The Floor Coverings (FCv3.0-2021) 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 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.
Floor Coverings (FCv3.0-2021) applies to a range of floor coverings and carpet underlays laid on top of a foundation of concrete or wooden beams and are not part of the building structure. This includes floor covering such as:
• Wooden planks;
• Engineered wood products, e.g. laminate;
• PET (terephthalate) Plastics; and
• Bio-based Plastics.
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