Underwriters Laboratories now "the" Green certifier

Underwriters Laboratories has been a bastion for product safety for over a century. Now they’re working to be known as a global environmental standards certifier.

On June 2nd, UL’s five month old subsidiary, UL Environment (U.L.E.) awarded their first environmental certification to EcoRock, a recycled drywall manufactured by Serious Materials of Sunnyvale, CA.

U.L.E. began testing EcoRock in January. They verified its recycled content, tested its VOC emissions and tested for mold resistance. Now a select number of contractors in northern California are testing it.

Serious Materials plans to make EcoRock available to its 1,000 wholesalers and 40 West coast Lowe’s stores in about 2 months,, says Kevin Surace, the chief executive of Serious Materials.

Surace says the U.L.E. certification will help Serious Materials sell EcoRock panels for building projects slated for LEED certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

U.L.E. is testing a number of other products, including wind turbines, dishwashers and TV’s.

Now manufacturers have a choice when it comes to certification – the standard UL product safety label and the new environmental-standards label by U.L.E.

U.L.E. plans to quickly expand its laboratories and offices. “By next year, we may have outposts in China and Japan,” said Marcello Manca, the vice president and general manager of U.L.E.. “We want to make U.L.E. more of a global presence.”

Time will tell whether this new certification gains the prestige and status of the parent company’s label. Or if manufacturers will see the advantage of spending the funds for this green come-lately.

Underwriters Laboratories now “the” Green certifier

Underwriters Laboratories has been a bastion for product safety for over a century. Now they’re working to be known as a global environmental standards certifier.

On June 2nd, UL’s five month old subsidiary, UL Environment (U.L.E.) awarded their first environmental certification to EcoRock, a recycled drywall manufactured by Serious Materials of Sunnyvale, CA.

U.L.E. began testing EcoRock in January. They verified its recycled content, tested its VOC emissions and tested for mold resistance. Now a select number of contractors in northern California are testing it.

Serious Materials plans to make EcoRock available to its 1,000 wholesalers and 40 West coast Lowe’s stores in about 2 months,, says Kevin Surace, the chief executive of Serious Materials.

Surace says the U.L.E. certification will help Serious Materials sell EcoRock panels for building projects slated for LEED certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

U.L.E. is testing a number of other products, including wind turbines, dishwashers and TV’s.

Now manufacturers have a choice when it comes to certification – the standard UL product safety label and the new environmental-standards label by U.L.E.

U.L.E. plans to quickly expand its laboratories and offices. “By next year, we may have outposts in China and Japan,” said Marcello Manca, the vice president and general manager of U.L.E.. “We want to make U.L.E. more of a global presence.”

Time will tell whether this new certification gains the prestige and status of the parent company’s label. Or if manufacturers will see the advantage of spending the funds for this green come-lately.