Formaldehyde is a volatile organic compound (VOC) that is present in substantial concentrations both indoors and outdoors. The most prevalent sources of indoor formaldehyde are construction materials and furniture products made of composite wood bonded with adhesives containing formaldehyde. Such products include plywood, particleboard and medium density fiberboard (MDF) used in furniture, cabinetry, shelving, flooring, paneling, sub-flooring and sheathing.
For this project, all composite wood products in regularly occupied spaces, which have been specified and installed, have formaldehyde limits which are lower than the prescribed allowable limits in Green Star and as per international standards. Therefore, in addition to adequate ventilation, this helps to maintain a good indoor air quality for the occupants.
GREEN STAR CREDITS
The aim of this credit is to encourage and recognise the specification of products with low formaldehyde emission levels.
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