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LEED BD+C: New Construction | v3 - LEED India 2011

Low-emitting materials - paints and coatings

EQc4.2 | Possible 1 point


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.


Paints and coatings used on the interior of the building (i.e., inside the weatherproofing system and applied on-site) must comply with the following criteria as applicable to the project scope31:

  • Architectural paints and coatings applied to interior walls and ceilings must not exceed the volatile organic compound (VOC) limits listed in Tables 1 and 2 in the Reference Guide.
  • Anti-corrosive and anti-rust paints applied to interior ferrous metal substrates must not exceed the VOC content limits below:
  • Clear wood finishes, floor coatings, stains, primers and shellacs applied to interior elements must not exceed the VOC limits listed in Tables 1 and 2 in the Reference Guide.
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