HOME SPACES

The illustration shows the space for which the installation of the carpet floor covering is suitable. The respective house symbol (in this case, a private home) and the number of the persons standing indicate the durability of the floor covering.

A total of five areas of use are shown. Each of these areas must satisfy certain values based on the strain they are subject to.

A
light or occasional use (21)
B
medium usage (22)
D
intensive usage (23)

BUILDING SPACES

The illustration shows the space for which the installation of the carpet floor covering is suitable. The respective house symbol (in this case, a commercial building) and the number of the persons standing indicate the durability of the floor covering.

A total of five areas of use are shown. Each of these areas must satisfy certain values based on the strain they are subject to.

E
light or occasional use (31)
F
G

COMFORT CLASSES

Comfort is essentially determined based on the density and height of the pile layer and the number of tufts. The number of crowns at the bottom of the illustration indicates the quality of the floor covering. The more crowns you see, the more pile material that has been used in the carpet floor covering.

k
Luxury class 1
l
Luxury class 2
m
Luxury class 3
n
Luxury class 4
o
Luxury class 5

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

The additional features indicate the special characteristics of the carpet floor covering. These are:

  • The suitability for wheels, which is especially important if the carpet floor covering is to be installed in a home office or a business office
  • The suitability for installation on stairs
  • The suitability for floor heating
  • The anti-static value of the carpet floor covering, which is especially important if it is to be installed in server rooms
  • The stability of the cut edge for textile floor coverings, which means edges and seams will not fray when cut, thus making the carpet better and easier to install
  • The stability describes how resistant the textile is to deformation after a steam or wet cleaning treatment. For carpet floor coverings with this illustration, the surface neither expands in length nor does it shrink after treatment.

Additional specifications: chair wheels, steps, floor heating, anti-static, cut edge stability and stability are visualised by a simple icon, whereby the compatibility with chair wheels and steps is visualised by a small additional house symbol in the illustration in the upper left corner. If no indication is providd, the floor covering is suitable for both homes and building spaces.

f

chair rolls

occasionally

g

chair rolls

constantly

h

suitable for stairs

occasionally

i

suitable for stairs

constantly

e

floor heating

j

cutting edge

Z

slip safety

occasionally

L

antistatic

The DGNB system of the German Sustainable Building Council only certifies a building as being sustainable when it proves to be efficient, eco-friendly and resource-saving in all defined aspects. On the path to this achievement, the building goes through an independent and neutral process which analyses the quality of the building based on its entire life cycle. From ecology to economy, from technical, socio-cultural and functional aspects to processes to the location.

Carpet floorings which feature the Indoor Advantage GOLD certification are proven to make an important contribution to the improvement of a room's climate. This comes as no surprise - after all, SCS Global Services checks textile floor coverings from Vorwerk flooring on the basis of international scientific standards and confirms that they meet the strict limit values for chemical emissions with regard to volatile organic compounds (VOC) and thus promote a healthy indoor air quality.

 

The independent certification body SCS Global Services is one of a small number of organisations that are approved and recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a wide range of environmental and pollutant standards. The SCS Sustainability Award in the Gold category confirms that our carpets and carpet tiles meet the requirements of the NSF/ANSI 140 sustainability standard for textile flooring.

 

 

The label from the Gemeinschaft umweltfreundlicher Teppichboden e.V. (GUT)confirms both the eco and user-friendliness of the new floor covering. Across its entire life cycle, all the way up to its recycling. To perform the necessary testing, GUT works together with officially recognised institutions – putting the product through strict product tests, which have recently become even stricter. They are so strict, in fact, that they would have been considered revolutionary back in 1990 when the association was founded.

 

The CE (Communautés Européenes) label is awarded by the European Union. It is the main indicator for compliance of a product with the current legal requirements of the EU.

The basis for the CE label is the manufacturer’s Declaration of Performance (DOP).

 

The Life Balance testing label stands for a manufacturer’s voluntary commitment to solely produce sustainable products. A part of this is the undergoing of extensive external quality control: testing the suitability of the flooring for allergy sufferers, checking it for harmful substances and the build-up of fine dust particles, as well as its ability to improve a room’s climate. This means all essential adverse effects for the health and wellbeing are analysed by an independent third party – and ruled out.

 

The French directive on volatile organic compounds (VOCs) regulates emissions from these compounds. It is considered to be very precise, as floorings, paints, varnishes, windows or doors can only be sold if they emit less than 1 μg/m3 each after 28 days. What’s more, the best products receive the A+ rating – all others either A, B or C.