In any particular installation, there will be a wide variety of requirements and carpet performance expectations.
The following is a useful check list when considering these requirements:
- Choice of texture/style e.g. cut pile, loop pile, cut-loop pile
- Number of people using the carpeted areas
- Most heavily trafficked areas e.g. lift lobbies, apartment/hotel corridors
- Use of wheel chairs, walking frames, other wheeled traffic
- Cleaning maintenance programme
- Floor plan e.g. open plan, office partition positions
- Carpet construction – tufted, woven, modular or broadloom
- Steps or stairs included
- Walking traffic flow
- Expectation of performance life
- Fibre type preference
- Finishes applied – soil/stain treatment, antistatic
- Other environmental considerations e.g. acoustic and thermal insulation requirements, and VOC emissions
- Building Code of Australia performance requirements for carpets – fire resistance, slip resistance and disability access.
- Australian Carpet Classification Scheme (ACCS) and Environmental Certification Scheme (ECS) gradings.
Listing of ECS Graded Carpets
Please click on this link to view an up-to-date listing of ECS graded carpets:
Building Code Compliance
Frequently Asked Questions on Testing to AS ISO 9239.1 (Fire Safety) (pdf, 263 kB)
CSIRO Report – Slip Resistance Assessment of Carpets for Compliance to National Construction Code of Australia (pdf, 759kB)
CSIRO Certificate for Slip Resistance (pdf, 1 MB)
ABR Bulletin article – The Carpet Industry’s Approach to BCA Compliance for Slip Resistance (The Australian Building Regulation Bulletin, Issue 15, August 2015) (pdf, 1,595 kB)