New San Francisco Regulation Requires Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver or Higher for Carpet Specifications

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In March, the City & County of San Francisco adopted a comprehensive new regulation requiring that all carpet installed in city-funded construction projects be Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver or better. The decision is the result of the City’s extensive investigation into current materials research and best practices. Flooring products certified at the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver level or better will help the San Francisco fully address its priorities for sustainability and material health in its flooring, including the avoidance of chemicals of concern, appropriate durability, carbon impact and the use of fiber and backing materials that contain recycled content and are recyclable. The resulting regulation also limits flooring purchases to carpet tiles given that they are easily replaceable and help minimize waste.

In addition to C2C certification, carpet tiles must also have a Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label Plus certification, an Environmental Product Declaration®, and a compliant Health Product Declaration at 1,000 ppm or a Living Building Challenge™ Declare label. Furthermore, products must not contain intentionally added antimicrobials, flame retardant chemicals, or highly fluorinated compounds.

At this time, three brands (Shaw Contract/Patcraft and Tandus), have product available that meet the high bar set by these criteria. Similar rigor was used to determine the minimum requirements for adhesives, and C2C also stands out as one of the mandatory criteria in this category.

To learn more and hear the full story from representatives of the City of San Francisco Department of the Environment team, join us at our May 22 webinar. Visit our event page to register.