What are VOC’s?

What are VOC’s?

What are VOC’s?
  • Volatile Organic Compounds. Finish materials can contain toxic compounds (such as formaldehyde) that off-gas into the environment (including paint, carpet, fabric, etc.) and cause health and safety concerns for those exposed (including cancer, asthma, etc.). These conditions can persist for days, weeks, months, and even years after initial installation.
  • example: “New Car Smell”
  • example: “Sick Building Syndrome”
  • Solution: Design with Indoor Air Quality in mind. Specify finishes that are low or zero VOC products (for paint, Benjamin Moore’s Aura, Regal Select, Advance and Natura are great options!).
  • Be sure to check the affect of color tinting on a product’s VOC levels. Color tints can increase VOC’s dramatically, fooling you into thinking you’re using a low VOC product when you aren’t.
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