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Title: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from Engineered Wood Products

Source: Research in Progress, FPL-RIP-4703-007. Madison, WI: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 2 p.

Author(s): Forest Products Laboratory,

Publication Year: 2015  View PDF »

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Category: Research In Progress

Abstract: The Forest Products Laboratory and APA – The Engineered Wood Association are undertaking a research project to assess types and amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are emitted by engineered wood products used as structural elements of buildings. VOCs are characterized as carbon-containing organic compounds that exist in gaseous phase at ambient temperature. Engineered wood products such as structural plywood, oriented strandboard, structural composite lumber, I-joists, and glued-laminated timber are engineered for strength properties. Because they are required to be made with moisture-resistant adhesives, they are typically exempt from emission testing requirements such as the California Air Resources Board regulation for formaldehyde from wood composites. Therefore, data on types and amounts of VOCs that are emitted from engineered wood products are limited.

Keywords: Volatile organic compound; VOC; engineered wood products; indoor air quality; plywood; OSB; I-joists; SCL; glued laminated timber; green building standard

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 332 kb(s)

Date posted: 08/17/2015
RITS Product ID: 73883

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