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BREEAM Norway is a national modification of the British BREEAM (Building Research Establishment's Environmental Assessment Method). This is an approach for promoting and certifying sustainable buildings.

Motivation to achieve BREEAM certification of a building is to obtain 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. 

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. Latest publication is the version BREEAM Norway 2016 .

BREEAM and products

Products cannot be BREEAM certified. Only buildings can. There are further explanations in Norwegian language on NGBC website. You can see a guidance on selection of Sustainable materials, issued by the Nordic Green Building Councils, on the NGBC website. 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.

Use of low emitting materials will be helpful to achieve points if the following specifications are fulfilled. Fulfillment of these requirements is a must for the BREEAM certification levels "Very good", "Excellent" or "Outstanding". These specifications have been modified for Norway and are different from the original BREEAM International version. They are in the chapter "Hea02" of the BREEAM Norway 2016 document.

  • Paints and varnishes applied on-site (on walls, ceilings and floors):
    • VOC content as in EU Decopaint Directive.
    • Emissions from the product:
      • TVOC after 28 days: 200 µg/m²h
      • Formaldehyde after 3 days: 62 µg/m²h, or after 28 days: 50 µg/m²h
      • Carcinogenic VOCs (no testing date specified): 5 µg/m²h
    • This corresponds to:
    • Emissions from wall coatings:
      • TVOC after 28 days: 417 µg/m³
      • Formaldehyde after 3 days: equals 50 µg/m³, or after 28 days: 104 µg/m³
      • Carcinogenic VOCs: 10 µg/m³
    • Emissions from ceiling coatings and from floor coatings:
      • TVOC after 28 days: 160 µg/m³
      • Formaldehyde after 3 days: 50 µg/m³, or after 28 days: 40 µg/m³
      • Carcinogenic VOCs 4 µg/m³
  • Wooden panels as specified in EN 13986 or in EN 14080:
    • E1 formaldehyde level.
    • Emissions from the product:
      • TVOC after 28 days: 200 µg/m²h (equals 417 µg/m³ for wall products)
      • Carcinogenic VOCs (no testing date specified): 5 µg/m²h (equals 10 µg/m³ for wall products)
  • Wood flooring and parquet as specified in EN 14342, resilient, textile and laminate flooring as specified in EN 14041, suspended ceiling tiles as specified in IN 13964, flooring adhesives, screed material as specified in EN 13813:
    • Emissions from the product:
      • TVOC after 28 days: 200 µg/m²h (equals 160 µg/m³)
      • Formaldehyde after 3 days: 62 µg/m²h (equals 50 µg/m³), or after 28 days: 50 µg/m²h (equals 40 µg/m³)
      • Carcinogenic VOCs (no testing date specified): 5 µg/m²h (equals 4 µg/m³)
  • Wall coverings:
    • Emissions from the product:
      • TVOC after 28 days: 200 µg/m²h (equals 160 µg/m³)
      • Formaldehyde after 3 days: 62 µg/m²h (equals 50 µg/m³), or after 28 days: 50 µg/m²h (equals 40 µg/m³)
      • Carcinogenic VOCs (no testing date specified): 5 µg/m²h (equals 4 µg/m³)
    • Low content of releasable formaldehyde and of vinyl chloride monomer, complying with the limits listed in the BREEAM Norway document.
  • Sealants:
    • Emissions from the product:
      • TVOC after 28 days: 60 µg/m³
      • Formaldehyde after 3 days: 50 µg/m³, or after 28 days: 104 µg/m³
      • Carcinogenic VOCs (no testing date specified): 1 µg/m³

Several product labels are accepted as proof of compliance, such as EMICODE EC1 or EC1PLUS, or the Finnish M1 label. Which labels are accepted is different from product group to product group. Details are specified in the chapter "Hea02" of the BREEAM Norway 2016 document.

The Eurofins operated product certification Indoor Air Comfort GOLD covers the requirements regarding product emissions and VOC content for many of these product groups. A certified product will then be able to chow compliance without further testing.

Further product rating

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.

Indoor Air Monitoring

Eurofins also offers post-construction Indoor Air Monitoring services for BREEAM projects.

Eurofins VOC related services

Eurofins offers documentation of compliance with the specifications on emissions of VOC and aldehydes by independent and ISO 17025 accredited testing, and if relevant also with external surveillance (inspections, re-testing), and certification, e.g. in combination with the Eurofins operated certification programme Indoor Air Comfort - certified products.

Eurofins operates both an accredited and notified test house and an approved ÜZ certification body. VOC emissions testing for any program or regulation can be easily combined with tests for other regulations or labels such as Belgian VOC regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, German Blue Angel, Finnish M1 and US tests. Such combinations allow to save money compared with separate testing for each of these purposes. One example is the Eurofins Pan-European test package.

Certification and testing services for Ü markCE mark and the Eurofins certification program Indoor Air Comfort - certified products can be ordered in parallel for use on different market segments - there will be significant costs saving when compared to ordering these services separately.

Contact to surveillance and testing services

  • Surveillance and Certification body:
    (also DIBt approved surveillance and certification body)
Eurofins Consumer Product Testing GmbH
Am Neuländer Gewerbepark 4
21079 Hamburg, Germany
Phone: +49 40 492 94 6815
Email UZ-certification@eurofins.com
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  • Testing lab:
    (also DIBt approved testing body, and accredited as well as notified testing lab)
Eurofins Product Testing A/S
Smedeskovvej 38, 8464 Galten, Denmark
Phone: +45 7022 4276
Email voc@eurofins.com

Contact to VOC Testing Laboratories

Please see here contact information of Eurofins VOC testing laboratories in Europe, China and Japan:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.