11292010 Wools of New Zealand Launches Clean Air Certification Labeling Program
WOOLS OF NEW ZEALAND LAUNCHES CLEAN AIR LABELING PROGRAM
MARIETTA, GA – Wools of New Zealand has launched a new clean air certification program. The new labeling program is called Wool: Clean Air Certified. Karastan is the first company to carry the Clean Air label.
Under the new program, products are tested by a certified independent laboratory and must pass stringent VOC emission testing for 13 contaminants including formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.
“Wool is proven to significantly reduce indoor air contaminants within seven hours of installation and to keep contaminants out of the air for 30 years,” said Elise Demboski, executive director of North America for Wools of New Zealand. “Unfortunately, this unique attribute is overlooked since wool only represents 2% of the market. Through the Wool: Clean Air Certified program, we are bringing wool to the forefront where it will be noticed.”
Carpets and rugs containing a minimum of 50% wool are eligible for Wool: Clean Air certification, with Wools of New Zealand partners benefiting from reduced testing fees. Product samples are submitted by platform, which is dependent upon backing and latex type. Every platform is fully retested on an annual basis to maintain the integrity of the Wool: Clean Air certification.
Wool: Clean Air Certified is an Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) program managed by Wools of New Zealand. In addition to meeting the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED point requirements. The certification also meets the standards for California Section 01350 and Collaborative for High Performance Schools CHPS.