Green Product Registries – Part 1

This blog article introduces the topic of ‘green’ product registries. These are online and, in at least one instance, printed databases that support designers and contractors in choosing environmentally friendly or preferred products for use in the construction, remodeling, and furnishing of buildings. Continue reading

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German AgBB Scheme for VOC Emissions: LCI Values 2012 Changes

In Germany, new building products must meet requirements intended to limit potential adverse health and safety effects, or objectionable nuisance for occupants. These are national building code regulations administered by the German Institute for Building Technology (DIBt). Some special requirements apply to selected building products used indoors. Continue reading

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CHPS Self-Certified Low Emitting VOC Claim

The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) has been working on improvements to its online High Performance Products Database. The database, launched in 2010, has the capability of listing products with a variety of single high-performance attributes that include: low emitting material (i.e., building products and furniture with low VOC emissions), certified wood, mercury reduction, organically grown, rapidly renewable, and recycled content. Continue reading

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VOC Testing

The testing of interior building products and furniture for VOC emissions using small- and large-scale environmental chambers is Berkeley Analytical’s speciality. We have been providing these services to manufacturers for over 20 years. Our programs are used to demonstrate product compliance to VOC emission standards and acceptance criteria and to support product development cycles, quality control implementation, supply chain management, and trouble-shooting investigations. Continue reading

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Flame Retardants in California Child-care & Preschool Facilities

Early Childhood Education (ECE) environments are particularly important with respect to exposures to air pollution and chemical contaminants because the very young often are more susceptible to the adverse effects of toxins. In California, more than one million children five years old and younger spend 40 or more hours per week in childcare or preschool. Continue reading

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