News Archive for 2015

August 12, 2015
In July 2015, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved Berkeley Analytical as an accredited laboratory to provide formaldehyde testing services for manufacturers of composite wood products under Section 93120.4 of the Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM), Title 17, California Code of Regulations. Berkeley Analytical is now an official subcontractor to SCS Global Services, ATCM TPC-9....
July 01, 2015
Berkeley Analytical announces the publication of the ClearChem™ registry of manufacturers’ self-declared declarations for VOC emissions from interior building products. ClearChem declarations are claims for low VOC emissions created by product companies using a uniform template. They are transparent, complete, and 100% backed by testing to widely recognized standards. ClearChem declarations are...
June 19, 2015
Under a NIST contract, Bernheim + Dean, Inc. and Berkeley Analytical (with specification assistance by White +GreenSpec) developed a detailed indoor air quality (IAQ) architectural specification for use in residential new construction and renovation. The specification is directed to architects and other building professionals involved in green building design and sustainable construction. The...
June 17, 2015
Berkeley Analytical tests water-based paints for VOC content by ASTM D6886 using the SCAQMD Method 313 definition of VOC. In order to sell paints and coatings in California, manufacturers must meet strict CARB SCM 2007 and SCAQMD Rule 1113 regulations on VOC content. These regulations soon may become more stringent. The SCAQMD, with jurisdiction over air quality in the Los Angeles basin has...
June 15, 2015
Berkeley Analytical now tests laminate flooring and engineered wood flooring for their emissions of formaldehyde using micro-scale chambers. This service is designed for industrial hygienists conducting field investigations. The small sample size consisting of a circle 2.5 inch in diameter allows samples to be easily collected in out of the way locations such as closets and under furniture items...
June 12, 2015
Berkeley Analytical is partnering with QAI Laboratories and Rosenblum Environmental for VOC emission testing and toxicology evaluations of Spray-in-Place Polyurethane Foam (SPF) insulation required in Canada. Many manufacturers of two-part SPF insulation products are using Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) product evaluation services to demonstrate the conformity of their products to...
March 19, 2015
Berkeley Analytical has received a large volume of e-mails and calls following the March 1 airing of the 60-Minutes investigation of Lumber Liquidators laminated wood flooring products. In order to assist our customers and other stakeholders, we have published a new white paper that describes the testing options for manufactured wood flooring. The paper includes information showing the CARB ATCM...