There is alot of info regarding "low or no voc" in paint and/or primer. What is the rate per million to qualify for low?

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There is alot of info regarding "low or no voc" in paint and/or primer. What is the rate per million to qualify for low?

Asked by Doug Gillikin

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Andrea Vollf, LEED AP ID+C's picture

Dear Doug, Although some municipalities have became more stringent and lowered the numbers, the current federal VOC limits are set at 250 grams per liter (g/l) for flat paints and 380 g/l for others. If you live in California (not around L.A.) for example, you will have your limits set to 150 g/l for non flat finishes and 100 g/l for flat. If you live around Los Angeles, CA your standards will be based on the California's South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) value which is 50 g/l level for all finishes. I know this can be a little confusing for most of people but according to the Environmental Protection Agency a new standard should be effective date in 2011. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at anytime. Andrea Vollf, LEED AP ID+C Registered Interior Designer