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LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors | v3 - LEED 2009

Low-emitting materials - adhesives and sealants

EQc4.1 | Possible 1 point

Intent

To reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of installers and occupants.

Requirements

All adhesives and sealants used on the interior of the building (i.e., inside of the weatherproofing system and applied on-site) must comply with the following requirements as applicable to the project scope1:

  • Adhesives, Sealants and Sealant Primers must comply with South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule #1168. Volatile organic compound (VOC) limits listed in the table below correspond to an effective date of July 1, 2005 and rule amendment date of January 7, 2005.

    Architectural Applications VOC Limit
    (g/L less water)
    Specialty Applications VOC Limit
    (g/L less water)
    Indoor carpet adhesives 50 PVC welding 510
    Carpet pad adhesives 50 CPVC welding 490
    Wood flooring adhesives 100 ABS welding 325
    Rubber floor adhesives 60 Plastic cement welding 250
    Subfloor adhesives 50 Adhesive primer for plastic 550
    Ceramic tile adhesives 65 Contact adhesive 80
    VCT and asphalt adhesives 50 Special purpose contact adhesive 250
    Drywall and panel adhesives 50 Structural wood member adhesive 140
    Cove base adhesives 50 Sheet applied rubber lining operations 850
    Multipurpose construction adhesives 70 Top and trim adhesive 250
    Structural glazing adhesives 100
    Substrate Specific Applications VOC Limit
    (g/L less water)
    Sealants VOC Limit
    (g/L less water)
    Metal to metal 30 Architectural 250
    Plastic foams 50 Roadway 250
    Porous material (except wood) 50 Other 420
    Wood 30
    Fiberglass 80
    Sealant Primers VOC Limit (g/L less water)
    Architectural, nonporous 250
    Architectural, porous 775
    Other 750
    This table excludes adhesives and sealants integral to the water-proofing system or that are not building related.
  • Aerosol Adhesives must comply with Green Seal Standard for Commercial Adhesives GS-36 requirements in
    effect on October 19, 2000.

    Aerosol Adhesives VOC weight (g/L minus water)
    General purpose mist spray 65% VOCs by weight
    General purpose web spray 55% VOCs by weight
    Special purpose aerosol adhesives (all types) 70% VOCs by weight
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