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Health

Headaches

A child that holds its head.

It is often difficult to find out exactly what triggers headaches or migraines. However, poor air quality should be considered when searching for headache causes. read more

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Economy | Consumption

Formaldehyde emissions: Test conditions for wood-based materials

Even today, harmful formaldehyde from wood-based materials and other products is still offgassing into indoor air. Low-emission products are now more important than ever, as, for energy-conservation reasons, new and renovated buildings are more air-tight now than they used to be. The German Environment Agency (UBA) has achieved, that the test conditions have been adapted to the state of the art. read more

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Economy | Consumption

European testing procedure: Emissions from construction products

A gypsum board in an emissions testing chamber.

For reliable data on pollutant emissions from construction products both validated testing procedures and qualified testing bodies are required. Test methods for determining the release of dangerous substances from construction products have been available in Europe for some time, and the first designated testing laboratories for this purpose have recently been set up in line with EU regulations. read more

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Health

Indoor air hygiene

livingroom with armchairs, dining table, carpet, lamps, pictures and potted plants

People in developed countries spend the majority of their lives indoors, on average about two thirds in their home. However, the quality of indoor air is not always beneficial to human health. read more

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The Umweltbundesamt

For our environment