ASTM D6670 - 13

    Standard Practice for Full-Scale Chamber Determination of Volatile Organic Emissions from Indoor Materials/Products

    Active Standard ASTM D6670 | Developed by Subcommittee: D22.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.07


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 VOCs emitted from materials/products affect indoor air quality (IAQ) in buildings. To determine the impact of these emissions on IAQ, it is necessary to know their emission rates over time. This practice provides guidelines for using a full-scale environmental chamber for testing large materials and full-scale material systems/assemblies.

    5.2 While this practice is developed for measuring VOC emissions, the chamber facilities and methods of evaluation presented in this practice are also useful for a variety of purposes including: (1) testing the emissions during the application process (for example, painting), or other related sources; (2) developing scaleup methods (for example, from small chamber results to a full-scale scenario); (3) studying the interaction between sources and sinks, and validating source/sink models which are the basis for IAQ prediction; (4) testing interactions between source emissions and other compounds in the air (for example, NOx, ozone, SOx); and (5) evaluating the performance of air cleaning devices intended to remove contaminants from indoor air.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice is intended for determining volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from materials and products (building materials, material systems, furniture, consumer products, etc.) and equipment (printers, photocopiers, air cleaners, etc.) under environmental and product usage conditions that are typical of those found in office and residential buildings.

    1.2 This practice is for identifying VOCs emitted and determining their emission rates over a period of time.

    1.3 This practice describes the design, construction, performance evaluation, and use of full-scale chambers for VOC emission testing.

    1.4 While this practice is limited to the measurement of VOC emissions, many of the general principles and procedures (such as methods for evaluating the general performance of the chamber system) may also be useful for the determination of other chemical emissions (for example, ozone, nitrogen dioxide). Determination of aerosol and particle emissions is beyond the scope of this document.

    1.5 Values stated in the International System of Units (SI) are to be regarded as the standard.

    1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D1356 Terminology Relating to Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheres

    D1914 Practice for Conversion Units and Factors Relating to Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheres

    D3686 Practice for Sampling Atmospheres to Collect Organic Compound Vapors (Activated Charcoal Tube Adsorption Method)

    D5116 Guide for Small-Scale Environmental Chamber Determinations of Organic Emissions from Indoor Materials/Products

    D5197 Test Method for Determination of Formaldehyde and Other Carbonyl Compounds in Air (Active Sampler Methodology)

    D5466 Test Method for Determination of Volatile Organic Chemicals in Atmospheres (Canister Sampling Methodology)

    D6196 Practice for Selection of Sorbents, Sampling, and Thermal Desorption Analysis Procedures for Volatile Organic Compounds in Air

    D6345 Guide for Selection of Methods for Active, Integrative Sampling of Volatile Organic Compounds in Air

    D7706 Practice for Rapid Screening of VOC Emissions from Products Using Micro-Scale Chambers

    E741 Test Method for Determining Air Change in a Single Zone by Means of a Tracer Gas Dilution

    E779 Test Method for Determining Air Leakage Rate by Fan Pressurization

    E1333 Test Method for Determining Formaldehyde Concentrations in Air and Emission Rates from Wood Products Using a Large Chamber

    IEEE/ASTM SI-10 Standard for Use of the International System of Units (SI): The Modern Metric System

    Other Documents

    ACGIH2012 (American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists), Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) for Chemical Substances and Physical Agents and Biological Exposure Indices. Cincinnati, OH

    ASHRAE2010a,ASHRAE62 Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers. Atlanta, GA.

    ASHRAE2010b,ASHRAE62 Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Atlanta, GA.

    CMEIAQ1999a A Method for Sampling and Analysis of Volatile Organic Compounds in Emission Testing of Building Materials. Final Report 1.1 Consortium for Material Emissions and Indoor Air Quality, Institute for Research in Construction, National Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Canada

    CMEIAQ1999b Models for Predicting Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions from Building Materials. Final Report 3.1 Consortium for Material Emissions and Indoor Air Quality, Institute for Research in Construction, National Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Canada

    ECA-IAQ(EuropeanColl Indoor Air Quality and Its Impact on Man, 1997. Total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs) in indoor air quality investigations. Report No. 19. EUR 17675 EN. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Community

    ISO14644-1:1999 Cleanrooms and Associated Controlled Environments--Part 1: Classification of Air Cleanliness

    U.S.EPA Compendium of Methods for Determination of Toxic Organic Compounds in Ambient Air, Report EPA-600/4-89/017 available through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161; PB90-116989. This report contains TO-17

    WorldHealthOrganizat Indoor Air Quality: Organic Pollutants, EURO Reports and Studies No. 111, World Health Organization, Copenhagen, pp. 1-64


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.040.20 (Ambient atmospheres)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 77121504(Air pollution monitoring or measurement services)


    DOI: 10.1520/D6670-13

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