The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has created a pair of simple-to-use web portals designed to offer information about carpet to two vital audiences: school designers and administrators and the healthcare community. The new portals pull disparate resources together for increased visibility and greater online impact.

The first specialized web site provides doctors and other health care providers science-based information that supports CRI's position that there is no link between carpet use and an increase in asthma and allergy symptoms. The carpet and health portal is located at http://www.carpet-rug.org/health/.

A portal for school designers, facility managers, and administrators talks about the benefits carpet offers to a school environment, such as safety, increased comfort, energy conservation, improved acoustics, and long-term cost savings. The page also contains information about proper installation, and how to specify the right carpet in any commercial situation. Finally, there is an entire section on cleaning and maintenance, including research comparing the costs of maintaining hard surface floors versus carpet over time, and links to information about CRI's Seal of Approval testing and certification program for cleaning products and equipment. CRI's education portal is located at http://www.carpet-rug.org/education/.