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VOC Regulation Laws

Green building VOC regulations are changing faster than ever before and it can be confusing to stay on top of it all. Below you will find a list of current as well as future* VOC regulated states and LEED’s VOC Regulation Guide.

Commercial & Consumer Commercial & Consumer VOC regulations as of 2009: CA, CT, DE, MD, NJ, RI
   Nationwide EPA regulations expected
2010States with Consumer VOC regulations as of 2009: CA, CT, DC, DE, IL, ME, MD, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VA (Northern Counties)
States with Pending Consumer VOC regulations as of 2010: IN
Pending VOC Laws States with Pending Commercial VOC regulations as of 2010: DC, MA, NY, PA

Commercial vs Consumer Rules

  Commercial affects products greater than 16 ounces
Consumer affects products 16 ounces or less
*These are tentative dates set forth by the individual state and could change.


LEED VOC Regulation Guide


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Program

  LEED Green Building Standard 189  

LEED is a building rating system that requires the use of a consultant to help rate a building project for one of four levels of certification (Platinum, Gold, Silver or Certified). LEED offers programs in several areas of building, both commercial and residential Rating systems & guidelines can be downloaded from www.usgbc.org.


LEED Credits - Under the LEED-NC for New Construction and Major Renovations

Credit 4.1 Low Emitting Materials under the Indoor Environmental Quality Credit (Must pass the VOC limits of California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District Rule #1168) 1 Point.

Credit 5.1 Regional Materials under the
Local/Regional Materials Credit (Must have at least 20% of building materials and products manufactured within 500 miles of building or component assembly) 1 Point.

  Release date April 2009
  Building types Commercial
  Rating system LEED Rating System
  Adhesive sizes affected All sizes
  Adhesive regulation California South Coast Air Quality Management District (scaqmd)
  Construction Adhesives
max. VOC limit
Multi-Purpose 70 g/L
Subfloor & Panel 50 g/L
  Wood Glues
max. VOC limit
30 g/L
  Contact Cements
max. VOC limit
80 g/L
  Flooring Adhesives
max. VOC limit
100 g/L
  Caulks & Sealants
max. VOC limit
250 g/L
  Do all PROvantage products meet LEED’s requirements and VOC-compliant in all 50 states?



Organization Website: www.usgbc.org

Download VOC Law Information




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