Minimal environmental criteria for the procurement of planning and services for new buildings, refurbishments and maintenance of buildings and the management of public administration construction sites

Since 2017 in Italy the requirement to use emission-tested products for the construction and renovation of public buildings is in force.

The Minimal Environmental Criteria (I Criteri ambientali minimi – CAM) are the environmental requirements defined for the various phases of the purchasing process in order to determine the best ecological solution for the project throughout its life cycle, taking into account market availability.

The public administration defines the CAMs within the framework of the plan for the environmental sustainability of consumption, being adopted by decree of the Minister of the Environment for the Protection of Territories and the Sea.


The criteria apply

“for the allocation of design services and works for the new construction, renovation and maintenance of public buildings”.

and contain the following:

  • For specific construction products, documentation must be available confirming the required emission properties:
    • Interior paints and varnishes;
    • Floor coverings (ceramic tiles and bricks are excluded if they have not been treated after firing with paints, resins or other organic substances), including liquid resins;
    • Adhesives and sealants;
    • Wall coverings (excluding ceramic tiles and bricks);
    • Finishing boards (including exposed insulation);
      false ceilings;
    • synthetic vapour barriers for internal protection of the insulation package.
  • Emission measurements are to be performed following EN 16516
  • The requirements after 28 days if testing correspond with the French regulation with the classification A
  •  The substances trichloroethylene, benzene, DEHP and DBP must not be detectable in the indoor air. (This corresponds to the French “CMR regulation”, see infobox).

AgBB and selected quality labels (e.g. GEV Emicode, M1 or eco-INSTITUT-Label) are recognised as proof of conformity.

Requirements after 28 days testing*

The values relate to the total of VOC emissions and the evaluation of 10 single substances (in μg/m3).

Formaldehyde < 60
Acetaldehyde < 300
Toluole < 450
Tetrachlorethen < 350
Xylene < 300
1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene < 1500
1,4-Dichlorbenzene < 90
Ethylbenzende < 1.000
2-Butoxyethanol < 1.500
Styrene < 350
TVOC < 1.500

*correspond with the values of the French VOc regualtion with classification A according to “Arrêté etiquetage 2011” from May 13th, 2011.

Subject to change; last updated: October 10th, 2023

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For the Italian minimal environmental criteria eco-INSTITUT may test the following products amongs other:*:
  • Paints and Lacquers
  • Floor and wall coverings
  • Adhessives
  • Sealing materials
  • Boards for interior fittings

*Please note: The documentation is a manufacturer’s declaration which must be provided on the basis of test certificates (see also notes). eco-INSTITUT is accredited according to ISO 17025 and is entitled to test according to the criteria of the Italian minimum environmental criteria.

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