Home | About us | What we do | Sectors | Contact us | Careers | Travel to BRE | News & Information | Services A-Z | Login

Air quality surveys, measurements and material emissions testing

BRE's analytical services, test methods standards and facilities.

UKAS Accreditation 0578


See the complete BRE UKAS Accreditation Schedule (on the UKAS website)

Test Standard Standard Details/Tests
Air Quality Measurements - short term (peak) and long term (average)
BS EN ISO 16000-3: 2001 formaldehyde and other carbonyls in air by pumped sampling
BS EN ISO 16000-4: 2004 Diffusive sampling of formaldehyde in air
EN ISO 16000-6 VOCs in air by active sampling
BS EN 16017-2: 2003 VOCs - Indoor, ambient and workplace air by passive sampling
SVOCs and particulates  documented in house methods
NOx, CO, CO2, hydrocarbons real time monitoring
Test Methods
BS EN ISO 16000-10: 2006 Emission cell
BS EN ISO 11890-2: 2006 VOC content of paints (decorative paint directive 2004/42/CE)
Analytical Facilities
Thermal desorption Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (TD/GC/MS) For very volatile organic compounds (VVOCs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and semi volatile organic compounds (SVOCs)
High pressure liquid chromatography For SVOCs, formaldehyde and other carbonyls
High performance ion chromatography For inorganic ions and organic acids
Real time monitors Including VOCs, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide (NOx), particulates (PM10), hydrocarbons
  Test Chamber Facilities
1m3 environmental test chambers For testing release from building, vehicle, furniture and consumer products
Micro chambers and emission cell (FLEC)  For surface emission and small sample investigations
Room sized chambers For testing complete product assemblies, air cleaners, emissions in 'real' environments, personal exposure to chemicals
Bespoke chambers  For producing standard atmospheres, validating methods and interaction of materials and products