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Carpet Cushion standards are set by the Federal Government for FHA/HUD housing and by the CRI. FHA/HUD are given below:

Flat Rubber, Ripple Rubber, Rubberized Hair Jute, Synthetic Fibers, Resinated Recycled Textile Fiber, Rebond Densified Prime, Grafted Prime, Prime Urethane, Mechanical Frothed

The DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING FEDERAL HOUSING COMMISSIONER sets the standards for minimum cushion thickness and density. For Flat Rubber the standard is:

For CLASS 1 carpet which is defined as ‘Light and Moderate Traffic (such as living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, recreational rooms and corridors" the standard is 0.22 inches thickness and 18.0 pounds per cubic foot density.

For CLASS 2 carpet which is defined as "Heavy Duty Traffic (for heavy traffic use at all levels, but specifically for public areas such as lobbies and corridors in multi-family facilities recreational rooms and corridors" the standard is 0.22 inches thickness and 21.0 pounds per cubic foot density.

The Carpet Cushion Council also recommends Class 2 for stars and hallways."

The DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING FEDERAL HOUSING COMMISSIONER sets the standards for minimum cushion thickness and density. For Ripple Rubber the standard is:

For CLASS 1 carpet which is defined as ‘Light and Moderate Traffic (such as living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, recreational rooms and corridors" the standard is 0.285 inches thickness and 14.0 pounds per cubic foot density.

For CLASS 2 carpet which is defined as "Heavy Duty Traffic (for heavy traffic use at all levels, but specifically for public areas such as lobbies and corridors in multi-family facilities recreational rooms and corridors" the standard is 0.33 inches thickness and 16.0 pounds per cubic foot density.

The Carpet Cushion Council also recommends Class 2 for stars and hallways."

FEDERAL HOUSING COMMISSIONER sets the standards for minimum cushion thickness and density. For Rubberized Hair Jute the standard is:

For CLASS 1 carpet which is defined as ‘Light and Moderate Traffic (such as living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, recreational rooms and corridors" the standard is 0.27 inches thickness and 12.3 pounds per cubic foot density.

For CLASS 2 carpet which is defined as "Heavy Duty Traffic (for heavy traffic use at all levels, but specifically for public areas such as lobbies and corridors in multi-family facilities recreational rooms and corridors" the standard is 0.375 inches thickness and 11.1 pounds per cubic foot density.

The Carpet Cushion Council also recommends Class 2 for stars and hallways."

The DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING FEDERAL HOUSING COMMISSIONER sets the standards for minimum cushion thickness and density. For Synthetic Fibers the standard is:

For CLASS 1 carpet which is defined as ‘Light and Moderate Traffic (such as living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, recreational rooms and corridors" the standard is 0.25 inches thickness and 6.5 pounds per cubic foot density.

For CLASS 2 carpet which is defined as "Heavy Duty Traffic (for heavy traffic use at all levels, but specifically for public areas such as lobbies and corridors in multi-family facilities recreational rooms and corridors" the standard is 0.3 inches thickness and 6.5 pounds per cubic foot density.

The Carpet Cushion Council also recommends Class 2 for stars and hallways."

The DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING FEDERAL HOUSING COMMISSIONER sets the standards for minimum cushion thickness and density. For Resinated Recycled Textile Fiber the standard is:

For CLASS 1 carpet which is defined as ‘Light and Moderate Traffic (such as living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, recreational rooms and corridors" the standard is 0.25 inches thickness and 7.3 pounds per cubic foot density.

For CLASS 2 carpet which is defined as "Heavy Duty Traffic (for heavy traffic use at all levels, but specifically for public areas such as lobbies and corridors in multi-family facilities recreational rooms and corridors" the standard is 0.3 inches thickness and 7.3 pounds per cubic foot density.

The Carpet Cushion Council also recommends Class 2 for stars and hallways."

The DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING FEDERAL HOUSING COMMISSIONER sets the standards for minimum tuft-bind called UM44D. For cut-looped carpet this standard is 48 ounces or (3 pounds); for looped carpet the standard is 100 ounces or 6.25 pounds.

The DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING FEDERAL HOUSING COMMISSIONER sets the standards for minimum cushion thickness and density. For Bonded the standard is:

For CLASS 1 carpet which is defined as ‘Light and Moderate Traffic (such as living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, recreational rooms and corridors" the standard is 0.375 or 3/8 inches thickness and five pounds per cubic foot density.

For CLASS 2 carpet which is defined as "Heavy Duty Traffic (for heavy traffic use at all levels, but specifically for public areas such as lobbies and corridors in multi-family facilities recreational rooms and corridors" the standard is 0.375 i.e. 3/8 inches thickness and 6.5 pounds per cubic foot.

The Carpet Cushion Council also recommends Class 2 for stairs and hallways."

The DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING FEDERAL HOUSING COMMISSIONER sets the standards for minimum cushion thickness and density. For Densified Prime the standard is:

For CLASS 1 carpet which is defined as ‘Light and Moderate Traffic (such as living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, recreational rooms and corridors" the standard is 2.2 pounds per cubic foot and thickness of 0.375 inches.

For CLASS 2 carpet which is defined as "Heavy Duty Traffic (for heavy traffic use at all levels, but specifically for public areas such as lobbies and corridors in multi-family facilities recreational rooms and corridors" the standard this says this cushion is not recommended.

The DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING FEDERAL HOUSING COMMISSIONER sets the standards for minimum cushion thickness and density. For Grafted Prime the standard is:

For CLASS 1 carpet which is defined as ‘Light and Moderate Traffic (such as living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, recreational rooms and corridors" the standard is 2.7 pounds per cubic foot density and 0.375 inches thickness.

For CLASS 2 carpet which is defined as "Heavy Duty Traffic (for heavy traffic use at all levels, but specifically for public areas such as lobbies and corridors in multi-family facilities recreational rooms and corridors" the standard is 2.7 pounds per cubic foot and 0.25 inches thickness. The Carpet Cushion Council also recommends Class 2 for stars and hallways."

The DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING FEDERAL HOUSING COMMISSIONER sets the standards for minimum cushion thickness and density. For Prime Urethane the standard is:

For CLASS 1 carpet which is defined as ‘Light and Moderate Traffic (such as living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, recreational rooms and corridors" is standard is 2.2 pounds per cubic foot and 3/8 or 0.375 inch thickness.

For CLASS 2 carpet which is defined as "Heavy Duty Traffic (for heavy traffic use at all levels, but specifically for public areas such as lobbies and corridors in multi-family facilities recreational rooms and corridors" Prime Urethane is not recommended.

The DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING FEDERAL HOUSING COMMISSIONER sets the standards for minimum cushion thickness and density. For Mechanical Frothed the standard is:

For CLASS 1 carpet which is defined as ‘Light and Moderate Traffic (such as living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, recreational rooms and corridors" the standard is 0.25 inches thickness and ten pounds per cubic foot density.

For CLASS 2 carpet which is defined as "Heavy Duty Traffic (for heavy traffic use at all levels, but specifically for public areas such as lobbies and corridors in multi-family facilities recreational rooms and corridors" the standard is 0.25 inches thickness and 12 pounds per cubic foot.

The Carpet Cushion Council also recommends Class 2 for stars and hallways."

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