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The emission behavior is the basis for the classification of a building product. In our testing laboratory, we test building products according to the current testing standards and award criteria of various certification standards.

For example, proof of suitability for emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) must be provided for the health assessment and use of certain indoor building products. For this purpose, a method is used that is based on the use of a test chamber and the subsequent analysis of the VOC using a gas chromatograph (GC) with a mass spectrometer (MS) and a high-performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC).

Tests for the following labels:

  • AgBB (Committee for Health-related Evaluation of Building Products)
  • Appendix 8 of the model administrative regulations for technical building regulations (MVV TB)
  • TÜV PROFiCERT-product Interior
  • Emission class A+ according tot he french VOC regulation „Décret n° 2011-321 du 23 mars 2011“
  • Belgian VOC regulation on emissions from building products „8 MEI 2014: „Koninklijk besluit tot vaststelling van de drempelniveaus voor de emissies naar het binnenmilieu van bouwproducten voor bepaalde beoogde gebruiken”
  • LEED v4 (outside North America; LEED v4 for BUILDING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION)
  • BREEAM International New Construction
  • Finnish M1 classification for construction products
  • GUT/PRODIS (Gemeinschaft umweltfreundlicher Teppichboden e.V.)
  • DE-UZ 128 Low-emission textile floor coverings (Blue Angel)
  • EU Ecolabel for textile floor coverings
  • DE-UZ 120 Elastic floor coverings (Blue Angel)
  • DE-UZ 176 Low-emission floor coverings, panels and doors made of wood and wood-based materials for interiors (Blue Angel)
  • DE-UZ 76 Low-emission board-shaped materials (construction and furniture panels) for interior design (Blue Angel)
  • GEV Emicode (Association for the Control of Emissions in Products for Flooring Installation, Adhesives and Building Materials)
  • DE-UZ 113 Low-emission floor covering adhesives and other installation materials (Blue Angel) DE-UZ 156 Low-emission underlays for floor coverings (Blue Angel)
Carpet sample for emissions testing

Testing properties

- DIN ISO 16000-3

Indoor air – Part 3: Determination of formaldehyde and other carbonyl compounds in indoor air and test chamber air – Active sampling method

- DIN ISO 16000-6

Indoor air – Part 6: Determination of organic compounds (VVOC, VOC, SVOC) in indoor and test chamber air by active sampling on sorbent tubes, thermal desorption and gas chromatography using MS or MS FID

- DIN EN ISO 16000-9

Indoor air – Part 9: Determination of the emission of volatile organic compounds from building products and furnishing – Emission test chamber method

- DIN EN ISO 16000-11

Indoor air – Part 11: Determination of the emission of volatile organic compounds from building products and furnishing – Sampling, storage of samples and preparation of test specimens

- DIN EN ISO 16017-1

Indoor, ambient and workplace air – Sampling and analysis of volatile organic compounds by sorbent tube/thermal desorption/capillary gas chromatography – Part 1: Pumped sampling

- EN 16516

Construction products: Assessment of release of dangerous substances – Determination of emissions into indoor air

Test chamber

Suitable product types

  • home textiles
  • decorative fabrics
  • resilient floor coverings
  • modular mechanical locked floor coverings (MMF
  • screed mmaterial and floor screeds
  • laminate floor coverings
  • mattresses
  • upholstery fabrics
  • parquet and wood flooring
  • textile floor coverings
  • underlays
  • wall and ceiling coverings adhesives for floor and wall coverings
Analysis using GC-MS


Diana Mertens, B.Sc.

Laboratory management
Training management chemical laboratory technician

Phone: +49 241 9679-128



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