Formulating VOC-Compliant Coatings with Exempt Solvents. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are not the only measurement of the impacts on air quality. It has developed the toughest VOC emission limits in the US. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are carbon containing chemicals that vaporize and can enter the body through normal breathing. VOC Compliant. CARB developed and has initiated the use of the Maximum Incremental Reactivity (MIR) value to quantify the propensity of a chemical compound to react in the atmosphere to form ground-level ozone. These laws have forced manufacturers to change the ingredients they use in paints and finishes, and even eliminate some – for example, oil paint and varnish. The table in this link indicates which VOC content limit rule applies for each  Product Category for each AQMD in California. Contact adhesive 80 Special purpose contact 250 Structural wood member 140 Top and trim adhesive 250 SUBSTRAIGHT SPECIFIC APPLICATION … VOC Regulations from US EPA, OTC, CARB, SCAQMD and Environment Canada. Choosing CARB-compliant products and explaining what CARB compliance means can help to put your clients at ease about the hardwood floor installation process. CARB maintains a list of MIR values for thousands of chemical compounds which is available at this link. Table of VOC Limits (Excel) There is sometimes confusion over the terms "VOC regulatory" and "VOC actual" as used by CARB. CARB is implementing significant reductions to the VOC emission limits and MIR values for Aerosol products from 2015 through 2017.  These changes will be summarized in a new section of this website in January, 2015.  CARB has published a comprehensive Staff Report: Initial Statement of Reasons for Proposed RuleMaking which explains the changes and the background for them. 13 Ounce. As you would expect, the regulations regarding VOC compliance are vast, complex, and include a fair amount of gray area. CARB establishes a maximum VOC-content for consumer products sold in California. So if you have the idea of using alcohol (ethanol) as your primary preservative, you may be in violation of VOC rules. They have also done the same with solvents.
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