Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a third-party environmental certification group, will begin to offer its indoor air quality certification to paints, wallcoverings, insulation and other residential products.
The decision is a break from longstanding practice for SCS, which has previously limited its Indoor Advantage Gold certification to interior products for offices, health care facilities and schools.
"This is a long-awaited development," said SCS program manager Stowe Hartridge-Beam. "Concerned homeowners and parents will now be able to purchase SCS Indoor Advantage Gold-certified products for healthier, safer homes."
The SCS Indoor Advantage Gold standard is based on the scientific thresholds of the emissions testing method for California Specification 01350 (Section 01350), which was just revised and reissued March 10 as the Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions From Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers, Version 1.1.
Key changes have been made to the fundamental 01350 standard, making testing protocols easier to understand and expanding its relevance to residential uses. The CA standard is also beginning an important harmonization process in line with the way SCS has been conducting IAQ certification for the past six years.
This new revision to Section 01350 is the first update since the original release in 2004. Further revision will occur this year, with Version 2.0 expected to be released in January 2011. Key elements proposed for Version 2.0 include further refinement of the residential scenario, protocols for assessing additional chemicals of concern, and further harmonization with other standards.
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), based in Emeryville, Calif., develops internationally recognized standards and certification programs in pursuit of the highest level of environmental performance and social accountability.