Building materials: Formaldehyde emission – field test (NT BUILD 214)

  • Report #: NT BUILD 214
  • Approved: November 1982
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The method described provides a non-destructive field method for the assessment of the formaldehyde release from possible sources of emission inside a room.


The method can be used to measure the formaldehyde emission from any plane surface in a room, i.e. walls, floor, ceiling, doors, cupboards, furniture, etc. Especially in cases of complaint it is important to establish which of several possible formaldehyde sources in a room that is sesponsible for the prevailing formaldehyde level, in order that measures may be taken to reduce the emission from that particular source.  

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