An in-depth assessment process
Products are assessed based on various characteristics and divided into five classes: A, B, C+, C- and D.
A comprises products that:
- have minimal impact on health or the environment linked to PRIO properties, according to the Swedish Chemicals Agency (e.g. carcinogenic, endocrine-disrupting and allergenic substances)
- are not classified as hazardous to health or the environment at the construction stage
- do not adversely affect the indoor environment through excessive emissions of volatile organic compounds
- contribute minimally to smog formation
- do not emit excessive levels of formaldehyde (according to the E1 standard)
- have minimal impact on natural resources and contribute less to landfill
- have a long technical life (for selected product groups)
- do not risk contributing to unsustainable forestry
- do not have insufficient transparency about the content of the product.
B comprises products that do not qualify for A but do not match the criteria for C+ or C-.
C+ comprises products that risk exposing workers, nearby communities and the environment to particularly hazardous substances from the manufacture of polymers.
C- comprises products that:
- may lead to exposure to substances with ‘PRIO’ properties (e.g. carcinogenic, endocrine-disrupting and allergenic)
- may lead to exposure to substances with other toxic properties
- may adversely affect the indoor environment through excessive emissions of volatile organic compounds
- contribute significantly to smog formation through emissions of volatile organic compounds
- contain or have been produced from substances that, if released in very small quantities, can have a significant impact on the climate
- risk contributing to unsustainable forestry
These are products that have insufficient documentation to be assessed.
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