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VOC is the abbreviation for Volatile Organic Compound(s); they are volatile organic substances that change from the liquid state to the gas state at environment temperature and with normal pressure.
The typical VOC include all organic solvents, combustibles like gasoline, diesel, etc. There is no unique general definition for the VOC, as some of them differs considerably from the others. However, in this context we are talking generally only the organic solvents, ad defined for example in the guidelines TRGS 610 for Germany , that is organic composites with a boiling point equal or lower than 200 °C .
The VOC can have different origins. For example, a product may contains solvents that evaporate intentionally or unintentionally. However, also other materials, accessories or appliances containing organic composites may emit VOC in the air.
Examples of such materials are: chipboard, building material, fabrics, plastic material, wood, wool, perfumes, aromatized candles, air fresheners, printers, body-care products, nail polisher , cosmetics, etc.
At the time being, there are very few scientific information about the effects of many VOC, especially for very low concentrations. Since many VOC, alone or in combination, are suspected to have a negative effect on the health of a person, nowadays scientists from all over the world are working to find ways to avoid the VOC emissions.
“Green Building” in offices and houses will become the state of the art in the next future.
The air quality is determined by the emissions produced by the building’s components.
In particular, the emissions deriving from paints, adhesives, holding systems and other construction material applied recently may cause an alarming increase of the VOC concentrations in the inside air already after few days from the installation.
EMICODE® offers a guide line and guarantees a perfectly sustainable and ecologic building, providing reliable information on the construction material. Therefore, a mark of quality like EMICODE® is an essential instrument for designers and architects to guarantee a building projected on the future with the required standards.
EMICODE® classifies the construction materials in three categories based on the volume of organic substances emitted. This classification system offers to designers, architects, contractors and final end users safe guide lines for the selection of the right materials for the “eco-building”, while supporting the sustainability.
Compared to all other environment labels, EMICODE® with its classes EC 1 and EC 1PLUS establishes the most restricted emission limits on the market.
EMICODE® is a registered mark belonging to GEV, the Association for the material with controlled emission, with headquarters in Düsseldorf.
This mark can be used only by the members of this association, to certify products for laying of floors and walls, products for waterproofing and indoors coatings, based on VOC emissions , that must be low or very low.
The licence EMICODE® is requested directly to GEV following the emission tests. Based on the tests results, the manufacturer certifies its own product applying the so-called “ responsibility principle” while GEV performs annual checks on the products present in the market, without informing the manufacturer, to verify the validity of the certification.
The EMICODE® mark and its class EC1 (R) have become a reference in the last fifteen years as a standard for the products with very low emissions.
In 2010, EC 1 PLUS has been introduced as premium class, that defines the technical feasibility limits and establishes even more restricted limits.