GEV, Association for the Control of Emissions in Products for Flooring Installation, Adhesives and Building Materials e.V.

People are spending more and more time indoors. As a result, the quality of indoor air and the level of emissions given off by materials installed on walls und floors are becoming increasingly important.


While facades are now being insulated and window joints hermetically sealed, ventilation practices have not kept pace with these technical advances in the building shell. Emissions, particularly those from freshly applied paints and coatings, adhesives, sealing systems and other building materials, can cause concentrations of health-hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the air to attain harmful levels that can persist for days after the materials have been installed.


For this reason, renowned German flooring adhesives manufacturers decided to develop installation adhesives low in emissions and to aggressively promote them in the market. They set up GEV, the "Association for Emission-controlled Installation Materials e.V." to establish a binding groundwork for this endeavour. Recognizing the nees to provide reliable guidance to consumers, professional craftsmen, planners, architects and retailers regarding the low-emission systems and technologies available on the market, EMICODE® was established, a registered, impartial classification system for flooring installation materials, and set up GEV as the licensing and supervisory body for this labelling scheme.


In order to meet the requirements of the market for testing of additional product groups, in 2007 the GEV was renamed "Association for the Control of Emissions in Products for Flooring Installation, Adhesives and Construction Products e.V.".


GEV has since evolved into an internationally recognised institution whose market monitoring function makes a key contribution to consumer protection, occupational health and safety, and environmental protection.

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