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VOCs and you

The biggest environmental issue facing the paint industry today is that of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions and the effect that the solvents contained in paints have on the air we breathe. In the regulations VOCs are 'solvents' that have a boiling point below 250C at standard atmospheric pressure.

VOCs are emitted from many sources including fuels, numerous industrial operations and household products such as cleaning agents, cosmetics, aerosols and paints. They can accelerate the rate nitrogen oxides (from combustion processes) react with sunlight to create low level ozone and photochemical smog.

Even though less than 3% of all man-made VOCs in Europe (and less than 1% in the UK) come from decorative paint, we have long implemented a voluntary industry agreement for carrying out VOC reductions in products and for displaying VOC content information on product labels. This is to encourage customers to choose products with lower VOC content, but extensive R&D work since the mid-1980s means the products we supply are still meeting end user needs. For example, our Diamond Range of water-based products offers highly durable, long lasting protection a real alternative to solvent-based finishes.

UK legislation, based on EU directive 2004/42/EC is in place and covers coatings applied to buildings, their trim and fittings and associated structures when applied for decorative, functional and protective purposes such as trim products. The paint industry has agreed to use standard terminology, text and categories for all products.

AkzoNobel uses two label formats; the text box panel which forms part of the legislation and also a globe label as initiated by B&Q - this is a voluntary label which AkzoNobel uses on all products:

VOCs and you

Dulux Trade products are now available in BIM format

Dulux Trade paints and woodcare products can now be seamlessly added to your BIM models as BIM objects - and the process couldn't be simpler. Click the button below to go to the NBS National BIM Library, pick your chosen Dulux Trade product and click the button to download it as a BIM object.

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