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CALIFORNIA TO REDUCE FORMALDEHYDE LEVELS
Posted By Jorge Chapa On May 15, 2007 @ 12:33 am In Air quality,Sustainable Building,Sustainable Materials | 1 Comment
With all the emphasis on energy and water, we sometimes forget that there is another aspect to sustainability that is not as often mentioned, indoor air quality. So it was with great interest that we read that California regulators have adopted new standards  to reduce the amount of formaldehyde in wood products.
So what does it actually mean? Well the standards mean that by 2008 all the composite wood products would have to limit their formaldehyde emissions to around what the current European standards propose. By 2010, that level should drop to that of what Japan  currently has, and by 2012, the level of formaldehyde on any products sold in California should be the lowest in the world.
As is well known, California is the 5th largest economy in the planet, so having them take initiative and become proactive in the reduction of formaldehyde in the internal environments of our buildings.
+California backs lowering formaldehyde in wood 
+California Air Resources Board (ARB) press release 
+OSHA fact sheet on formaldehyde 
+Europe’s E2 formaldehyde standards 
+Japan’s F series formaldehyde standards 
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 new standards: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/formaldehyde/standards.html
 Green Building 101: http://inhabitat.com/blog/category/greenbuilding-101/
 Indoor Environmental Quality: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/08/02/green-building-101-indoor-environmental-quality/
 Materials and Resources II: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/07/26/green-building-101-materials-resources-part-ii/
 European : http://www.ttf.co.uk/buying/panel/36%20section%206.4%20v2.pdf
 Japan: http://www.mlit.go.jp/english/housing_bureau/law/
 +California backs lowering formaldehyde in wood: http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?alias=california-backs-lowering
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