VOC Emissions into indoor air limit values (LCI, NIK, CLI, CREL, ...)
LCI, CLI, NIK, and CREL values are used by several emission rating schemes as limit values for evaluating emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds VOC into indoor air (VOC are called COV in French).
Here you can see a comparison of limit values for emissions into indoor air:
- Comparison of limit values (Last update: 20th July 2015)
- Exemplary summary of European limit values
- Different use of the term TVOC across the globe
The sources of information include:
- EU LCI values
- See the webpage www.eu-lci.org.
- The list of EU LCI values is expanded continuously by a European expert group. All regulations on VOC emissions issued by any EU Member State will have to refer to that list. The countries just can add limits for VOCs not yet ion the EU LCI list.
- EU research report ECA no 29 (EUR 26168) "Harmonisation framework for health based evaluation of indoor emissions from construction products in the European Union using the EU-LCI concept" (2013). Please note that updates are available only via the website.
- German LCI values
- AgBB: Health-related Evaluation Procedure for Volatile Organic Compounds Emissions (VOC and SVOC) from Building Products (2012)
- AgBB 2015: With significant changes, see our VOC Blog and our specific webpage. The list is available only in German language, but an English version should follow soon.
- Most recent DIBt regulation: Principles for the health assessment of construction products used in interiors(2010)
- Notified DIBt regulation (2009)
- Belgian regulation:
- French CLI values:
- AFSSET (now: ANSES), Risques sanitaires liés aux composés organiques volatils dans l'air intérieur (2009)
- CDPH Standard Method v1.1 ("Section 01350") with 1/2 Chronic Reference Exposure Levels (CRELs) as limit values (2010)
- These limits are used for BIFMA, Floor Score, CRI GLP, Indoor Advantage Gold, CHPS. The data source for these limits is www.oehha.org/air/allrels.html. Please note: These programs require 1/2 CREL shall not be exceeded for any substance, with the exception of formaldehyde and acetaldehyde.
- Historical LCI values:
- EU research report ECA no 18 (EUR 17334) "Evaluation of VOC Emissions from Building Products - Solid Flooring Materials" (1997)
- German limit values not for emissions, but for Indoor Air Quality (for comparison purposes):
Contact to VOC Testing Laboratories
Please see here contact information of Eurofins VOC testing laboratories in Europe, China and Japan: