Will your new carpet meet sustainability criteria for programs like LEED? This new assessment can help you find out

by Brianna Crandall — September 16, 2019 — The newest edition of NSF/ANSI 140 Sustainability Assessment for Carpet, released August 2019, continues to promote the highest standard of environmentally responsible carpet products.

NSF/ANSI 140 was reportedly the first multi-attribute sustainability standard for carpet to allow architects, designers, building professionals, and consumers to identify sustainable carpet products.

The original standard was created in 2005 by a multi-stakeholder group, including The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and NSF International, an American National Standards Institute- (ANSI-) accredited standards developer committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide.

NSF/ANSI 140, which focuses on life-cycle assessment principles in evaluating sustainability, was developed by a balanced committee of experts representing industry, regulators, consumers and other stakeholders, using ANSI’s rigorous process for the development of voluntary consensus standards.

CRI says the carpet industry’s efforts with NSF/ANSI 140 and other sustainability initiatives are examples of its longstanding commitment to sustainability.

CRI President Joe Yarbrough stated:

Sustainability continues to be a priority for our industry. The update to NSF/ANSI 140 reflects changes in the industry and technology that maintains this standard as the best for certifying sustainable products.

NSF/ANSI 140 is recognized as one of the best standards for sustainability by the General Services Administration (GSA), EPA Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) program, and US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED v4.1 program.

Richard Turner, director of technical services for CRI, praised the dedicated professionals of the NSF/ANSI 140 Joint Committee for their hard work and accomplishments.

For more information about the NSF/ANSI 140 Sustainability Assessment for Carpet, visit the CRI website.