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Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas. It is widely used to manufacture building materials and numerous household products. Its most significant use in homes is as an adhesive resin in pressed wood products. Formaldehyde is an important industrial chemical used to make other chemicals, building materials, and household products. Building products made with formaldehyde resins can “off-gas” (emit) formaldehyde gas. These products include particle board used as sub-flooring or shelving, fiberboard in cabinets and furniture and plywood wall panels. Some sources that previously contained formaldehyde are either no longer used or have been reformulated to contain less formaldehyde.

Problem description

Formaldehyde affects people in various ways. When present in the air at levels at or above 0.1 ppm, acute health effects can occur including watery eyes; burning sensations in the eyes, nose and throat; nausea; coughing; chest tightness; wheezing; skin rashes; and other irritating effects. The World Health Organization recommends that exposure should not exceed 0.05 ppm. Formaldehyde has caused cancer in laboratory animals and may cause cancer in humans; there is no known threshold level below which there is no threat of cancer. The risk depends upon amount  and duration of exposure.


Compakboards are manufactured using MDI polyurethane as a binding agent which produces a “Zero Formaldehyde” or “Formaldehyde Free” material. This means that Compakboards (E0) have emissions far below the strict E1 European low formaldehyde (LF) standard and the USA (HUD24) standard. Compakboards  are therefore suitable for specification in environmentally sensitive areas such as:

  • Schools;
  • Nurseries, and hospitals;
  • Public buildings and museums;
  • Laboratories and or any Domestic application where the end user has concern for their living environment.