2. Joseph 22 June, 2009 at 6:49 pm #

    It says “Serious Materials claimed that EcoRock is the only true green alternative to gypsum drywall right now ” even if it isn’t, it won’t be long anyhow. I think it is fantastic how we are going green in so many ways. I think we also need to do things like reducing our energy usage, like installing geothermal heat pumps to replace high energy heating and cooling systems.

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