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Volatile Organic Compound (VOC)

Carbon compounds that participate in atmospheric photochemical reactions (excluding carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, metallic carbides and carbonates, and ammonium carbonate). The compounds become a gas at normal room temperatures and degrade indoor air quality.  VOCs can be found in paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants and other finish materials.

Whole Building Systems

  • IEQ - Low-emitting Materials

    Building materials, such as paints, sealants, adhesives, office equipment and furnishings, can emit invisible, odorous, and potentially harmful gass...

  • IEQ - Green Tips

    Limit the use of products containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Specify low or no-VOC alternatives.

  • IEQ - LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors (v4)

    Low-emitting materials that give off little to no harmful chemicals, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), are promoted in LEED for Interior De...

Materials

  • Paints and Coatings

    Paints and coatings provide an aesthetically appealing atmosphere for a commercial setting. Paints and coatings should contain low or no VOCs to m...
  • Fabric Wrapped Panels

    Fabric wall panels are typically made of a composite wood core (particleboard, MDF, plywood, etc) covered in fabric such as hemp or organic cotton.
  • Compost

    Composting is the collection of organic food waste that can be used for fertilizer or soil enrichment once the food items biodegrade. Many types of...
  • Casework / Millwork

    Select casework and millwork that have sustainable attributes such as rapidly renewable, recycled content and sustainably managed forest materia...