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Finish materials shall comply with Sections A5.504.4.1 through A5.504.4.5.
A5.504.8.1 Adhesives, Sealants and Caulks
Adhesives, sealants and caulks used on the project shall meet the requirements of the following standards:
  1. Adhesives, adhesive bonding primers, adhesive primers, sealants, sealant primers and caulks shall comply with local or regional air pollution control or air quality management district rules where applicable or SCAQMD Rule 1168 VOC limits, as shown in Tables A5.504.8.1 and A5.504.8.2. Such products also shall comply with the Rule 1168 prohibition on the use of certain toxic compounds (chloroform, ethylene dichloride, methylene chloride, perchloroethylene and trichloroethylene), except for aerosol products as specified in Subsection 2, below.
  2. Aerosol adhesives and smaller unit sizes of adhesives and sealant or caulking compounds (in units of product, less packaging, which do not weigh more than one pound and do not consist of more than 16 fluid ounces) shall comply with statewide VOC standards and other requirements, including prohibitions on use of certain toxic compounds, of California Code of Regulations, Title 17, commencing with Section 94507.
    Note: Title 17 may be found at http://ccr.oal.ca.gov/.
ADHESIVE VOC LIMIT1,2 Less Water and Less Exempt Compounds in Grams per Liter
ARCHITECTURAL APPLICATIONSCURRENT VOC LIMIT
Indoor carpet adhesives50
Carpet pad adhesives50
Outdoor carpet adhesives150
Wood flooring adhesive100
Rubber floor adhesives60
Subfloor adhesives50
Ceramic tile adhesives65
VCT and asphalt tile adhesives50
Drywall and panel adhesives50
Cove base adhesives50
Multipurpose construction adhesives70
Structural glazing adhesives100
Single-ply roof membrane adhesives250
Other adhesive not specifically listed50
SPECIALTY APPLICATIONS
PVC welding510
CPVC welding490
ABS welding325
Plastic cement welding250
Adhesive primer for plastic550
Contact adhesive80
Special purpose contact adhesive250
Structural wood member adhesive140
Top and trim adhesive250
SUBSTRATE SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS
Metal to metal30
Plastic foams50
Porous material (except wood)50
Wood30
Fiberglass80
  1. If an adhesive is used to bond dissimilar substrates together the adhesive with the highest VOC content shall be allowed.
  2. For additional information regarding methods to measure the VOC content specified in this table, see South Coast Air Quality Management District Rule 1168, http://www.arb.ca.gov/DRDB/SC/CURHTML/R1168.PDF.
SEALANT VOC LIMIT Less Water and Less Exempt Compounds in Grams per Liter
SEALANTSCURRENT VOC LIMIT
Architectural250
Marine deck760
Nonmembrane roof300
Roadway250
Single-ply roof membrane450
Other420
SEALANT PRIMERS
Architectural
  Nonporous250
  Porous775
Modified bituminous500
Marine deck760
Other750
Note: For additional information regarding methods to measure the VOC content specified in these tables, see South Coast Air Quality Management District Rule 1168: http://www.arb.ca.gov/DRDB/SC/CURHTML/R1168.PDF.
A5.504.8.3 Paints and Coatings
Architectural paints and coatings shall comply with VOC limits in Table 1 of the ARB Architectural Coatings Suggested Control Measure, as shown in Table A5.504.8.3, unless local limits apply. The VOC content limit for coatings that do not meet the definitions for the specialty coatings categories listed in Table A5.504.8.3, shall be determined by classifying the coating as a Flat, Nonflat or Nonflat-High Gloss coating, based on its gloss, as defined in Subsections 4.21, 4.36 and 4.37 of the 2007 California Air Resources Board, Suggested Control Measure and the corresponding Flat, Nonflat or Non-flat-High Gloss VOC limit in Table A5.504.8.3 shall apply.
