Thursday, January 20, 2011

Environmental Laws that Affect Floor Covering

Environmental laws are popping up all over and it's hard to keep track of what affects your flooring business and what doesn't but there are a dozen laws that most everyone needs to know about. That's why I put together a one hour presentation for Surfaces to give a quick overview of several important laws being implemented now and some on the horizon in "Environmental Laws that Affect Your Business."   I'll be joined by a prestigious team: Ed Korzcak, executive director of the National Wood Flooring Association, Bill Dearing, president of the North American Laminate Flooring Association and Frank Hurd, VP and chief operating officer of the Carpet and Rug Institute.

We will cover the following topics and more:
  • The US Lacey Act Amendments
  • Hazard labeling on wood flooring which, although it started in California, will be rolled out nationally by most manufacturers
  • Carpet Product Stewardship, a program that will increase carpet prices by .05 a s/y and is designed to increase recycling (again, starting in California but it is expected to expand across the country)
  • Changes to the LEED rating system for carpet
  • New federal formaldehyde standards for composite wood products
  • VOC laws for wood finishes
  • Lead abatement certifications and requirements
  • We'll also give an update on the ITC Anti Dumping litigation.
The seminar is on Tuesday, January 25th at noon and you can register here.  I hope you attend and find it helpful.  Come with questions!


Jim Gould is President of the Floor Covering Institute

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