Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Green Flooring Adhesives

Sunday July 05, 2009
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When it comes to formaldehyde emission standards for green adhesives, there are many different guidelines set forth by several different organizations worldwide. In my experience, I have found that three of the most recognized formaldehyde emission standards in the U.S. include, but are not limited to:

  • CARB Phase 1 and Phase 2, created by the California Air Resources Board
  • Japanese JIS/JAS (F*– F****) Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Building Materials
  • European E1 and E0 Formaldehyde Emission Standards

Adhesives that meet the requirements of any one of these programs may be used in engineered hardwood flooring or laminate flooring labeled as containing eco–friendly or "green" flooring adhesives. However, the different restrictions that each of these programs set forth are quite noteworthy.

In the blog series, which I link to below, I explain who is behind each of these formaldehyde emission standards, as well as what their requirements are, and how they compare to each other. My goal is to provide those who are shopping for green composite wood flooring products (which includes engineered hardwood, laminate, and bamboo floors) the basic information they need to make smart, healthy choices.

Before you begin reading this blog series, you may want to review the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Introduction to Indoor Air Quality to understand formaldehyde. This is actually an important chemical, with various purposes in building materials and household products and is naturally occurring in all wood products. Formaldehyde is usually harmless in acceptable levels, but can become an irritant or possible cause of cancer in high doses. By choosing flooring with adhesives that contain low levels of formaldehyde, or better yet, are formaldehyde–free, you can avoid these potentially negative health effects.

To continue reading this blog series, and to learn more about each of these formaldehyde emissions standards for adhesives, click the links below.

E1 and E0 Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Green Adhesives

CARB Green Adhesive Formaldehyde Emission Standards

Japanese JIS/JAS Formaldehyde Adhesive Emission Standards

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Mme
I am working with a small community in France to set up a really innovative wood composite production plant. It will be small scale, use only non commercial wood fibre and apart from small local collection all transport will be by rail and sea. Only trace, naturally occuring formaldehyde will be present and so it will meet the F**** and the CARB phase 2 standard. If successful it will keep a small local railway line open, create 30 sustainable jobs in an area of high unemployment, capture more carbon than it creates and replace formaldehyde containing products with a totally non-toxic alternative. Anyone interested?
August 10 2009
Dr.
Dear sir As a researcher, may I have more information about your standard, please? Yours sincerely, H. Hosseinkhani Wood Science & Forest Products Research Division-Director Research Institute Of Forests & Rangelands P.O.Box: 13185-116 Tehran, Iran E-mail: hhosseinkhani@gmail.com Tel: 0098(021) 44580284 Fax: 0098(021) 44196575 Tel & Fax:0098(0261)6771516 Mobile: 0098 9123353059
July 30 2009
Dr.
Dear sir As a researcher, may I have more information about your standard, please? Yours sincerely, H. Hosseinkhani Wood Science & Forest Products Research Division-Director Research Institute Of Forests & Rangelands P.O.Box: 13185-116 Tehran, Iran Tel: 0098(021) 44580284 Fax: 0098(021) 44196575 Tel & Fax:0098(0261)6771516 Mobile: 0098 9123353059
July 30 2009
Hello, I am very interested in knowing more about the different standards, however the link to your blog does not seem to work. Thanks.
July 28 2009
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