“Green” real estate is a vague term. It is used increasingly these days to refer to multiple situations.
One of those is new construction being built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or another “green” certification.
But a home doesn’t have to be new or certified to be energy-efficient or have indoor-air friendly flooring, cabinetry, finishes and furnishings. And studies show that today’s homebuyers are increasingly interested in the health benefits and long-term cost savings of finding a home that is -- or has the potential to be -- people- and planet- friendly.
Carpet padding can now be held to the same standard as carpet for indoor-air quality
A lot of people think we already have this through the CRI Green Label program for testing pad. But the CRI Green Label Plus program that is used for carpet is far more stringent, and soon, we will be able to look for this label on carpet padding, too.
The Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI) and the Carpet Cushion Council announced earlier this week that the Green Label Plus program is being opened up to pad manufacturers.
"This offers cushion manufacturers the opportunity to qualify their products according to these more stringent standards and provide additional assurance for consumers concerned about indoor-air quality or potential VOC emissions," a CRI spokesman told TalkFloor.
Backyard deer-feeder adds unmatchable natural touch, felt throughout this home’s interior
It blends seamlessly with the hand-scraped, prefinished hardwood flooring, which has been used to replace carpet in the dining room.
Triexta carpet – made from corn-based fuel – softens the family room, which is filled with natural light, thanks to large windows there, and in the adjoining foyer. Standing there, something tells you to look again, out of the double glass doors in the family room.