SCS Global Services Indoor Advantage Gold

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The SCS Global Services Indoor Advantage Gold certification is based on the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s (OEHHA) toxicity guidelines for air pollutants. These guidelines are called the Chronic Reference Exposure Levels (CRELs), which includes 80 chemical substances, a number of which may be emitted by building products.

In order for a product to qualify for the Indoor Advantage™ Gold certification, concentrations for each type of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in classrooms and offices must not exceed one-half of the defined CREL threshold. VOCs are gases that vaporize into the air from products such as aerosol sprays, paints, cleaners and some building materials. VOCs can cause environmental pollution and negative health effects. Given the difficulty in calculating the true level of VOCs in buildings, the conservative standard set for Indoor Advantage Gold certification is intended to ensure that individual occupants’ overall exposure to any one of these chemicals does not exceed the CREL.

This certification program is unique because it emphasizes individual types of VOCs rather than total VOC concentration. The health risks associated with individual VOCs vary, making some more of a concern than others.

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