Absence of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)/Formaldehyde

All building and decoration products used inside buildings must be tested for VOC and formaldehyde emissions.

What are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)?

VOCs, including formaldehyde, are Volatile organic compounds.

In the interior environment of buildings, sources of VOC and formaldehyde emissions are numerous and range from sources of combustion (tobacco, candles, incense, fireplaces, etc.) to building and decoration products (plywood, glued products in strips, etc.) via cleaning products (detergents, disinfectants, etc.) and cosmetic products (nail varnish, nail hardeners, etc.).

As VOCs have low molecular weight, they can become gaseous in ambient temperatures. In this form, certain VOCs and especially formaldehyde have a long term impact on human health (especially on the lungs and respiratory system). This is why France issued a decree and a ministerial order on 19 April 2011 concerning the “labelling of building and cladding products, paints and varnishes, stipulating their emission of volatile pollutants”

This decree provides that all building and decoration products used inside buildings and covered by the scope of the ministerial order must have been tested for VOC and formaldehyde emissions and feature a label stipulating the result of this test.

The level of emission of each substance is classified from the lowest to the highest rate: from class A+ to class C. These classes correspond to the ranges of exposure concentrations expressed in µg/m3 and emitted into the atmosphere of a test room after 28 days. Formaldehyde for example must be lower than 120 µg/m3 for class C and than 10 µg/m3 for class A+.

A+ classification of the VMZINC interior solution

All VMZINC including VMZINC and STRAT which is covered with a thin organic coating, is covered by the scope of the French decree of 19 April 2011.

Awarded the A+ grade, VMZINC used on internal applications is a solution that is especially respectful of the interior air of buildings.

Ease of disassembly

VMZINC solutions can be disassembled more or less easily according to the type of system.


An Environmental Product Declaration is an internationally recognised document containing environmental information on a building product.

Surface Finishes

VMZINC is an elegant partner for many building materials. Available in 10 pre-weathered finishes as well as mill finish Natural Zinc. Highly flexible, malleable and durable. Zinc can be embossed, perforated and incorporate texture helping to create imaginative designs