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 now the most important standard in the US concering the evaluation and reduction of VOC emissions in indoor air.

The specification is integrated into further programmes such as FloorScore® or LEED.


Measurement and evaluation

  • Test sample conditioning: 10 days at 23±2oC and 50±10% RH directly followed by a 96-hour emissions test chamber test at 23±1oC and 50±5% RH
  • Air sample collection for VOCs and aldehydes:  after 24, 48 and 96 hr during chamber test
  • Identification and quantitative analysis of VOCs emitted to air by the product
  • Modeling of VOC analysis results for stipulation of concentrations in standard building scenarios
    • office
    • school classroom
    • single family residence (optional)
  • Evaluation of modeled concentrations in relation to chronic health guidelines

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Following the requirement of California Section 01350 the following products can be tested by eco-INSTITUT*:
  • Construction products
  • Flooring
  • Suspended ceilings
  • Insulation products
  • Wall panels and coverings
  • Paints
  • Coatings


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