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Carpet Tile


Carpet tile flooring is composed of individual carpet sections installed in sequence. Carpet tile fibers can be made of a variety of materials, but the most common is Nylon. Carpet fibers can also be made of bio-based (e.g. corn), natural (e.g. wool) or recycled materials. Consider products from manufacturers who will reclaim and recycle carpet at the end of its life.


O+M Tips

  • Carpets can be a source of biopollutants, dust, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Use carpet cleaning chemicals and solutions that are Green Seal certified.
  • Prevent stains by cleaning up spills promptly, starting with cold water and blotting cloths.
  • Deep clean carpets when necessary. A wet vacuum water extraction machine may be used after dry vacuuming. The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends rapid drying of the carpet, within 24 hours.
  • When taking care of your carpet tile, use vacuums that are CRI Green Label rated or have a CRI Seal of Approval that operate with a sound level less than 70dBA.

End of Life Tips

  • Recycle, recycle, recycle! There are many major carpet companies (Beaulieu, Interface, J&J, Mohawk, Shaw, Tandus) that recycle old carpet (even if it's not their own). They'll use your old carpet to create new carpet. For additional information, visit the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE).

For alignment with LEED Standards

  • Regional Materials: For credit achievement calculation, products sourced (extracted, manufactured, purchased) within 100 miles (160 km) of the project site are valued at 200% of their base contributing cost.
    • BD+C and ID+C MR: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Sourcing of Raw Materials and Material Ingredients
    • O+M MR: Purchasing - Facility Maintenance and Renovation
  • Construction Waste: Recycle and/or salvage a minimum of 50% of nonhazardous construction and demolition debris.
    • BD+C and ID+C MR: Construction and Demolition Waste Management
  • Carpet systems (including pad): Must be tested and determined compliant in accordance with California Department of Public Health Standard Method V1.1–2010.
    • BD+C and ID+C EQ: Low-Emitting Materials
    • O+M MR: Purchasing - Facility Maintenance and Renovation
  • Carpet systems (including pad): Manufacturers’ claims of compliance must state the range of total VOCs after 14 days (336 hours), measured as specified in the CDPH Standard Method v1.1.
    • BD+C and ID+C EQ: Low-Emitting Materials
  • Carpet Adhesives: Must meet the volatile organic compound (VOC) requirements of South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1168.
    • BD+C and ID+C EQ: Low-Emitting Materials
    • O+M MR: Purchasing - Facility Maintenance and Renovation