SOURCE: Air Quality Sciences, Inc.

October 10, 2006 10:30 ET

AQS Develops IAQ Emissions Test Process for Wood Finishes Applied to Cabinetry, Flooring, Furniture and Wood Paneling

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 10, 2006 -- Minimizing the release of potentially harmful and odorous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the indoor air is a necessary product requirement for achieving good indoor air quality in homes, commercial buildings, schools, and health care environments. Today's green marketplace demands a safe indoor environment free of unacceptable indoor pollutants that can exacerbate asthma, allergies, and other respiratory diseases, and, in some cases, result in other illnesses.

Research has shown that VOCs are typically 2-5 times higher in indoor environments than outdoors, and in new construction and renovations, they can escalate to hundreds of times higher. Common VOCs include formaldehyde and solvents such as toluene, xylenes, and glycols. Many indoor materials and processes can contribute to these VOCs, but interest has focused on finished wood products that are present in large amounts in homes and buildings, present as furniture, shelving, cabinetry, millwork, flooring, and casework. Courthouses in particular are of concern because of the extensive amounts of decorative wood paneling.

Air Quality Sciences, Inc. (AQS) has developed environmental chamber test protocols that allow manufacturers to understand the levels of emissions released by wood finishes including stains, sealers, and topcoats. These materials may be tested individually or as applied systems on wood. The information produced indicates what VOCs are being released and at what level. It also indicates if reaction products are present and if the finish provides a barrier to natural emissions from a wood substrate. Manufacturers can use this information to determine if their emissions will be acceptable for use on products to be qualified as low emitting under the new Green Building guidelines from the National Homebuilders Association and the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. According to Dr. Marilyn Black, CEO and Chief Scientist of AQS, "This powerful technology assists manufacturers in gaining needed information to adapt their formulations for the improvement of indoor air quality."

AQS recently assisted ML Campbell (, in certifying the wood finishing systems for GREENGUARD certification as low emitting products. Their systems were tested as applied to cabinetry and found to meet the low VOC emissions standards.

Air Quality Sciences, Inc. is a fully integrated indoor air quality (IAQ) company that provides solutions to create healthy indoor environments and avoid potentially dangerous indoor pollution. As the only IAQ firm with internal labs that are both ISO 9001:2000 registered and AIHA EMLAP accredited, AQS sets the standard for effective diagnoses and solutions. AQS also is a test laboratory for both the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute and the Blue Angel Labeling programs, which provide independent, third party certification for low-emitting products used indoors. To learn more about AQS, Blue Angel and GREENGUARD, visit, or, respectively. To learn more about indoor air quality, visit Aerias-AQS IAQ Resource Center at

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