The European rulebook
Over the past decades, European standards and regulations have come to play an important role in our lives. From prescribing the size of shipping containers, to dictating maximum levels of ingredients in the food we eat, to name but a couple examples. Though they might appear overprotective or irrational at times, these rules are in general designed to protect us, and to create better living and working conditions.
The laminate standard
In the late 1990s, the EU introduced standard EN 13329, specifying characteristics requirements and test methods for laminate floor coverings. It also includes a classification system, based on EN 685, indicating in what areas and under which conditions laminate floors can be used.
Classes 21 to 23 mean a flooring is fit for domestic use, classes 31 to 34 indicate a flooring is fit for more intensive, ‘commercial’ use. Classes 41 to 43 indicate a flooring can be used in industrial environments. While the first digit gives an idea of the general environment (2: domestic, 3: commercial, 4: industrial), the second digit further subdivides this usage into ‘light’ (1), ‘moderate’ (2), ‘heavy’ (3) and ‘very intensive’ (4).