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Abstract

This report outlines the principles of a general evaluation procedure for emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from building materials with respect to their potential effects on health and comfort. Using available knowledge, the principles have been applied to a simplified case: a procedure for the evaluation of VOC emissions from solid flooring materials. The procedure is intended for the classification and/or labelling of these materials and may serve for both voluntary and regulatory purposes. The procedure includes the selection and handling of appropriate test specimens; the determination of emission factors of individual VOCs and of total volatile organic compounds (TVOC) using small test chamber measurements; modelling of indoor relevant VOC concentrations; their toxicological evaluation; and measurements of sensory irritation and odour or perceived air quality of the emissions. An overall scheme of how to combine the different elements of the procedure and rules how to use the information obtained for labelling of building materials have been established.

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Authors: JRC, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17334 EN (1997) 120pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-0384-8
Record Number: 199711023 / Last updated on: 1997-09-16
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en