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A total of 20 products under the BOLYU Contract and Cambridge Commercial product lines have been certified to meet the NSF 140-2007 Standard. This new sustainable carpet assessment standard establishes performance requirements for public health and the environment, and addresses the economic, environmental and social requirements that can help create a path to a more sustainable carpet product. The standard also provides benchmarks for continual improvement and innovation within the building industry.
NSF International, a not-for-profit organization that provides standards development and product certification, has certified all Nexterra® branded commercial tile product manufactured at Beaulieu’s Adairsville and Chatsworth, GA facilities. Nexterra is a tile backing that contains 85% post-consumer recycled content and uses zero water in its manufacturing.
The BOLYU Contract and Cambridge Commercial product lines were certified at the platinum level, the standard’s highest and most rigorous certification level. Beaulieu Commercial is the first carpet manufacturer to have products certified by NSF International to this new NSF/ANSI standard.
To read TFM‘s coverage of NSF 140-2007, visit this link to an article by Robert Peoples, Ph.D., formerly director of Sustainability for the Carpet & Rug Institute and executive director of The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE).
“It’s a remarkable achievement for Beaulieu to have all their Nexterra branded tile products certified at the platinum level,” said NSF president and CEO Kevan P. Lawlor. “The platinum level certification establishes Beaulieu as a leader in environmental stewardship within the carpet industry and further validates Beaulieu’s commitment to creating a more sustainable future.”
Certification is achieved on a point-based evaluation system through five different categories. The new standard takes into account sustainability issues as it relates to manufacturing processes; reclamation and end-of-life management; energy usage and energy efficiency; the use of bio-based, recycled or environmentally preferable materials; and steps an organization takes to minimize adverse public health, environment and community impacts.
“From a sustainability standpoint, NSF 140-2007 is one of the more important initiatives for the floor covering industry,” said Beaulieu Commercial president James Lesslie. “The NSF140 Standard is what our customers have requested for years: one standard that can be used to compare products.”