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April 12, 2021
For 2021, Berkeley Analytical has added one-cubic meter chambers to its mix of small- and room-size environmental test chamber facilities. These facilities are used for measuring VOC emissions from products and materials under carefully controlled conditions of airflow rate, air speed, temperature…
February 17, 2021
What are the allowed formaldehyde emission rates from wood products in Germany? January 2021 marked the first anniversary for the implementation of the German “Ordinance on bans and restrictions on placing on the market and on the delivery of certain substances, mixtures and products according to…
February 13, 2021
About the Washington State law affecting vinyl flooring products and what manufacturers are asked to do. In early 2019, Washington State passed senate bill 5135, the pollution Prevention for Healthy People and Puget Sound Act. The Governor signed the legislation in May 2019. The law regulates toxic…
February 09, 2021
Prior to November 2020, there was no specific guidance from USGBC about the expiration date or validity period of LEED EQ Credit: Low-Emitting Materials (LEM) documentation. In the absence of guidance, Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) reviewers were generally accepting LEM reports and…
April 03, 2020
Daily news articles indicate that many companies, including those outside of the medical device field, are stepping up to manufacture, refurbish, repurpose and repair respiratory ventilators that urgently are needed by hospitals to care for the large influx of COVID-19 patients. The US FDA is…
April 18, 2018
Allergy Standards Ltd. (ASL), the international scientific standards body for Asthma & Allergy Friendly® Certified Products, just announced its partnership with Berkeley Analytical (BkA). BkA is now one of only a few laboratories worldwide that are authorized to test consumer products for this…
March 15, 2018
As just announced by BIFMA and several other organizations, the U.S. EPA has agreed to a June 1, 2018 deadline for the enforcement of the national formaldehyde rule, Formaldehyde Act of Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act. The rule sets limits for formaldehyde emissions from most interior…
February 25, 2018
Berkeley Analytical is honored to announce that it has been approved by The Building Information Foundation (RTS sr) of Finland as a testing laboratory for their M1-Certification program for low-emitting building materials. The Building Information Foundation is Finland's leading information…
February 07, 2018
On the heels of Berkeley Analytical’s ClearChem™ program being approved for inclusion in the mindful MATERIALS Program, GIGA and Berkeley Analytical have partnered to integrate ClearChem™ declarations with the Origin Material Hub. Thru this partnership, users of the Origin Material Data Hub and…
December 28, 2017
Berkeley Analytical is pleased to announce that it has entered into a data sharing agreement with GIGABASE, Inc. (GIGA). Under this Agreement, we will work cooperatively with GIGA to make our ClearChem™ Self-Declared Certificate of Product Conformity data available on Origin, GIGA’s online material…
October 04, 2017
Berkeley Analytical was invited to attend the 2017 World Business Summit of The Flooring Industry (WBSFI 2017) at HengLin China.  During the meeting, the latest environmental policy for the building industry was announced. The Chinese Government will promote energy conservation, green building…
August 15, 2017
The State of California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has launched its new Proposition 65 Warnings Website https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov/. This database driven site is aimed at consumers and allows users to choose Prop 65 chemicals, product categories and places with…
August 01, 2017
Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) issued a press release on July 18, 2017 acknowledging an odor problem associated with a formaldehyde-based resin used in a coating on its Flak Jacket® I-joist products manufactured after December 1, 2016. According to the company, these I-joists have been installed…
January 13, 2017
Berkeley Analytical successfully completed the 2016 German BAM (Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing) round robin test for VOC emissions. BAM sponsors an international inter-laboratory study of VOC emissions using small-scale chambers and Indoor Air Quality ISO Standards 16000-9 and…
May 12, 2016
The U.S. Green Building Council has officially recognized ClearChem™, Berkeley Analytical’s program for manufacturer’s self-declared product claims for low VOC emissions. ClearChem is now listed as approved for first-party claims in USGBC’s updated table of approved LEED v4 EQ Credit Low-Emitting…
February 25, 2016
The November 2015 draft revision of South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1113 on Architectural Coatings lists ASTM Standard Method D6886, Standard Test Method for Determination of the Weight Percent Individual Volatile Organic Compounds in Waterborne Air-Dry Coatings by Gas…
February 25, 2016
The LEED Steering Committee and Executive Committee of the USGBC Board of Directors have appointed Berkeley Analytical’s Laboratory Director, Raja Tannous, to serve on the Indoor Environmental Technical Advisory Group (EQ TAG). As stated by the USGBC, “The Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) are…
February 24, 2016
Berkeley Analytical was mentioned on NBC Bay Area News. As reported, many workers in the U.S. EPA Region 9 Headquarters building at 75 Hawthorne Street in San Francisco have been complaining about indoor air quality concerns. EPA leases its space in the building, which was constructed in 1987 and…
August 12, 2015
In July 2015, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved Berkeley Analytical as an accredited laboratory to provide formaldehyde testing services for manufacturers of composite wood products under Section 93120.4 of the Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM), Title 17, California Code of…
July 01, 2015
Berkeley Analytical announces the publication of the ClearChem™ registry of manufacturers’ self-declared declarations for VOC emissions from interior building products. ClearChem declarations are claims for low VOC emissions created by product companies using a uniform template. They are…
June 19, 2015
Under a NIST contract, Bernheim + Dean, Inc. and Berkeley Analytical (with specification assistance by White +GreenSpec) developed a detailed indoor air quality (IAQ) architectural specification for use in residential new construction and renovation. The specification is directed to architects and…
June 17, 2015
Berkeley Analytical tests water-based paints for VOC content by ASTM D6886 using the SCAQMD Method 313 definition of VOC. In order to sell paints and coatings in California, manufacturers must meet strict CARB SCM 2007 and SCAQMD Rule 1113 regulations on VOC content. These regulations soon may…
June 15, 2015
Berkeley Analytical now tests laminate flooring and engineered wood flooring for their emissions of formaldehyde using micro-scale chambers. This service is designed for industrial hygienists conducting field investigations. The small sample size consisting of a circle 2.5 inch in diameter allows…
June 12, 2015
Berkeley Analytical is partnering with QAI Laboratories and Rosenblum Environmental for VOC emission testing and toxicology evaluations of Spray-in-Place Polyurethane Foam (SPF) insulation required in Canada. Many manufacturers of two-part SPF insulation products are using Canadian Construction…
March 19, 2015
Berkeley Analytical has received a large volume of e-mails and calls following the March 1 airing of the 60-Minutes investigation of Lumber Liquidators laminated wood flooring products. In order to assist our customers and other stakeholders, we have published a new white paper that describes the…

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