Finishes and Furnishings
Refer to Products and Materials Group report for specific recommendations on materials.
- Use inert materials wherever possible, such as, but not limited to:
- Stone, tile, terra-cotta, brick, ceramic tiles,
- Sealed concrete.
- Minimize the use of carpeting. Note that carpet that meets Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label Plus standards can still be problematic for chemically sensitive people. (Appendix 4)
- Use carpet systems that allow for small area replacement, such as certain of the self-adhesive backing carpet squares.
- Avoid glue-down carpet installations or use low-VOC adhesives. (see Products & Materials Committee recommendations)
- Cork and linoleum may contain linseed oil and should be avoided. Rubber flooring can also pose problems for chemically sensitive individuals and should be avoided.
- Use low-or no VOC materials for all flooring. (Appendix 4)