Green Building Standards
How carpet earns rating points
In 1992, CRI launched its Green Label testing and approval program, which sets limits for the level of VOC emissions from carpet, adhesives and cushion that can be released into the indoor air. Since then, the program has voluntary raised IAQ standards four times by requiring even lower emission levels and increasing the number of compounds studied in the Green Label Plus program.
Carpet systems that meet or exceed CRI’s Green Label Plus programs can contribute one full Indoor Environmental Quality Credit to the LEED ratings of the U.S. Green Building Council . Similarly, the Green Guide for Health Care awards one point to healthcare facilities that install Green Label Plus carpet.
Projects can earn LEED credits by incorporating salvaged materials—such as refurbished, reused or recycled carpet—into plans for new construction or renovation. Projects can also earn credits by incorporating carpet containing recycled content materials. Recycled content carpet meets the same industry performance standards and carries the same manufacturer warranties as carpet without recycled content.
Green Label carpet is also used as a specification standard for the American Lung Association’s Healthy Home program and the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) in conjunction with the state of California.