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Swedish Building Material Assessment

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The Swedish Building Materials Assessment ("Byggvarubedömningen") is a program issued by Swedish landlords and facility managers for rating products with respect to their environmental impact.

Products showing compliance with all or most of the criteria as specified by this program can be included in the sustainability database BASTA which can promote the use of these products in Swedish construction industry. This is applicable to a wide range of construction products.

Assigned classes are:

  • Recommended
  • Accepted - alternative should be considered
  • To be Avoided - alternative must be explored

The Building Material Assessment Criteria are available in English and in Swedish. There is a download area with all relevant documents.

As regards VOC emissions into indoor air, the classification only applies to relevant goods for indoor use e.g., coating materials or applications which through emissions can reach inside air, referred products wallboard, floor covering, sealing, paint, wallpaper, caulking, adhesive, putty). The actual materials stone, brick, wall tile, floor tile, mosaic tile, glass and metal on interior surfaces are not assessed. However, necessary surface layer and base treatment must be assessed according to the specified criteria - see chapter 8 in the Building Material Assessment Criteria of 2015-04-30.

Emissions evaluation relies on Total VOC emission chamber test or FLEC test within 26 weeks, following the (outdated) testing standards EN 13419 parts 1 and 2 (now ISO 16000 part 9 and part 10, or CEN/TS 16516), with VOC determination as described in ISO 16000-6. Formaldehyde is tested with the standard EN 717-1 or equivalent (such as ISO 16000-3 or CEN/TS 16516).

Classification is based on:

  • Knowledge or no knowledge of the dominating VOC emissions
  • Formaldehyde emission rate 0.05 mg/m²h or air concentration 0.05 mg/m³ for best class after 4 weeks
    (0.124 mg/m²h or air concentration 0.124 mg/m³ for second best class)
  • TVOC emission rate after max. 26 weeks max. 200 µg/m²h for best class
    (400 µg/m³ for second best class)

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 VOC Testing Laboratories

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