One significant measurement that has become increasingly important in both the building and industrial sectors is the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) contained in a material. VOCs are defined as a variety of chemicals that can be emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids and can have both short-term and long-term adverse health effects.
Just as consumers have become more aware of chemicals in their foods and drinks, VOC regulations have done the same for materials and the impact that VOCs can have on both indoor and outdoor air quality. Studies have found that indoor VOCs can be up to 10 times higher than outdoor.
That can make for a home or workplace that makes you sick. Health effects can include eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, loss of coordination, nausea, organ damage, and cancer.
An example of the types of regulations in place to limit VOCs: Many states require that a roof coating or wall paint have VOCs at or less than 100 grams per liter. In some areas its half that level. You can find a summary of Architectural Coating Rules in California, which includes details on federal US EPA and state CARB guidelines here.
Some common sources of VOCs include:
– Wood preservatives
– Paints and paint strippers
– Cleansers and disinfectants
– Building materials and furnishings
– Glues and adhesives
– Aerosol sprays
– Permanent markets and copier toners
Zero VOC Means Cleaner, Healthier Air
Whether youre in your home or workplace, clean air and a healthy environment is important. This is something we at Syneffex take very seriously, and all our products have always been low VOC from day one.
But we thought, Can we get to zero? We wanted to offer a zero VOC version of our thermal insulating paints for the most sensitive environments and to promote the healthiest buildings and factories. And we did it.