Friday, April 8, 2011

Indoor Air Quality for Architects, Designers and Builders: Fact Sheet

Indoor Air Quality for Architects, Designers and Builders: CRI Fact Sheet

AIR QUALITY THAT’S BUILT IN ~ CRI Downloadable Fact Sheet on Carpet and Indoor Air Quality for Architects, Designers and Builders - 2nd in a series

This series of articles is designed to share some of Carpet and Rug Institute’s (CRI) best online assets – a collection of downloadable fact sheets. Developed as easy-to-use, one-page position statements, the CRI Fact Sheets cover four main carpet-related topic areas: Indoor Air Quality, Asthma and Allergy, Cleaning Products, and Environmental Sustainability. Each of these topics is addressed from the perspective of various market segments: carpet dealers and consumers; architects, designers and builders; school administrators and facility managers, and healthcare administrators and facility managers. There are also separate fact sheets explaining CRI’s Green Label Plus Indoor Air Quality and Seal of Approval carpet cleaning standards – 18 fact sheets in all.

The fact sheet on Indoor Air Quality for architects, designers and builders begins,

“When it comes to air quality, you can breathe easier with carpet. Despite misconceptions, carpet emits less and filters more compounds than any other flooring option. The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has conducted scientific research and gathered independent data that show carpet delivers the best air quality around.” It continues:

What You Should Know

• New carpet is the lowest VOC-emitting floor covering and one of the lowest-emitting products used in new construction and renovation – much lower than products such as paint. The already low VOC emission of new carpet drops significantly after 24 hours—even sooner with fresh air ventilation.

• Carpet manufacturers were the first in the flooring industry to thoroughly study their products for indoor air quality effects in commercial settings. CRI worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), academic institutions and independent laboratories to evaluate carpet’s role in the indoor environment.

• In 1992, CRI became the first organization to set limits on VOC emissions from carpet, adhesives and cushion. Since then, the Green Label Plus program has voluntarily tightened IAQ standards four times by requiring even lower emission levels and increasing the number of compounds evaluated.

• CRI also worked with California’s Sustainable Building Task Force and Department of Health to certify carpet and adhesives. Green Label Plus meets, and even exceeds, the low-emitting product testing protocols used by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). 

• LEED ratings require that carpet systems meet CRI’s Green Label Plus standard to gain one full LEED point. The Green Guide for Healthcare awards one point to healthcare facilities that install approved carpet.

• Picotte Companies was awarded LEED v2 Silver certification when it built a 471,000 square foot commercial office building using adhesives, carpet, sealants, paints, etc. that emit low or no VOCs.

CRI wants to be known not just as the science-based source of information about carpet, but as the first stop for any and all questions about this wonderful floor covering.

Click on this link to download the CRI Downloadable Fact Sheet on Carpet and Indoor Air Quality for Architects, Designers and Builders.

[The previous post in this series discussed Indoor Air Quality Fact Sheet for Carpet Retailers, Consumers.]

See the complete list of Carpet and Rug Institute Downloadable Fact Sheets.

Next - Indoor Air Quality for school administrators and facility managers.

~Bethany

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