Building materials and decorative products constitute one of the many potential sources of air pollution inside buildings, therefore, they can no longer be designed without undergoing a rigorous process when it comes to the materials used as well as a thorough assessment of the volatile pollutants that they emit.
Nowadays, building materials are subject to the "Indoor air emissions" label requirements.
Oberflex® Laminated Panels Received the Highest Score
As part of its environmentally conscious approach, Oberflex® has been performing measurements of emissions of indoor volatile substances from its products on a regular basis.
These measurements are performed in compliance with the NF EN ISO 16000-9 standard and led to an A+ rating on "Indoor air emissions".
This rating is based on emissions measurements for the 11 substances listed on the TVOC label (Formaldehydes, acetaldehydes, Toluene, Tetrachloroethylene, Ethylbenzene, Xylene, Styrene, Butoxyethanol, Trimetylbenzene, Dichlorobenzene) and attests to the perfect compliance of Oberflex® laminated panels relative to the four CMR substances: Benzene, Tricholorethylene, Dibutyl phtalate (DBP), and Diethylhexyl phtalate (DEHP).
What is the "Indoor Air Emissions" label?
The Indoor Air Emissions label is a French health label that indicates the emissions level of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). This label was created on the initiative of the French government to assess and promote awareness of the impacts of materials on indoor air quality. The goal is to reduce the levels of indoor emissions of volatile pollutants. This new labeling is a first in environmental health labeling.
The letters indicate the level of volatile pollutants emitted by the product into the air inside a room. The rating goes from C (high VOC emission product) to A+ (Low VOC emission product). There aren't any products that do not emit COVs.
How are the tests conducted?
THE PROTOCOL: The tests were conducted inside an emissions test chamber for 28 days using Oberflex wall and ceiling samples.
COMPOUNDS TESTED: 11 chemical compounds were tested. These include formaldehydes and acetaldehydes as well as other compounds considered to be VOCs according to the definition of the ISO 16000 standard: TVOCs, Toluene, Tetrachloroethylene, Ethylbenzene, Xylene, styrene, 2-Butoyethanol, 1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene, and 1,4-Dichlorobenzene.
TESTING PERFORMED BY: Eurofins.