VOC CONTENT LIMITS FOR ARCHITECTURAL COATINGS2, 3 Grams of VOC Per Liter of Coating, Less Water and Less Exempt Compounds
COATING CATEGORYEFFECTIVE 1/1/2010EFFECTIVE 1/1/2012
Flat coatings50
Nonflat coatings100
Nonflat-high gloss coatings150
Specialty coatings
Aluminum roof coatings400
Basement specialty coatings400
Bituminous roof coatings50
Bituminous roof primers350
Bond breakers350
Concrete curing compounds350
Concrete/masonry sealers100
Driveway sealers50
Dry fog coatings150
Faux finishing coatings350
Fire-resistive coatings350
Floor coatings100
Form-release compounds250
Graphic arts coatings (sign paints)500
High-Temperature coatings420
Industrial maintenance coatings250
Low solids coatings1120
Magnesite cement coatings450
Mastic texture coatings100
Metallic pigmented coatings500
Multicolor coatings250
Pretreatment wash primers420
Primers, sealers and undercoaters100
Reactive penetrating sealers350
Recycled coatings250
Roof coatings50
Rust preventative coatings400250
Shellacs:
  Clear730
  Opaque550
Specialty primers, sealers and undercoaters350100
Stains250
Stone consolidants450
Swimming pool coatings340
Traffic marking coatings100
Tub and tile refinish coatings420
Waterproofing membranes250
Wood coatings275
Wood preservatives350
Zinc-rich primers340
  1. Grams of VOC Per liter of coating, including water and including exempt compounds.
  2. The specified limits remain in effect unless revised limits are listed in subsequent columns in the table.
  3. Values in this table are derived from those specified by the California Air Resources Board, Architectural Coatings Suggested Control Measure, February 1, 2008. More information is available at Air Resources Board.
A5.504.8.3.1 Aerosol Paints and Coatings
Aerosol paints and coatings shall meet the Product-Weighted MIR Limits for ROC in Section 94522(a)(3) and other requirements, including prohibitions on use of certain toxic compounds and ozone depleting substances, in Sections 94522(c)(2) and (d)(2) of California Code of Regulations, Title 17, commencing with Section 94520; and in areas under the jurisdiction of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District additionally comply with the percent VOC by weight of product limits of Regulation 8 Rule 49.
A5.504.8.3.2 Verification
Verification of compliance with this section shall be provided at the request of the enforcing agency. Documentation may include, but is not limited to, the following:
  1. Manufacturers product specification.
  2. Field verification of on-site product containers.
A5.504.8.4 Carpet Systems
All carpet installed in the building interior shall meet the testing and product requirements of one of the following:
  1. Carpet and Rug Institute's Green Label Plus Program.
  2. California Department of Public Health Standard Practice for the testing of VOCs (Specification 01350).
  3. NSF/ANSI 140 at the Gold level.
  4. Scientific Certifications Systems Sustainable Choice.
A5.504.8.4.1 Carpet Cushion
All carpet cushion installed in the building interior shall meet the requirements of the Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label program.
A5.504.8.4.2 Carpet Adhesive
All carpet adhesive shall meet the requirements of Table A5.504.8.1.
A5.504.8.5 Composite Wood Products
Hardwood plywood, particleboard and medium density fiberboard composite wood products used on the interior or exterior of the building shall meet the requirements for formaldehyde as specified in ARB's Air Toxics Control Measure for Composite Wood (17 CCR 93120 et seq.), by or before the dates specified in those sections, as shown in Table A5.504.8.5
FORMALDEHYDE LIMITS1
ProductCurrent LimitJan 1, 2012July 1, 2012
Hardwood plywood veneer core0.05
Hardwood plywood composite core0.080.05
Particle board0.09
Medium density fiberboard0.11
Thin medium density fiberboard20.21.13
  1. Values in this table are derived from those specified by the California Air Resources Board, Air Toxics Control Measure for Composite Wood as tested in accordance with ASTM E1333-96 (2002). For additional information, see California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Sections 93120 through 93120.12.
  2. Thin medium density fiberboard has a maximum thickness of eight millimeters.
A5.504.8.5.2 Documentation
Verification of compliance with this section shall be provided as requested by the enforcing agency. Documentation shall include at least one of the following:
  1. Product certifications and specifications.
  2. Chain of custody certifications.
  3. Other methods acceptable to the enforcing agency.

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