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Our Standards

Setting The Standards

Ulster Carpets were one of the first textile companies to achieve ISO 14001, Environmental Management Standard, which aims to control the environmental impact of our products and manufacturing processes. ISO 14001 gives us a systematic approach to setting environmental objectives and targets and demonstrating that these have been reached.

As well as holding ISO 14001, Ulster Carpets manufactures under a quality system ISO 9001: 2015 approved by the British Standards Institution & are IMO Certified MED-B00006D7 & MED-D000021A for the Marine sector.

Our environmental aspects are regularly reviewed and tough objectives set. All staff undergo environmental awareness training on an annual basis demonstrating a company wide commitment to environmental issues.

Other Standards we meet are:

Flammability
Wool does not easily ignite due to the natural structure of the fibre. It does not melt, drip or release noxious fumes.

EN13501 Euro Class EN11925 and EN ISO 9239
Marine Flammability MED-B-9840, MED-D-2065
USA Flammability ASTM E648 E662

Acoustic Performance
Axminster carpet, and in particular axminster carpet made from predominantly wool, has a propensity to sound reduction. The result is a quieter space for working, meeting and living. Our contract quality carpet has a sound absorption coefficient between 0.45 and 0.55 and meets the BS EN ISO 10140-3:2010 requirements:

Sound Absorption ISO 354:2003
Sound Insulation ISO 140 Part 6

VOC Emissions
Wool naturally absorbs humidity & Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), producing cleaner, more comfortable living environments. Ulster’s carpets meet the requirements below:

Green Label Plus Certified GLP 3278
French VOC C Rating (Jute), A Rating (Poly)
Belgian VOC NR 411381-01

Appearance Retention
Wool rich carpets have been shown to maintain their appearance better over time. Ulster meets the following standard for appearance retention: BS6659

Colour Fastness
All Ulster Carpets are tested for colour fastness to light, shampooing, water and dry and wet rubbing. Ulster meet the following requirements:

Colour Fastness – Light ISO 105-B02
Colour Fastness – Shampooing BS1006
Colour Fastness – Water BS EN ISO 105 – E01
Colour Fastness – Rubbing BS EN ISO 150 – X12 (BS 1006)

Thermal Insulation
Carpets do not conduct heat as such, providing good thermal insulation. When compared to carpet, as much as 10-12% of heat could be dissipated with a smooth floor covering.

Commitment to waste
We have strategic waste segregation in place which has culminated in the achievement of 100% post manufacturing waste being diverted from landfill.

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