Minimize building occupant exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) mold growth and improve indoor air quality with proper material selections.
Projects are to follow the following minimum indoor material requirements:
- No vapor impermeable wall coverings
- Low VOC paints and finishes
Include maximum VOC emission limits for paints, stains and sealer products in Construction Documents and ensure that site-applied products do not exceed the below specified maximum VOC limits (as referenced by SCAQMD Rule 1168).
|Product Type||VOC Limit|
|Flat Topcoat Paint||50 g/L|
|Non-flat Topcoat Paint||50 g/L|
|Anti-corrosive Paints & Primers||100 g/L|
|Waterproof Sealer||100 g/L|
Note: VOC thresholds for paints, stains and sealers apply only those used on the interior of the building.
Low-VOC adhesives (less than 100 g/L)
Carpet adhesive, carpet pad adhesive, wood flooring adhesive, rubber floor adhesive, subfloor adhesive, duct mastic, fireproofing mastic, ceramic tile adhesive, Vinyl composition tile (VCT) adhesive, drywall and panel adhesive, cove base adhesive, and multipurpose construction adhesive
Mold Resistant Materials (wet areas only)
Specify mold resistant gypsum board for all “wet walls” (any wall that contains structural plumbing) in all wet areas.
- For example, paperless gypsum products, PURPLE® drywall
- Not compliant: water resistant “greenboard”
- Construction documents must indicate material selections
- Provide Safety Data Sheets(s) (SDS) for site-applied paints, stains and sealers as well as site applied adhesives
Green Seal, GS-11 Standard for Paints and Coatings (Third Edition) and GS-47 Standard for Stains and Finishes www.greenseal.org
South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), Rule 1168 Adhesive and Sealant Applications (Amended January 7, 2005) www.aqmd.gov