VOC News:

German DIBt approval system for low emitting construction products is about to change. Applications for approval by DIBt are not possible any longer for CE marked products.


For an update on the status as of February 2016, read more in our VOC Blog.


British BREEAM (Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method) is an approach for promoting and certifying sustainable buildings.

Motivation for having BREEAM certification of a building is to achieve higher value of a building in balance, or better sales price or better rental price with sustainability as additional argument, or to promote public perception of the company operating a BREEAM certified building, or to promote environment and health.

A study of RICS showed the economic trade-off of green buildings.

Credits are awarded in ten categories according to performance. These credits are then added together to produce a single overall score on a scale of Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding.


BREEAM was established in the UK. There are national versions in a number of countries:

BREEAM and products

Products cannot be BREEAM certified. Only buildings can. A product can be certified by BRE and listed in BRE Global's Green Guide based on its environmental profile for showing that the product can be used in a BREEAM assessment to help achieve credits, but low emissions are not an element of that certification.

The criteria for low emitting products are not compulsory; you can raise a BREEAM certified building without low-emitting products. Use of low emitting materials can be helpful to achieve one or two points for improving indoor air quality. Motivation of product manufacturers to show that their product can support collecting BREEAM points ("BREEAM compliance") is that they can sell their products to those who want to achieve BREEAM certification of their building. But BREEAM does not foresee any type of "BREEAM compliance" attestation of a product. See BREEAM UK / International and BREEAM Norway for details.

Products may qualify for good environmental rating in general with an Environmental Profile including a  Life Cycle Assessment. Such rating can lead to listing of a product in a database of BREEAM qualified products.

Using synergies

If a manufacturer needs VOC emission testing for markets in several countries, then Eurofins can help saving money by combining all required testing into one test setup. This service is unique in whole world. No single other testing laboratory is approved for VOC emission chamber testing both for US purposes and for European labels such as Blue Angel, EMICODE and M1, combining this with a world-wide valid ISO 17025 accreditation.

Contact to VOC Testing Laboratories

Please see here contact information of Eurofins VOC testing laboratories in Europe, China and Japan:

Updated by: ROP
Last updated: 23 May 2016