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February 17, 2009
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Dalton, GA. February 16, 2009 - Just one year after The Carpet and Rug Institute earned accreditation as a product certifying body from the prestigious American National Standards Institute, CRI has successfully passed the first annual ANSI Surveillance Audit of their widely respected Green Label® and Green Label Plus® Indoor Air Quality certification programs. According to ANSI documents, auditors found CRI to be in strict adherence to the Green Label programs' policy and procedural standards.

The first environmental product certification program to be recognized by ANSI, Green Label and Green Label Plus were developed in the early 1990's as part of a voluntary effort by the soft floor covering industry to promote the positive aspects of carpet as a floor covering choice for homes and public buildings. Green Label and Green Label Plus certifications identify products that have been tested against the most stringent national and international indoor air quality standards.

CRI's Green Label Plus certifications are recognized by the State of California's Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), which identifies 79 chemicals of concern and sets exacting limits on the allowable concentrations of these items in school classrooms. Additionally, the Green Label Plus programs contribute to totals under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) sustainable building rating system.

The past year has seen rapid expansion of CRI's Green Label programs. Current participants include 32 U.S manufacturers, 12 Chinese firms, and a total of 17 entities from Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Thailand, Australia, and United Arab Emirates. Recently, CRI received its first South American application for Green Label Plus accreditation from a Brazilian manufacturer.

"We are pleased our Green Label programs came through the ANSI audit with such flying colors," said CRI president, Werner Braun. "In the near future, CRI plans to expand ANSI certification to our Green Label adhesives and cushion programs, and eventually include all CRI signature programs."

The audit was conducted at CRI's Dalton, Georgia headquarters and Air Quality Sciences' Atlanta facility. Richard Stump of Consultants in Quality Inc. from Iowa City, Iowa conducted the audit for ANSI.

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