Developed by Benchmark International, one of the oldest and most respected certifying laboratories in the nation, the VOC Green program reviews a manufacturer’s production procedures and independently verifies emission levels of more than 30 specific chemicals. The Benchmark team has years of experience in the forest products, composites, concrete and steel products industries. Our services are supported by international accreditations, which include ISO Guide 65 Product Certification, ISO 17020 Inspection Agency, and ISO 17025 Testing Laboratory.
The term “VOC” and its technical definition may sound unnerving, but many VOCs are appreciated: the fresh minty smell from your mouthwash, the forest’s pine scent, and that new car smell are VOCs. VOCs are not inherently dangerous themselves, but some can contribute to unhealthy indoor air conditions if left unregulated. That’s where the VOC Green program comes in—to provide you with the assurance that your product has low VOC emissions.
Meet Section 01350
In official terms, California’s VOC emissions guidelines are called “California Specification 01350 (Standard Method v1.1, effective January 1, 2012).” In many instances, the industry simply refers to this regulation as “Section 01350,” or “Thirteen-Fifty” in conversation. Section 01350 is recognized by all major green building programs as the standard for evaluating emissions that impact indoor air quality conditions. That means VOC Green certified products can contribute to LEED and all other programs that recognize Section 01350.
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