VOCs in Architectural Coatings: A Regulatory Approach Toward Sustainability
Facility Mangers must be aware of the materials being utilized in their buildings and what regulations are in place to protect the health, safety and welfare of the occupants. Regulations include those reducing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from architectural and industrial maintenance coatings, wood coating operations, and vehicle refinishing operations; reducing NOx emissions from power plants; and, reducing particulate matter emissions from hydronic heaters.
1. Understand what is a volatile organic compound (VOC).
2. Learn how are VOCs used in architectural coatings and related building materials.
3. Review what are some of the impacts VOCs have on the environment.
4. Learn what are some of the regulatory requirements related to architectural coatings.