Green Label Plus is an independent testing program that identifies carpet with very low emissions of VOCs to help improve indoor air quality. It is an outgrowth of, and enhancement to the CRI Green Label Carpet Testing Program. By selecting Green Label Plus carpet, adhesive or cushion, you are assured one of the lowest emitting products on the market, and you may be able to earn LEED, Green Globes, or Green Guide for Health Care points.
To receive initial certification, carpet products undergo a 14-day testing process, as required by California's Section 01350 Standard Practice for VOC Testing that measures emissions for a range of possible chemicals.
Carpet products: An independent laboratory tests carpet products for emission levels for seven chemicals as required by Section 01350, plus six additional chemicals as required by CRI. The 13 chemicals measured are as follows:
CRI Green Label Plus Carpet Program Test Criteria: Green Label Plus™ Emissions Criteria, Page 1 Emissions Criteria for Carpet (PDF 120 KB)
Adhesive products: Adhesive products are also independently tested for emission levels for 10 chemicals as required by Section 01350, plus 5 additional chemicals. The 15 chemicals measured are as follows:
CRI Green Label Plus Adhesive Program Test Criteria: Green Label Plus™ Emissions Criteria, Page 3 Emissions Criteria for Adhesive (PDF 120 KB)
Cushion Product: Cushion products are independently tested for emission levels of 11 compounds. Nine of these compounds are from the CA 01350 list (those that have actually occurred in cushion) and two remain from the Green Label Program. Thus, a Green Label Plus certified cushion is also compliant with the Green Label criteria. The 11 compounds measured are:
In order to earn and maintain Green Label Plus certifications, carpet, adhesives and cushion products must undergo a three-tier testing process to monitor continued compliance with the test program requirements.
CRI Green Label Plus Cushion Program Test Criteria: Green Label Plus™ Emissions Criteria, Page 2 Emissions Criteria for Cushion (PDF 120 KB)
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