The EPA has even set forth procurement guidelines for federal and some state agencies, it’s also created the Carpet Product Stewardship, a product-centered approach to environmental protection; which calls on those in the product life cycle: -manufacturers, -retailers, -users, and -disposers to share responsibility for reducing the environmental impacts of products. CRI, on the other hand, has set IAQ Standards for off-gassing of products using scientifically established standards. The US Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings through a rigorous multi-level certification process.
According to the U.S. Green Building Council LEED-Certified buildings have faster leasing times, thereby, retaining property value through quality tenants and care of the building space. But why is this? What causes these Eco-friendly buildings to be so attractive? There are two major benefits of using LEED Certified products when; building, making upgrades or renovations to your office space. Financial Benefits, LEED Certified Construction increases the accountability and number of quality checks during construction, lowering the potential for expensive mistakes during the build. There are also the Health Benefits. This part of our answer should be glaringly obvious, LEED Certified products including Green Label Plus and LEED Certified Carpet, ensure that individuals exposed to new materials after installation are exposed to the lowest emissions of potentially harmful gasses as the products off gas the remnants of chemicals used in the manufacturing and installation process. More Simply put, the people visiting, working and living in your spaces will feel healthier while in your space. Carpet, foam padding and the adhesives used during installation are notorious for lingering fumes.
Environmental Attributes to Look For
- Low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- No toxic dyes
- Reduced energy use (from manufacturing)
- Reduced or improved air emissions (from manufacturing)
CRI’s Green Label Certification is the fourth generation of voluntary IAQ standard enhancements by the carpet industry. Environmentally friendly leadership like that shown by American Carpet manufacturer Bloomsburg Carpet Industries is being seen throughout the industry. Bloomsburg Carpet Industries has long utilized products that avoid the depletion of resources including: Zeftron Enviro6ix Nylons, Bloomsburg Nylon, and Wools of New Zealand as well as all-natural jute fiber carpet backing. TUVA and Bloomsburg Carpet lines include numerous LEED Certified Products lending to the growing commitment to better every consumers quality of life through dozens of LEED Certified designers and builders throughout the country, helping build the greenest commercial spaces available by providing LEED and Green Label Plus certified carpet made in the USA.