By Gary Thomas
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is gaining attention as one of the leading environmental concerns causing many global environmental agencies, privately-held companies and government bodies to work towards improving IAQ by starting programs to help ensure that international products support healthy indoor environments.
An ISO 17025 accredited provider of product emissions testing, UL Air Quality Sciences (UL AQS) has been working with manufacturers to outline and explain programs and requirements relating to international product emissions testing, and also providing testing and product engineering help.
UL AQS has been given the authority to test to international standards in its approved testing laboratory after passing strict evaluations. It currently conducts tests for GREENGUARD, Germany's Blue Angel Program, and the German Institute of Building Technology (DIBt). DIBt has complied with the EU’s Construction Products Regulation wherein construction materials should have no harmful effects on people in the building.
The French government has passed a law this January that all decorative and construction products have to pass product emissions testing. DuPont Building Innovations, a customer of UL AQS, has also joined in complying with the French regulations for its surfacing products to ensure product sales in France. The Codes and Regulatory Compliance Head of DuPont Building Innovations, Dr. Michael Arthur Banks said that the company has seen the rewards of producing low emission products that promote healthy indoor environments. All Dupont products have the GREENGUARD certification given by UL AQS after rigorous testing, he reported.
To further increase IAQ awareness amongst product manufacturers regarding all the new laws and regulations around the world, UL AQS has published a comprehensive report titled Key International Chemical Emissions, Labeling and IAQ Programs for Building Materials & Products