Air Quality testing 

Indoor air quality testing services for BREEAM HEA02 Compliance 


Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC) and formaldehyde levels are commonly monitored parameters in indoor air quality assessments, including those aligned with BREEAM standards HEA02 credit. Both TVOC and formaldehyde can be significant contributors to indoor air pollution and can have implications for the health and comfort of building occupants.

TVOC refers to the total concentration of volatile organic compounds in the air. VOCs are a group of organic chemicals that can easily evaporate into the air and may include substances like benzene, toluene, xylene, and various other organic compounds. Typical sources of VOC's in newly constructed buildings are paints, adhesives, carpets, and certain types of flooring materials.

Formaldehyde, a widely utilised chemical in the production of building materials, is commonly found in newly constructed buildings, including but not limited to plywood, particleboard, pressed wood products, insulation materials, and fabrics treated with specific finishes

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The measurement of formaldehyde and TVOC should be carried out in accordance with ISO 16000 sampling and analysis guidance. 

The formaldehyde concentration in indoor air at post-construction should not exceed 100 ug/m3, averaged over 30 minutes. The total volatile organic compound (TVOC) concentration in indoor at post-construction should not exceed 500 ug/m3, averaged over 8 hours.

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Our primary goal is to support you in achieving BREEAM HEA02 compliance. Our team of experienced professionals understands the specific requirements outlined in BREEAM HEA02. Let us guide you through the process, ensuring your project earns the necessary credits for BREEAM certification.

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