Dubai Central Lab VOC tests failed by 22% samples

Dubai Central Lab's Eng Ali Ahmed Elian said that 22% of the samples provided for third-party certifications do not comply with Dubai Municipality standards

22% of samples tested for VOCs at Dubai Central Laboratory do not comply with Dubai Municipality standards. [Representational image]
22% of samples tested for VOCs at Dubai Central Laboratory do not comply with Dubai Municipality standards. [Representational image]

Up to 22% of paints and solvent samples tested at Dubai Central Laboratory do not comply with Dubai Municipality standards.

This information was revealed by Eng Ali Ahmed Elian, head of Dubai Central Laboratory's engineering materials section. 

Speaking at a seminar recently hosted by Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), Elian outlined the municipal body's regulations on existing test facilities and its schemes to register products based on their volatile organic compound (VOC) content. 

Elian pointed out that while industry stakeholders test their products for VOCs in-house, around 22% of the samples provided for third-party certification at the Central Lab are found to be not compliant with the Dubai Municipality standards.

Panelists at EmiratesGBC's seminar also explained that profit-making remains a key factor hindering contractors and owners on their path to sustainability.

Furthermore, some manufacturers are reluctant to enter the ‘green’ market because of the costs and processes to have their products tested and certified, which can be high and stringent, and come with a risk of failing.

 

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