An inter-laboratory comparison study of the ANSI/BIFMA standard test method M7.1 for furniture

Jensen Zhang, Mark Mason, Alfred Hodgson, Beverly Guo, Ken Krebs, Alpha Barry, Ben Peters

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Abstract

Five laboratories using five different test chambers participated in the study to quantify within- and between-laboratory variability in the measurement of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from new commercial furniture test items following ANSI/BIFMA M7.1. Test items were wood framed chairs produced as a single lot. Within- and between-lab relative standard deviations were determined for the sampling and analysis procedure, measured emission factors at days 3 and 7, and predicted emission factors at day 14 by power-law model. Results obtained were comparable to the lower bound of uncertainty ranges in previous round-robin studies of VOC emissions for individual dry materials. The study also identified areas for improvement of the test method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event9th International Healthy Buildings Conference and Exhibition, HB 2009 - Syracuse, NY, United States
Duration: Sep 13 2009Sep 17 2009

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Other9th International Healthy Buildings Conference and Exhibition, HB 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySyracuse, NY
Period9/13/099/17/09

Keywords

  • Emission test method
  • IAQ
  • Office furniture
  • Volatile organic compound (VOC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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    Zhang, J., Mason, M., Hodgson, A., Guo, B., Krebs, K., Barry, A., & Peters, B. (2009). An inter-laboratory comparison study of the ANSI/BIFMA standard test method M7.1 for furniture. Paper presented at 9th International Healthy Buildings Conference and Exhibition, HB 2009, Syracuse, NY, United States.