Low Level VOC Standards
Paints used for indoors have different sets of allowable levels of measurements, compared to those used for exterior purposes. Green Seal’s objective for these different sets of standards is to protect the quality of indoor air since the presence of VOCs in confined spaces pose greater health risks to home dwellers.
The only drawback to low VOC paints is the limiting of paint color options within the light-to-medium range.
Nonetheless, the following are the standards set by Green Seal as low level VOC content in paints, to ensure that the hazardous chemicals are kept at tolerable levels. The figures indicated are the amount of VOC content allowed and expressed in terms of grams per liter.
Flat Topcoat - 50 g/L
Non-Flat Topcoat - 100 g/L
Primer or Undercoat -100 g/L
Floor Paint -100 g/L
Anti Corrosive Coating -250 g/L
Reflective Wall Coating - 50 g/L
Reflective Roof Coating -100 g/L
VOC Level at the Point of Sale
Flat Topcoat with added colorant - 100 g/L
Non-Flat Topcoat with added colorant - 150 g/L
Primer or Undercoat with added colorant - 150 g/L
Floor Paint with added colorant - 150 g/L
Anti Corrosive Coating with added colorant - 300 g/L
Reflective Wall Coating with added colorant - 100 g/L
Reflective Roof Coating with added colorant -150 g/L
Paints and coatings with Green Seal approval means the manufacturer's product has passed the testing and certification requirements for environmentally safe consumer goods.