Indiana Adopts Low VOC Paint Standards

On October 1, 2011, Indiana joined several other states in adopting the Ozone Transport Commission Model of restricting the emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from paints and other coatings. While the regulations can be seen as being restrictive to paint manufacturers and contractors, adoption of a standard is welcomed by many in the painting industry

While the use of older style oil based and high VOC latex paints are no longer available to the industry, use of these paints has long been diminishing. The newer, low VOC paints coming on the market are easier to use and better performing. Traditionally, oil based paints have been favored for their self leveling properties and toughness. The quality of oil based paints has lowered in the last few years as manufacturers put their efforts into maintaining environmental standards while putting their research efforts and funding into improving their low VOC products.

DIY painters who have largely gone over to Low VOC products already are likely to not even notice that the regulations are even in place. Both professionals and DIY painters have already come to appreciate the handling characteristics of the water based Low VOC paints as well as their greater durability. Washable interior latex paints are not uncommon, and exterior latex paints have been shown to hold up to harsh weather for many years.

As many as six different VOC standards exist through out the US, including the Ozone Transport Commission Model which Indiana follows, the Federal EPA standard, and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Standard. Industry generally welcomes Indiana’s adoption of OTC Standards as giving them a workable standard to maintain. Generally a paint coating is considered Low VOC if it is limited to 50 grams per liter of VOC in field applications.

Heartland Painting is pleased to use coating materials that meet of exceed the standard, and continues to be a responsible member of our community, working to lead in coating technology and environmental sensitivity.

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