Dalton, Georgia - The US Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has announced in a 2 June statement that it is the first organisation within the soft-floor-covering sector to earn accreditation as a certification body for indoor air quality by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI).
CRI's Green Label and Green Label Plus programmes comply with the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Guide 65, General requirements for bodies operating product certification programmes. The Green label programmes test for and certify low emissions from carpet, carpet cushion and adhesive.
CRI president Werner Braun commented, "CRI is proud to have the first and only ANSI-certified green carpet programme in the United States, we set the standard with the Green Label programme, and now we are raising the bar with this prestigious ANSI certification that recognises best practices for indoor air quality testing and certification."
CRI originally launched the Green Label programme to test carpet, cushions and adhesives for low-emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) before enhancing the programme in 2002, the enhancement Green Label Plus has approval from California's Indoor Air Quality Programme and the Sustainable Building Task Force for meeting section 01350, the low-emitting materials criteria.