California tests conventional
and "green"products for emissions
Californias push to improve
indoor air quality has strong support by the school districts.
In a concession to manufacturers, vendor
and product names have been omitted from the most detailed
results, but the testing is yielding useful data. Its
the first time as architect that I have a tool I can take
to the manufacturer and say, If you dont exceed
this level, youre okay, where the level is based
on health, says Bernheim. ASTM officials are considering
adopting the test protocols as standards.In some cases, the
California studies have led manufacturers to reformulate their
products or pay closer attention to contributions from raw-material
providers and supply-chain partners, something that the green-building
community has encouraged for many years.
The waste management board report is
available at www.ciwmb.ca.gov/greenbuilding/specs/section/metstudy.htm,
and a list of products that passed the tests for the states
Capital Area East End Complex office project is available
The DHS is now monitoring the long-term emissions of materials
in the East End facility, according to officials.
The Collaborative for High Performance
Schools (CHPS) initiative, which is ongoing, relies on independent
lab tests arranged by manufacturers. IAQ is an optional but
commonly addressed category of CHPSs green school guidelines.
The testing program stems from efforts by the Los Angeles
Unified School District to list products that meet Section
01350 standards. Qualifying products are added to a Web site,
as manufacturers submit their test results.
Officials stressed that the specifications
note only emissions levels for products, not other environmental
measures, such as embodied energy and pollution generated
during manufacturing and distribution.