Important criteria are that products release very little solvents and other volatile substances into the room air, limit pollutants and preservatives to a minimum and use wood sourced from sustainably managed forests.
Germany is becoming increasingly colourful: Over 2.04 million tonnes of coatings and paints were produced in 2010 and a significant proportion of these products were applied by DIY enthusiasts. Wall paints and coatings can contain alarming amounts of solvents, softening agents and formaldehyde. The use of low emission and low pollutant products enables you to reduce any possible health risks to a minimum.
Floor and wall coverings with low emissions
The Blue Angel is awarded to other low emission building products for indoor rooms, such as wooden panels or a large selection of floor coverings such as parquet flooring, carpets or elastic flooring. There are also adhesives and fillers with the Blue Angel that are required for fitting them. These products can contain harmful substances that outgas over the course of time. Therefore, the Blue Angel tests for these substances in emission testing chambers and evaluates the products according to uniform and reliable health criteria.
Good insulation delivers a double saving
Thermal insulation materials and suspended ceilings in buildings save energy and reduce noise. However, it is necessary to proceed carefully in these areas. These measures can also place a significant burden on health and the environment if the products are manufactured out of materials containing harmful substances. The Blue Angel identifies low emission thermal insulation materials and suspended ceilings that go above and beyond the legal regulations, exhibit low emissions of harmful substances and are harmless to people's health. The same is also true for External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems (ETICS) for the exterior of buildings: as well as excluding problematic flame retardants or blowing agents from the insulation, those ecological products awarded the Blue Angel stand out due to the ban on preservatives, which could, for example, be washed out of the plaster into the living environment.