French guideline on VOC emissions from construction products

In 2006, the French Agence française de sécurité sanitaire de l’environnement et du travail (AFSSET) published for the first time a guideline on the limitations of VOC emissions (by construction products) into indoor air.

In 2009, this so called AFSSET guideline was revised and now regards VOC emissions from a total of 165 substances.

The basis of testing is ISO 16000, thus equating the in Germany legally required method the Committee for Health-Related Evaluation of Building Products (AgBB) and the German Institute for Engineering (DIBt) take as basis.


Overview European limit values after 28 days

Substance / Limit value after 28 days AgBB 2018 Belgian VOC regulation 2014 French VOC regulation A+ 2011 Afsset 2009
TVOC ≤ 1000 μg/m3 ≤ 1000 μg/m3 ≤ 1000 μg/m3 ≤ 1000 μg/m3
TSVOC ≤ 100 μg/m3 ≤ 100 μg/m3 nicht definiert nicht definiert
Toloule 2900 μg/m3*) ≤ 300 μg/m3 < 300 μg/m3 300 μg/m3*)
Formaldehyde 100 μg/m3*) ≤ 100 μg/m3 < 10 μg/m3 ≤ 10 μg/m3
Acetaldhyde 1200 μg/m3*) ≤ 200 μg/m3 < 200 μg/m3 200 μg/m3*)
CMR substances 1A & 1B ≤ 1 μg/m3 ≤ 1 μg/m3 ≤ 1 μg/m3 (CMR regulation) ≤ 1 μg/m3 (CMR regulation)
R value ≤ 1 ≤ 1 ≤ 1 ≤ 1
TVOC w/o LCI ≤ 100 μg/m3 not defined not defined ≤ 100 μg/m3

*) NIK, LCI, CLI

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Following the so called AFSSET scheme the following products can be tested* by eco-INSTITUT**:
  • Construction products

*on the basis of AgBB tests

**Please note: the declaration of AFSSET scheme is not awarded by eco-INSTITUT itself. The tests by eco-INSTITUT fulfill all criteria of AFSSET scheme.



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