California Section 01350

On behalf of the Californian working group for sustainable building of California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) in 2002/2003 that specification has been developed which is now known as the California Section 01350. The Section is the most important standard in the US concering the evaluation and reduction of VOC emissions in indoor air. By now the specification is integrated into further programmes such as FloorScore® or LEED . The last revision of CA Section 01350 took place in 2010. 

Measurement and evaluation

After 10 days of storage, VOC and formaldehyde emissions are measured after 11, 12 and 14 days and then calculated (for two reference spaces: a class room and a open-space office) in terms of temperature, relative humidity and ventilation. The resulting air concentrations are finally classified according to the Chronic Reference Exposure Levels (CRELs) of the California Office of Environmental Health Hazards Assessement (OEHHA), according to the principles of the Section generally no more than half of the CREL's extent is to be emitted.

Caprolactam and nickel in CREL revision

Since the beginning of 2011 the Chronic Reference Exposure Level (CRELs) of the substances caprolactam and nickel are discussed: in August 2011, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) submitted drafts as of this. More information

Short info about the substances: caprolactam is generally used fpr manufacturing of carpets, textiles and packaging and nickel as metal and in terms of alloy.

The eco-INSTITUT looks forward to advise you and to evaluate the tests of your products according to the specification of California Section 01350. Contact us!


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