This standard identifies the key environmental loads of floor coverings. The specific requirements of the standard 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 floor covering such as:
🔸 Wooden planks
🔸 Engineered wood products e.g. laminate
Other environmentally innovative floor coverings that do not fit the above categories may be considered for certification provided the product fulfils the requirements of all relevant sections of this Standard. Hard surfacing product applications that are suitable for vertical application and outdoor use such as ceramic tiles, quarried stone and polished concrete are not considered within the scope of this standard. Other categories may be added at a later date.
On 15 March 2021, in collaboration with Edge Environment and the Global Product Stewardship Council, GECA was awarded a grant by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to tackle the issue of commercial office furniture going to landfill. The group will use the funding to design a product stewardship scheme that will help reduce the estimated 30,000 tonnes of furniture – much of it in perfectly good condition – that ends up in Australia’s waste stream each year.Read More See all news
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