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Construction Products - Pollutants and Emissions

Construction Products - Pollutants and Emissions

Monitoring and Testing Construction Materials

In Germany, people can spend up to 20 hours a day in closed spaces. Reason enough to pay full attention to the sort of air we breathe indoors. Even inside buildings, construction materials are often the main source of air pollution. Smells, caused by materials with intense odors, are normally easy to detect. However, there are many other substances and materials that cause emissions yet with less discernible odors that the nose doesn’t pick up on. These pollutants also pose a threat to health and physical comfort.

Keep damage claims at bay. Our experts can test your construction products for harmful substances and emissions, and analyze their quality attributes. Ensure consistent product quality through regular tests. Our test certificates make it easier for developers and contractors to decide which products to choose for their construction and renovation projects. All it takes is one look and they'll know that your construction materials meet their high quality standards.

Benefits at a Glance

With TÜV Rheinland's independent tests for construction materials, you can:

  • Benefit from our long-standing experience as an independent testing institute
  • Boost customer confidence in the quality and reliability of your construction products
  • Gain a competitive edge thanks to an independent test mark
  • Help your customers make the right purchase decision

Our tests

  • Emissions tests
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)
  • Plasticizers (phthalates, chlorinated paraffin, etc.)
  • Heavy metals
  • Test chamber tests, for example for volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Materials analysis, e.g. heavy metals, biocides, softeners, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)

Legal Standards

  • REACH European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006)
  • CLP regulation on classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures (EC no. 1272/2008)
  • Construction Products Regulation (EU) No. 305/2011
  • Chemicals prohibition regulations (Chemikalien-Verbotsverordnung ChemVerbotsV)
  • Hazardous substance regulations (Verordnung zum Schutz vor Gefahrstoffen, or GefStoffV)
  • AgBB (Ausschuss zur gesundheitlichen Bewertung von Bauprodukten) scheme for health-related evaluation of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC and SVOC) from building products

Product Examples

  • Insulation materials
  • Sealants and sealing agents
  • Paints and lacquers
  • Wood composites
  • Adhesives
  • Parquet and laminate flooring
  • Fillers
  • Wall and ceiling panels
  • All other construction products and any other indirect building materials


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