What is LEED-Certified Carpet?
To protect your personal health and ensure you purchase high-quality carpet, it is important to look for LEED-certified products. Not only does this help the environment, but it also saves you money and prevents health hazards from entering your home. Let’s take a closer look.
What Does it Mean to be LEED-Certified?
Environmental certifications are not necessarily new. The EPA has set procurement guidelines for federal and some state agencies. Additionally, it has created the Carpet Product Stewardship, a product-centered approach to environmental protection. These guidelines call 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, known as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
What Are the Benefits of LEED Certification?
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 renovating your office space.
1. Financial Benefits
LEED Certified Construction increases the accountability and number of quality checks during construction, lowering the potential for expensive mistakes during the build. So, you can avoid surprise problems and expensive repairs or replacements.
2. Health Benefits.
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 gases. On the other hand, normal products release gas that forms from the remnants of chemicals used in the manufacturing and installation process. So, simply put, the people visiting, working, and living in your spaces will feel healthier. Carpet, foam padding, and the adhesives used during installation are notorious for lingering fumes.
Environmental Attributes to Look For in Carpet
- Low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- No toxic dyes
- Reduced energy use (from manufacturing)
- Reduced or improved air emissions (from manufacturing)
Still Not Convinced?
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 that lend to the growing commitment to better every consumer’s quality of life. Dozens of LEED-certified designers and builders throughout the country help build the greenest commercial spaces available by providing LEED and Green Label Plus certified carpet made in the USA.
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