Question

There is alot of info regarding "low or no voc" in paint and/or primer. What is the rate per million to qualify for low?

Answer

Andrea Vollf, LEED AP ID+C

Answered by Andrea Vollf, LEED AP ID+C

Schaumburg, IL

VK Sustainable Concepts

January 14, 2010

Dear Doug, Although some municipalities have became more stringent and lowered the numbers, the current federal VOC limits are set at 250 grams per liter (g/l) for flat paints and 380 g/l for others. If you live in California (not around L.A.) for example, you will have your limits set to 150 g/l for non flat finishes and 100 g/l for flat. If you live around Los Angeles, CA your standards will be based on the California's South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) value which is 50 g/l level for all finishes. I know this can be a little confusing for most of people but according to the Environmental Protection Agency a new standard should be effective date in 2011. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at anytime. Andrea Vollf, LEED AP ID+C Registered Interior Designer

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