Label for low-emission installation and construction products

EMICODE® seal is the quality mark of the Association for the Control of Emissions in Products for Floor Installation, Adhesives and Building Materials . Since 1997, GEV awards its quality mark GEV EMICODE® to low-emission flooring underlays and construction products.

In the focus of the tests according to ISO 16000 is the VOC missions’ behaviour which are, if meeting EMICODE criteria, classified in 3 categories by the GEV:

  • EMICODE EC1 PLUS – very low emission
  • EMICODE EC1 – very low emission
  • EMICODE EC2  – low emission.

GEV requirements

Floor installation products

μg/m3 EC1PLUS EC1 EC2
TVOC after 3 days ≤ 750 ≤ 1000 ≤ 3000
TVOC after 28 days ≤ 60 ≤ 100 ≤ 300
TSVOC after 28 Tagen ≤ 40 ≤ 50 ≤ 100
R value based on AgBB-LCI-values after 28 days
1
Total of non-evaluable VOC ≤ 40
Formaldehyde after 3 days ≤ 50 ≤ 50 ≤ 50
Acetaldehyde after 3 days ≤ 50 ≤ 50 ≤ 50
Total of form- and acetaldehyd ≤ 0.05 ppm ≤ 0.05 ppm ≤ 0.05 ppm
Total of volatile C1/C2-substances after 3 days ≤ 10 ≤ 10 ≤ 10
Each  C1/C2 substance after 28 days ≤ 1 ≤ 1 ≤ 1

Surface treatment agents

 

μg/m3 EC1PLUS EC1 EC2
Total TVOC + TSVOC after 28 days
≤ 100 (of which max. 40 SVOC) ≤ 150 (of which max. 50 SVOC) ≤ 400 (of which max. 100 SVOC)
Formaldehyde after 3 days ≤ 50 ≤ 50 ≤ 50
Acetaldehyde after 3 days ≤ 50 ≤ 50 ≤ 50
R value based on AgBB-LCI-values after 28 days
1
Total of non-evaluable VOC ≤ 40
Total of volatile C1/C2-substances after 3 days ≤ 10 ≤ 10 ≤10
Each  C1/C2 substance after 28 days ≤ 1 ≤ 1 ≤ 1

Subject to change without notice; last updated: Sept 3, 2020

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Following GEV-EMICODE@ criteria the following products can be tested by eco-INSTITUT:
  • Installation products
  • Joint-tight and insulation products
  • Surface treatment agents for parquet
  • Solvents

*Please note: GEV-EMICODE® is not awarded by eco-INSTITUt itself. eco-INSTITUT is GEV recommended and approved testing laboratory and authorised to perform the respective tests on the basis of GEV criteria.



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