Low emissions is just one out of many criteria in the sustainability standard.
For formaldehyde, minimum is compliance of the used wood-based panels with the E1 class as specified in EN 13986; more points can be earned if the emissions correspond to 50% of E1, CARB phase 2 or Japanese class F****.
The new FEMB standard does not invent new requirements for low VOC and formaldehyde emissions. Instead, it requires that the emissions-related specifications of any of a list with well-established environmental marks are fulfilled:
- German Blue Angel RAL UZ 38 or 117; or
- ANSI/BIFMA e3-2010 sections 7.6.1 and 7.6.2
- This can be proven by any equivalent program. Indoor Air Comfort GOLD is one of the listed examples.
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