Real Wood Floors: Finish Contributes to Green Flooring
Wood floor finishes contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are gases emitted from the finish that may have adverse health effects on humans. To limit human exposure to VOCs, the state of
In general, CARB regulations are the most restrictive in
As an example, substances classified as varnishes, which includes both oil-modified and water-based finishes, currently have a national VOC limit set at 450 grams per liter. OTC states place more stringent standards, establishing a ratio of 350 grams per liter, while CARB standards are even more stringent at 275 grams per liter. Although many areas have not yet established VOC compliance legislation, implementation dates have been established through 2012 for many areas. A complete list of regulatory dates is available on the National Wood Flooring Association’s web site at www.nwfa.org.
The NWFA is a not-for-profit trade organization of more than 3,700 wood flooring professionals working worldwide to educate consumers, architects, designers, and builders in the uses and benefits of wood flooring. The NWFA can be contacted at 111 Chesterfield Industrial Blvd.,
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SOURCE National Wood Flooring Association