Evaluation scheme for VOC emissions from construction products

Since VOC emissions from construction products may be a relevant cause for indoor air pollution the Committee for Health-related evaluation of Building Products , having been founded in 1997, worked out testing criteria the AgBB evaluation scheme for VOC emission from construction products has been developed out of. The aim is the support and production of specially low-emission construction products.

This so-called AgBB scheme is reguarly reviewed and edited, the last time in August 2018. Strating August 2019 the usage of version 2015 will not allowed any more.

In 2004 German Institute for Structural Engineering   took the AgBB scheme as basis for developing the “approval principles for health-evaluation of indoor construction products”. These are significantly relevant for gaining the U mark within the frame of the national technical approval . Currently though these are put to the test (Please see all relevant news on that topic on the site of the U mark here).

The AgBB evaluation scheme also complies with the series of standards ISO 16000 being globally relevant for construction products, and so equally corresponds with national and international requirements.

The AgBB evaluation scheme also complies with the series of standards ISO 16000 being globally relevant for construction products, and so equally corresponds with national and international requirements. Product fulfilling agBB requirement are also approved for usage in international LEED building projects.


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 not defined not defined
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 requirements of AgBB scheme the following products can be tested by eco-INSTITUT*:
  • Construction products
  • Floor coverings

*Please note: the tests following the AgBB scheme are labelled with a mark. eco-INSTITUT is DIBt approved testing, inspection and certification body and authorised to perform the respective AgBB tests.



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