Emission classification of building materials in general
To achieve better indoor air quality, products designed for use in buildings and indoor spaces have to meet strict chemical emission limits, which contribute to the creation of healthier interiors. The aim of the voluntary emission classification Indoor Air Comfort® is to enhance the development and use of low emitting building materials. Emission Classification is product-specific.
As from May, 2017 all below listed HVAC Pipe Sections, Mats and Lamella Mats are certified according to Eurofins Indoor Air Comfort® Gold scheme fulfilling the highest demands on emissions to indoor air quality.
Eurofins – A Voluntary Labelling Scheme
Eurofins Indoor Air Comfort® is a voluntary labelling system open to all manufacturers of building products. The classification does not overrule official building codes or interpretations of them. However, many developers, architects and designing engineers favour Eurofins classified products when selecting materials for their projects in order to promote a sustainable high-quality construction.
The Indoor Air Comfort program
Within Europe, the EU ecolabel could have decided to offer a combination covering all the European specifications on low VOC emissions into one label, but they prefer just to add another label instead. Now Indoor Air Comfort fills the gap of a pan-European label.
Indoor Air Comfort:
This label combines all European regulations on VOC emissions from products into indoor air - just by copying together the most stringent legal requirements in any EU country into one label. A product labelled with Indoor Air Comfort will comply with the limit values as defined by any regulation across Europe.
Indoor Air Comfort GOLD: This label combines all relevant European regulations and most of the voluntary labels on VOC emissions from products - just by copying together the most stringent requirements in any EU country into one label. This makes Indoor Air Comfort GOLD the most ambitious low-emitting label in whole Europe.
Therefore certified products are those with the best-in-class low emissions, thus good for indoor air quality.
The specifications on VOC emissions of below programs are included in the certification:
Indoor Air Comfort:
- Belgian regulation
- French regulation, A class (or A+ class for indoor Air Comfort GOLD)
- German regulation, AgBB
- Draft Lithuanian regulation
- Planned Swedish regulation
- E1 classification
Indoor Air Comfort GOLD, on top of the above:
- GUT (except odour testing)
- Several EU ecolabel criteria
- Several Blue Angel criteria
- Several Austrian ecolabel criteria
- LEED outside North America
- FEMB standard for sustainable office furniture
- M1 only partly
- US programs such as CDPH, BIFMA, Cradle-to-cradle, Greenguard
- Danish Indoor Air Climate label
- Any odour and ammonia tests
LEED version 4 accepts Indoor Air Comfort GOLD certificates as direct proof of compliance with its VOC emissions criteria.
BREEAM UK and BREEAM International accept both Indoor Air Comfort and Indoor Air Comfort GOLD certificates as direct proof of compliance with its VOC emissions criteria, so far such criteria exist.