Product Chamber Testing for Interior Products
All building products that have the potential to emit Volatile Organic Compounds and are intended for installation within the building envelope (defined as interior of the wall and roof vapor barrier) must supply a laboratory certificate of compliance with an Approved Product Emissions Standard.
If a building product, for which chamber testing is required, does not supply a laboratory certificate of compliance or conformant product certification, it will not be considered compliant with the Healthy Interior Performance Imperative of the Living Building Challenge, and will be identified as such on the Declare label.
Although product VOC emissions compliance no longer impacts a product’s Declaration Status and compliance with LBC Imperative I-13 Red List under Declare 2.0, emissions testing may be required to demonstrate compliance with certain Declare Program Exceptions, such as RL-009b – Formaldehyde.
Emissions Reporting Requirements
The LBC I-10 Healthy Interior Performance Imperative requires individual concentration results for each of the target VOCs as outlined in any of the Approved Product Emissions Standards for building products with the potential to emit that are installed in the project. These individual concentration results do not need to be additionally submitted if a product has already qualified for the Approved Product Emissions Standard, though the standard or certification documentation that is submitted must clearly indicate that all applicable target VOC thresholds were met. The laboratory certificate of compliance or associated summary report must either have an expiration date after, or a testing date within the three years prior to, the date of specification (at the time of material research and vetting for the project).
Total VOCs (TVOCs) or any form of combined VOC results that are not accompanied by individual concentration results are not accepted as IAQ Testing in this Imperative unless explicitly stated through an existing LBC Temporary Exception.
Total VOCs (TVOCs) or any form of combined VOC results that are not accompanied by individual concentration results are not accepted as I10-3 CDPH Compliance Documentation in this Imperative unless explicitly stated through an existing Declare Program Exception.
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