The first ANSI-approved standard designed to help architects, designers and end users identify green carpets was unveiled during the recent Greenbuild show in Chicago. The voluntary standard offers three ratings (silver, gold and platinum) for reduced environmental impact and “defines environmental, social and economic performance requirements” for better benchmarking. The standard was developed by public health organization NSF International along with a committee of end users, architects, interior designers, manufacturers, academics and state and federal officials.
Wilson, standards director for NSF, said she believes the new standard will
have an immediate impact. “We expect this highly anticipated standard will be
widely adopted and referenced across building design, construction and operation
industries as the standard of choice for green carpet,” she said.
The Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard, or NSF 140-2007,
measures established performance requirements throughout the supply chain,
including public health and environment, energy efficiency, bio-based and
recycled materials, manufacturing and reclamation. Though the standard can be
used to measure any carpet product, the NSF expects it will be used mostly for
commercial carpet products to complement current green building codes. For more
information, call (800) 673-6275 or visit www.nsf.org/info/carpet.
Sustainable carpet standard launched during Greenbuild
January 17, 2008