NSF International, a nonprofit group that certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods, has published a guidebook to help flooring makers understand the NSF/ANSI 140-2007 Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard. According to NSF, the guidebook is aimed at “making it easier to understand NSF 140 and establish consistency in the data collection and documentation required for certification.”
envisioned the Guidance Manual as a resource for manufacturers seeking to enter
the certification arena. The final draft of the document is extremely well
done, and I think will prove to be even more valuable than we originally
expected,” said Frank Hurd, vp and COO of the Carpet and Rug Institute, one of
the architects of the standard.
guidebook is designed to help carpet manufacturers measure criteria including
environmental and social responsibility, quality control and record keeping,
public health and the environment, energy use, manufacturing processes,
reclamation and end of life management, and innovation. An appendix document
offers a Target Achievement Level Scorecard so manufacturers can evaluate
whether they are on target for gold, silver, or bronze-level certification.
by CRI, the standard was developed by the NSF Joint Committee for Sustainable
Carpet, a multidisciplinary consortium of stakeholders from business, academia,
environmental interests and government regulators. It applies to all broadloom
and tile carpet floor coverings, and is intended to be used to evaluate carpet
in commercial and institutional applications. Carpets certified under NSF 140
contribute towards building project totals under the United States Green
Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Green Building Rating System in several categories, including innovation.
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