The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) said it has expanded its "Green Label" air quality testing program to include adhesives. To receive Green Label Plus certification, adhesives used for flooring installations must undergo a 14-day test for 15 compounds. The products are then subsequently submitted for annual and semi-annual tests for specific compounds and total levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). CRI says that to ensure objectivity, the tests will be conducted by an independent lab.

"There is growing demand among architects, builders and facility administrators for products that contribute to a healthy indoor environment," noted CRI President, Werner Braun. "The Green Label Plus label on carpets, and now adhesives, assures end users these products meet stringent requirements for low chemical emissions. Green Label Plus has once again set the highest standard regarding indoor air quality for carpet industry products."

"Many carpet adhesives today meet performance standards and emit far fewer chemicals than those of the past," added Braun. "Green Label Plus certification ensures specifies and customers that they are getting one of the lowest-emitting products in the marketplace."

Commercial carpet and adhesives that meet the criteria for Green Label Plus are listed on the CRI website: .