Monday, March 10, 2008

RVIA Adopts New California Formaldehyde Standard for RVs

The RVIA Board of Directors unanimously voted the proposed California Air Resources Board (CARB) formaldehyde emission level standards for wood products to become an RVIA membership requirement with an effective date to be determined at the next Board of Directors meeting on June 12 at Committee Week.

The CARB standard will replace the HUD standard for formaldehyde emission levels adopted earlier this year as a requirement for association membership.

The CARB regulation establishes a new formaldehyde emission standard in two phases for three composite wood products – hardwood plywood, particleboard, and medium density fiberboard – utilized in finished goods or products -- including RVs -- that are offered for sale in California. It is expected that California will issue a final rule authorizing the new regulation this spring.

The first phase of the CARB wood products standard stipulates that veneer core and thin MDF meet an emission level of .08 parts per million by January 1, 2009. Composite core materials must meet the same level by June 1, 2009. Fabricators, which includes RV manufacturers, building products to sell in California, no matter where they are manufactured or assembled, will have until July 1, 2010 to begin using CARB certified wood products.
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