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Paints & Coatings

Covers sealers, stains, clear wood finishes, floor sealers and coatings, waterproofing sealers, primers, flat paints and coatings, non-flat paints and coatings, and rust preventative coatings:

Minimum Standard: Meet the applicable VOC content requirements of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2007, Suggested Control Measure (SCM) for Architectural Coatings, or the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1113, effective June 3, 2011.

Enhanced Standard: Must be tested for emissions of VOCs of concern per the CDPH Standard Method V1.2, 2017, modeled to the school classroom scenario using applicable product coverage areas. 

Flooring Systems

Covers resilient flooring and carpet systems, including carpet with or without an integral cushion, carpet with an integral adhesive system, and separate cushion; resilient flooring; wood flooring; ceramic tile flooring; other mineral-based flooring (either natural or manmade) without any organic component; and concrete flooring. Excludes ceramic tile, organic-free mineral-based flooring, and concrete flooring:

Minimum Standard: Must be tested for emissions of VOCs of concern per the CDPH Standard Method V1.2, 2017, modeled to the school classroom scenario.

Composite Wood

Covers finished building products (cupboards, countertops, etc.) defined as composite wood by CARB, including composite core and veneer core hardwood plywood (HWPW, particleboard (PB), medium density fiberboard (MDF), and thin MDF. The Enhanced Standard also covers agrifiber products:

Minimum Standard: Meet the applicable ATCM Phase 2 formaldehyde emission standards.

Enhanced Standard: Must either 1) be manufactured with no-added formaldehyde (NAF) based resins, or 2) be manufactured with ultra-low emitting formaldehyde (ULEF) resins and meet the appropriate emission requirements in the ATCM for NAF and ULEF products. All agrifiber products must be manufactured with NAF based resins.

Adhesives & Sealants

Covers carpet, resilient and wood flooring adhesives; base cove adhesives; ceramic tile adhesives; drywall and panel adhesives; aerosol adhesives; adhesive primers; acoustical sealants; fire stop sealants; HVAC duct sealants, sealant primers; and caulks. Excludes structural adhesives. Sealers including concrete floor sealers and other waterproofing sealers are treated under Paints & Coatings:

Enhanced Standard: Meet the VOC content requirements in the applicable category of South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1168, Adhesive and Sealant applications, amended January 2005.