VOC, Formaldehyde & Phthalate Testing for Interior Building Products

Testing Services for Building Products

Berkeley Analytical tests interior building products to demonstrate compliance with USGBC LEED and other green building standard requirements and for quality control and regulatory compliance. BkA’s testing services include:

  • California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Standard Method V1.2, 2017 (supersedes CDPH Standard Method V1.1, 2010) for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers, often referred to as California Section 01350
  • VOC Content testing of paints & coatings and adhesive & sealants by ASTM D6886
  • Small chamber testing of composite wood products for formaldehyde emissions by ASTM D6007
  • Quality control testing and odor evaluations by ASTM D5116
  • Content surface migration of phthalate esters and flame retardants for:

o   Compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) for children’s products

o   Assessment of product labeling requirements for California Proposition 65

USGBC LEED EQ Credit: Low-Emitting Materials

The LEED v4 Low-Emitting Materials credit includes all major categories and layers of interior building products:

  •  Building interior is organized into 5 assemblies: Flooring, Ceilings, Walls, Thermal & Acoustical Insulation, and Furniture
  •  50% or more of products covering all major interior surfaces – floors, walls and ceilings – must be compliant for project to begin earning LEED credit
  •  Each layer of an assembly, e.g., underlayment and finish flooring, must be compliant
  •  Wet-applied products – Paints & Coatings and Adhesives & Sealants – must meet both VOC Emission requirements and regulatory VOC Content requirements
  •  Composite woods must meet requirements for California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) for formaldehyde as either No-Added Formaldehyde (NAF) or Ultra-Low Emitting Formaldehyde (ULEF) resin products

BkA testing allows manufacturers to demonstrate compliance with LEED Low-Emitting Materials credit.

  •  BkA’s testing services are used by the FloorScore®™ and Indoor Advantage Gold™ certification programs operated by SCS Global Services.
  •  Plus, manufacturer’s self-declared claims are accepted by USGBC and are considered equal to 3rd party certified claims. See our discussion of putting test results to work.
  •  BkA’s new ClearChem™ program provides a practical solution. ClearChem is a fully transparent program in which companies self-declare compliance of their products against the criteria in CDPH Standard Method V1.1. The ClearChem Self Declaration provides all of the information needed to qualify a product for LEED v4 EQ Credit: Low-Emitting Materials.

Many other Green Building standards also recognize and give credit to products compliant with CDPH Standard Method V1.1, including:

  •  Collaboration for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
  •  The WELL Building Standard v1
  •  Green Guide for Health Care
  •  ANSI/GBI Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings
  •  ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 Standard for the Design of High-Performance Buildings

Canadian Building Code

Berkeley Analytical provides VOC emission testing services for spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation sold in Canada. The National Building Code of Canada requires SPF insulation to be tested for VOC emissions by method CAN/ULC-S774. The Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) issues evaluation reports for products that are in compliance with this and other requirements of Canadian building codes.

  •  BkA is ISO/IEC 17025 accredited for the analysis of SPF insulation for VOC emissions by CAN/ULC-S774
  •  BkA and its partners, several ISO 17020 Inspection bodies and a board certified toxicologist, are recognized by CCMC

French Labeling Law and The Blue Angel Certification

Berkeley Analytical can test your interior building products for compliance with the French product labeling law’s VOC emission requirements. BkA also is a recognized testing institute for The Blue Angel (Der Blaue Engel) certification program and is ISO 17025 accredited for European VOC emission standards including:

  •  CEN/TS 16516, the EU harmonized test method for evaluation of VOC emissions from construction products
  •  ISO 16000-9, ISO 16000-11, ISO 16000-6, ISO 16000-3 VOC Emissions and Indoor Air Quality analysis standards

Currently, VOC Emission testing of interior building products in Europe is in a state of flux. The CE mark is used to declare conformity with product safety requirements of EU regulations and to facilitate trade among member nations. National regulations, such as the German DIBt requirement that certain classes of building products be compliant with the German AgBB scheme for VOC emissions, may be disallowed under the new CE regulations.

View our product sampling guide for CDPH Standard Method V1.1 and contact us to discuss your testing needs and to request a quotation.