Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals emitted as gases from certain solids and liquids, including architectural and industrial maintenance coatings. VOCs are the leading cause of ground-level air pollution and indoor air pollution, which can adversely impact the health of building occupants.
This course will examine the importance of indoor air quality and how it is impacted by VOCs. We will discuss how VOCs are regulated at both the federal and state level, including exemptions, classifications, and how these regulations affect Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) Coatings. There are new regulations on the horizon that you should be aware of, as coating manufacturers work to develop products that achieve a balance between important performance and application factors and their environmental ramifications. The course will also explore coating technologies that already meet strict VOC standards.
- Examine what volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are and how they impact indoor air quality.
- Understand the importance of indoor air quality, and green building standards that aim to improve occupant health and wellness through better air quality.
- Review how VOCs are regulated at both the federal and state level.
- Explore coating technologies that meet strict VOC standards through several case studies.