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Floor Coverings (FCv3.0-2020)

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  • Status:
    Current
  • Issue Date:
    November 26, 2020
  • Green Star Applicable
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The standard is open for public comment until 12 February. GECA welcomes feedback from you, your organisation or others in your network to help develop this standard. Please email standards@geca.org.au with your feedback, or call the GECA office on (+61) 2 9699 2850. Complete the simple form at the bottom of the page to download the full standard.

The Floor Coverings (FCv3.0-2020) standard seeks to define good environmental performance benchmarks for floor coverings throughout their entire lifecycle.

The environmental impact of floor covering products comes primarily from the different types of raw materials used, surface treatment and glue, and energy used during manufacturing. Environmental impacts can also occur during use and maintenance, and when the floor covering reaches the end of its useful life.

This draft standard identifies the key environmental loads of floor coverings. The standard’s specific requirements include product performance, material content, adhesives, emissions during production and post-installation, energy use, and waste.

This standard applies to a range of floor coverings and carpet underlays that are laid on top of a foundation of concrete or wooden beams and are not part of the building structure. This includes:

πŸ”˜ Parquet

πŸ”˜ Wooden planks

πŸ”˜ Engineered wood products, e.g. laminate

πŸ”˜ Linoleum

πŸ”˜ Bamboo

πŸ”˜ Cork

πŸ”˜ Rubber

πŸ”˜ PET (terephthalate) plastics

πŸ”˜ Bio-based plastics

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