Adhesives, sealants, and caulks used on the project shall meet the requirements of the following standards:
- 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 5.504.4.1 and 5.504.4.2. 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.
- 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.
ADHESIVE VOC LIMIT1,2
Less Water and Less Exempt Compounds in Grams Per Liter
|ARCHITECTURAL APPLICATIONS||CURRENT VOC LIMIT|
|Indoor carpet adhesives||50|
|Carpet pad adhesives||50|
|Outdoor carpet adhesives||150|
|Wood flooring adhesive||100|
|Rubber floor adhesives||60|
|Ceramic tile adhesives||65|
|VCT and asphalt tile adhesives||50|
|Drywall and panel adhesives||50|
|Cove base adhesives||50|
|Multipurpose construction adhesives||70|
|Structural glazing adhesives||100|
|Single-ply roof membrane adhesives||250|
|Other adhesive not specifically listed||50|
|Plastic cement welding||250|
|Adhesive primer for plastic||550|
|Special purpose contact adhesive||250|
|Structural wood member adhesive||140|
|Top and trim adhesive||250|
|SUBSTRATE SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS|
|Metal to metal||30|
|Porous material (except wood)||50|
- If an adhesive is used to bond dissimilar substrates together the adhesive with the highest VOC content shall be allowed.
- 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
|SEALANTS||CURRENT VOC LIMIT|
|Single-ply roof membrane||450|
Note: For additional information regarding methods to measure the VOC content specified in these tables, see South Coast Air Quality Management District Rule 1168.
Architectural paints and coatings shall comply with VOC limits in Table 1 of the ARB Architectural Coatings Suggested Control Measure, as shown in Table 5.504.4.3, unless more stringent local limits apply. The VOC content limit for coatings that do not meet the definitions for the specialty coatings categories listed in Table 5.504.4.3 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 Nonflat-High Gloss VOC limit in Table 5.504.4.3 shall apply.
VOC CONTENT LIMITS FOR ARCHITECTURAL COATINGS2, 3
Grams of VOC per Liter of Coating, Less Water and Less Exempt Compounds
|COATING CATEGORY||CURENT LIMIT|
|Nonflat-high gloss coatings||150|
|Aluminum roof coatings||400|
|Basement specialty coatings||400|
|Bituminous roof coatings||50|
|Bituminous roof primers||350|
|Concrete curing compounds||350|
|Dry fog coatings||150|
|Faux finishing coatings||350|
|Fire resistive coatings||350|
|Graphic arts coatings (sign paints)||500|
|High temperature coatings||420|
|Industrial maintenance coatings||250|
|Low solids coatings1||120|
|Magnesite cement coatings||450|
|Mastic texture coatings||100|
|Metallic pigmented coatings||500|
|Pretreatment wash primers||420|
|Primers, sealers, and undercoaters||100|
|Reactive penetrating sealers||350|
|Rust preventative coatings||250|
|Specialty primers, sealers and undercoaters||100|
|Swimming pool coatings||340|
|Traffic marking coatings||100|
|Tub and tile refinish coatings||420|
- Grams of VOC per liter of coating, including water and including exempt compounds.
- The specified limits remain in effect unless revised limits are listed in subsequent columns in the table.
- 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 from the Air Resources Board.
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:
- Manufacturer’s product specification
- Field verification of on-site product containers
All carpet installed in the building interior shall meet at least one of the following testing and product requirements:
- Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus Program;
- Compliant with the VOC-emission limits and testing requirements specified in the California Department of Public Health Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers, Version 1.1, February 2010 (also known as CDPH Standard Method V1.1 or Specification 01350);
- NSF/ANSI 140 at the Gold level or higher;
- Scientific Certifications Systems Sustainable Choice; or
- Compliant with the Collaborative for High Performance Schools California (CA-CHPS) Criteria Interpretation for EQ 7.0 and EQ 7.1 (formerly EQ 2.2) dated July 2012 and listed in the CHPS High Performance Product Database.
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 (ATCM) for Composite Wood (17 CCR 93120 et seq.) Those materials not exempted under the ATCM must meet the specified emission limits, as shown in Table 5.504.4.5.
FORMALDEHYDE LIMITS1 Maximum Formaldehyde Emissions in Parts per Million
|Hardwood plywood veneer core||0.05|
|Hardwood plywood composite core||0.05|
|Medium density fiberboard||0.11|
|Thin medium density fiberboard2||0.13|
- 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. For additional information, see California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Sections 93120 through 93120.12.
- Thin medium density fiberboard has a maximum thickness of 5/16 inch (8 mm).
Verification of compliance with this section shall be provided as requested by the enforcing agency. Documentation shall include at least one of the following:
- Product certifications and specifications.
- Chain of custody certifications.
- Product labeled and invoiced as meeting the Composite Wood Products regulation (see CCR, Title 17, Section 93120, et seq.).
- Exterior grade products marked as meeting the PS-1 or PS-2 standards of the Engineered Wood Association, the Australian AS/NZS 2269 or European 636 3S standards.
- Other methods acceptable to the enforcing agency.
- Certified under the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) FloorScore program;
- Compliant with the VOC-emission limits and testing requirements specified in the California Department of Public Health’s 2010 Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation Chambers, Version 1.1, February 2010;
- Compliant with the Collaborative for High Performance Schools California (CA-CHPS) Criteria Interpretation for EQ 7.0 and EQ 7.1 (formerly EQ 2.2) dated July 2012 and listed in the CHPS High Performance Product Database; or
- Products certified under UL GREENGUARD Gold (formerly the Greenguard Children’s & Schools Program).
In mechanically ventilated buildings, provide regularly occupied areas of the building with air filtration media for outside and return air that provides at least a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) of 8. MERV 8 filters shall be installed prior to occupancy, and recommendations for maintenance with filters of the same value shall be included in the operation and maintenance manual.
- An ASHRAE 10-percent to 15-percent efficiency filter shall be permitted for an HVAC unit meeting the 2013 California Energy Code having 60,000 Btu/h or less capacity per fan coil, if the energy use of the air delivery system is 0.4 W/ cfm or less at design air flow.
- Existing mechanical equipment.