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Carpet does not contribute to Indoor Air Pollution

In recent years, incidents have been reported where health and comfort problems have been associated with VOC’s in people's homes, workplace or in other buildings. (VOC’s are organic compounds, which –due to their volatility– may be released by e.g. building materials into the indoor air).

These cases were qualified as Sick-Building-Syndrome (SBS) or Building- Related-Illness (BRI). Research shows that emissions from building materials can be a cause for such problems.

The best way to minimise VOC emissions in indoor air is to control and reduce these chemicals in all building and furnishing materials.

 

 

 

 

Carpet: the answers

During the last 15 years, carpet producers organized in GUT (Gemeinschaft umweltfreundlicher Teppichboden e.V.) have consistently reduced and controlled VOC emissions from their products.

The acceptable VOC-limit values have been lowered year after year.

Demonstration:

GUT-system compared with ECA 18 and AgBB

 

Demonstration:

The graph below shows that VOC-emissions from carpets constantly decrease over time. Today, a carpet fulfilling the stringent GUT-test criteria will not  contribute to any Indoor Air Pollution. Very small amounts of VOC will be released only during the first weeks and will then stop. Carpets are safe and do not pose any health risk.

GUT-Control test

The use of the substances listed below is either forbidden or has GUT-specified limit values for the substances that must not be exceeded. GUTmember’s products are in accordance with these criteria.

 

GUT product test criteria (extract)

The use of the substances listed below is either forbidden or has GUT-specified limit values for the substances that must not be exceeded. GUTmember’s products are in accordance with these criteria.