Green Star is a membership-driven organization aiming at building sustainable buildings and certifying these. Developed in Australia, there are analogous organizations in New Zealand and in South Africa.
Motivation for having Green Star certification of a building is to achieve higher value of a building in balance, or better sales or better rental price with sustainability as additional argument, or to promote public perception of the company operating a Green Star certified building, or to promote environment and health. Procedure is to collect points for proper consideration of environmental aspects (e.g. saving of energy and of resources, recyclability, indoor air quality and more).
Different than other associations for sustainable buildings, most of the criteria documents for assigning sustainability points are not public for free, they must be purchased for a significant price, or you must become member of the respective Green Building Council for a significant fee.
Products and VOC and formaldehyde
Products cannot be certified, but use of compliant products can help building projects to collect additional points for a higher sustainability rating.
The requirements for products regarding formaldehyde and VOC are assumed to be the same in all three countries. The documentation is in a technical manual that is available for a fee. The requirements deal with:
- Limits for VOC content of coatings, adhesives, sealants
- Limits for VOC emissions from floorings, with focus on carpets and carpet underlays
- formaldehyde content of wooden products
There was a debate within Green Star Australia that European test methods and low VOC programs should be accepted in the most recent version, besides US test methods, but we did not yet receive any clear information about that. Green Star New Zealand accepts AgBB and GUT compliance for floorings, and Green Star South Africa accepts some European labels.
- Resilient Flooring
- Interior Textiles & Upholstery
- Mattresses and Bedding textiles
As most of the criteria documents for assigning sustainability points are not available for free to non-members, and quite expensive, we cannot guarantee that the above information is most up to date.
If you have any additional information and clarification then please send this to us by email.
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 regulation, French VOC regulations, German VOC regulations, EMICODE, 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 mark, CE 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
- Testing lab:
(also DIBt approved testing body, and accredited as well as notified testing lab)
Smedeskovvej 38, 8464 Galten, Denmark
Phone: +45 7022 4276
Contact to VOC Testing Laboratories
Please see here contact information of Eurofins VOC testing laboratories in Europe, China and Japan: