The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) provides the CRI Green Label Plus designation to carpet products that pass stringent tests of chemical emissions. The designation is intended to provide comfort to architects, builders, specifiers and facility mangers who want assurances that carpet and adhesive products meet the most stringent criteria for low chemical emissions. All of the Nature's Carpet products have received this designation.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages adoption of sustainable green building and development practices. Points are awarded based on the characteristics of a building project, then certification follows based on points achieved. A project accumulating points shall be LEED designated as follows:
40-49 Points - Certified
50-59 Points - Silver
60-79 Points - Gold
80+ Points - Platinum
Nature's Carpet facilitates the earning of LEED points in several different ways:
Materials and Resources Credit 6 (1 Point available):
Rapidly Renewable Materials - exceed 2.5% (at cost) of materials and products in a project to earn one point. Wool is specifically noted as a suggested material. Nature’s Carpet is made entirely of rapidly renewable materials and as such exceeds the criteria for the earning of this credit.
Indoor Air Quality Credit 4.3 (1 Point available):
Low Emitting Materials - Flooring Systems - any project incorporating carpet must use carpet and underpad meeting the testing and product requirements of the Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label Plus program (which tests for VOC emissions from carpets). All Nature’s Carpet products, carpet and underpad, are CRI Green Label Plus certified.
Innovation in Design Credit 1 (1-5 Points available):
a project may qualify for these points by using a strategy not otherwise addressed in the LEED rating system, or by significantly exceeding the threshold required to achieve an existing LEED credit. Nature’s Carpet with its 100% sustainable sourcing and fully biodegradable composition, would easily factor into a unique building strategy towards the accumulation of points in this category.
ISO is the International Organization for Standardization, and certifies manufacturing facilities as being robust in many categories, primarily quality of production. The primary manufacturing facility for Dark Green carpets is ISO 9001 certified.