Environmental considerations for paint, sealants, and adhesives


The most important considerations for interior paints is occupant health and performance. It is critical to consider that paint has low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. There is no perfect test right now for emissions from wet-applied products, so the best bet is to make sure it has both low VOC content (under 50 g/L for flat paint), and has met California Section 01350 emissions requirements.ⁱ (The key criteria being content and emissions.) Also, it is important to know that colorants added to base paints should also be low/no VOCs. Lighter colors of paint may have reduced VOCs. Manufacturers usually promote only the levels in base paint. Note: not all of the questions need a Yes answer as some questions cover the same concern in a different manner.


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