VOC reduction

VOC reduction

Intent: 

To minimize the effect of VOCs in building materials on indoor air quality.

BACKGROUND

Indoor air quality can be degraded significantly by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that off-gas from paints, finishes and other coatings, and also result from the use of cleaning products, air fresheners, personal care products and other materials brought into the building. VOCs include benzene (classified by the EPA as a known human carcinogen), formaldehyde and other chemical compounds, which at high concentrations can lead to irritation of the nose and pharynx, and have been associated with leukemia, childhood asthma and other respiratory disorders. VOC levels can be 5 times higher indoors than outdoors.

Part 1
Interior Paints and Coatings

The VOC limits of newly applied paints and coatings meet one of the following requirements:
b.1
At minimum 90%, by volume, meet the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Standard Method v1.1-2010 for VOC emissions.
c.1
Applicable national VOC content regulations or conduct testing of VOC content in accordance with ASTM D2369-10; ISO 11890, part 1; ASTM D6886-03; or ISO 11890-2.

Part 2
Interior Adhesives and Sealants

The VOC limits of newly applied adhesives and sealants meet one of the following requirements:
a.1
100% of installed products meet South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1168 for VOC content. Volatile organic compound (VOC) limits correspond to an effective date of July 1, 2005 and rule amendment date of January 7, 2005.
b.1
At minimum 90%, by volume, meet the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Standard Method v1.1-2010 for VOC emissions.
c.1
Applicable national VOC content regulations or conduct testing of VOC content in accordance with ASTM D2369-10; ISO 11890, part 1; ASTM D6886-03; or ISO 11890-2.

Part 3
Flooring

The VOC emissions of all newly installed flooring must meet all limits set by the following, as applicable:
a.1
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Standard Method v1.1-2010.

Part 4
Insulation

The VOC emissions of all newly installed thermal and acoustic insulation inside the waterproofing membrane must meet all limits set by the following, as applicable:
a.1
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Standard Method v1.1-2010.

Part 5
Furniture and Furnishings

The VOC emissions of at least 95% (by cost) of all newly purchased furniture and furnishings within the project scope must meet all limits set by the following, as applicable:
a.1
ANSI/BIFMA e3-2011 Furniture Sustainability Standard sections 7.6.1 and 7.6.2, tested in accordance with ANSI/BIFMA Standard Method M7.1-2011.
b.
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Standard Method v1.1-2010.