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New AgBB Evaluation Scheme 2018 published including new NIK/LCI values

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Construction

The German Environmental Protection Agency, Umweltbundesamt (UBA) published the new AgBB scheme 2018, which is now valid since August 2018. During a transition period of one year, the former version from 2015 remains valid including the respective NIK1/LCI2 values.

What has changed:

The new AgBB evaluation scheme now directly mentions the new German ABG requirements implemented into the administrative regulation MVV TB (Muster-Verwaltungsvorschrift Technische Baubestimmungen) since August 2017. The federal states in Germany are currently adapting that regulation into their federal building laws.

The new AgBB evaluation scheme now directly refers to the new harmonized standard EN 16516, which was published in October 2017, but it still deviates from this standard in terms of calculation of the TVOC3SPEZ. Tests according to the new AgBB and the EN 16516 can be combined, but calculating the result will be different and therefore evaluation of a construction product might be different, as it has been before.

The new AgBB evaluation scheme now included a sensory odour test according to ISO 16000-28 on a voluntary basis and proposes a preliminary limit value of 7 pi for the intensity of the odour as defined in ISO 16000-28. But it is also mentioned that the ISO 16000-28 is not satisfactorily describing the method and that a revision is needed. This revision is currently under process and shall be finished  at the end of 2020. Nevertheless AgBB is still recommending performing such an odour test, eventhough the process is not finished..

The German NIK/LCI values have been updated as well, in most cases AgBB adopted the EU-LCI values. More than 50 values changed, some values are significantly higher compared to the AgBB 2015 version, like for example n-Hexane and Phenol. But some NIK/LCI values are also significantly lower compared to the AgBB 2015 version, like for example 2-Phenoxyethanol and Diethyleneglycol-phenylether.

Here you can download a copy of the updated NIK/LCI list.

Eurofins offers:

Eurofins Product Testing is accredited and approved testing body and performs emission testing according to ISO 16000 and DIN EN 16516 in compliance with all national and international requirements (such as AgBB/DIBt, Blue Angel, GEV-Emicode, M1).

Eurofins Product Testing offers emissions testing according to the AgBB 2018 version and includes this into the respective requirements for the German ABG requirements. The new AgBB 2018 version will be incorporated into the Indoor Air Comfort and Indoor Air Comfort Gold testing and certification scheme as well.

In case of questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Support team:

CustomerSupport@Eurofins.dk

The new AgBB 2018 scheme can be downloaded here:

German:

https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/sites/default/files/medien/355/dokumente/agbb-bewertungsschema_2018.pdf

English:

https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/sites/default/files/medien/355/dokumente/agbb_evaluation_scheme_2018.pdf

Glossary

1LCI= Lowest Concentration of Interest

2NIK = German equivalent of LCI

3TVOC = Total Volatile Organic Compounds

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