Sustainable design has become an integral part of building projects over the last few years. Planning authorities and consumers want to know the sustainable viability of buildings in terms of their physical and visual footprint, the materials used, and the thermal and energy efficiency.
The construction industry faces a myriad of environmental and sustainability challenges such as changes in land use, carbon footprint, water, air, and noise pollution. Climate experts estimate the construction industry creates over 35% of greenhouse gases globally.
A significant driver for change within the construction sector revolves around the sustainability of the materials used. The industry needs to create assessments and protocols on how natural materials such as wood and rubber are used to ensure the farming of these products do not contribute to deforestation or loss of biodiversity.
The chemical compliance of materials is essential for worker health and consumer health to lower the risk of exposure to volatile and toxic chemicals in the home and office. Eurofins specializes in indoor air quality measurement to multiple standards like EMICODE, M1, Blue Angel, GUT, Danish Indoor Climate Label (DICL), Indoor Air Comfort (GOLD)
The life cycle of the materials used is a major consideration for architects, builders, and their customers.
- Chemical compliance testing
- Product VOC testing for legal, US LEED and UK BREEAM compliance
- Indoor air comfort
- European Technical assessment (ETA) for CE Marking Building Products
- Packaging recyclability assessment
- Assessment of asbestos
- Lead in paint
- Vegan verification of paints and other materials
- Soil analysis
- Environmental testing of soil and water
- Life cycle assessment
- Sustainable Chemical manufacturing
- Sustainable Construction
- Sustainable Cosmetics and Personal Care
- Sustainable cotton
- Sustainable detergents
- Sustainable Electrical and Electronics
- Sustainable Farming
- Sustainable Food
- Sustainable Footwear
- Sustainable Furniture
- Sustainable hygiene, paper and pulp
- Sustainable Leather
- Sustainable Paper and Packaging
- Sustainable Textiles
- Sustainable Toys