Nonprofit healthcare system seeks to create a PVC-free environment.
Kaiser Permanente – the largest nonprofit healthcare system in the United States – sought to make the switch from products containing polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to materials that promoted better indoor air quality. Based out of Oakland, CA, the organization serves more than 9 million members and has hospitals and medical offices throughout the country.
Launching a 2½-year search for appropriate alternatives to PVC products, Kaiser Permanente deliberated over a variety of resilient flooring options, including linoleum, laminate, rubber and polymeric flooring. A special research committee evaluated each manufacturer on product performance (especially maintenance), healthcare product offerings and environmental criteria.
After extensive research, in-house testing and four pilot projects, Kaiser Permanente officials named nora® its exclusive rubber flooring provider for company medical centers and medical office buildings. According to administrators, the floor covering’s low-maintenance surface performed well in high-traffic areas while offering a solution that never requires floor waxing and recoating.
Coupled with the floor’s improved traction and resistance to staining, nora became one of only two national standards for resilient flooring with Kaiser Permanente. “nora flooring offers improved traction, reducing the potential for falls, and stain resistance,” says Thomas Cooper, manager of strategic sourcing and echnology, Kaiser Permanente.
Read the full list of factors considered by Kaiser Permanente in the complete project profile.