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LEED v2009
Commercial Interiors
Indoor Environmental Quality

Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants

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CI-2009 IEQc4.1: Low-emitting materials - adhesives and sealants 1 point

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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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You may use the LEED v4 version of this credit on v2009 projects. For more information check out this article.
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© Copyright U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. All rights reserved.

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

Credit substitution available
You may use the LEED v4 version of this credit on v2009 projects. For more information check out this article.

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Is there a shortcut to the VOC budget method if you have just one product that is used minimally on a project?

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Do products applied to the weather barrier need to comply with VOC thresholds?

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How do I determine what application my product falls under?

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How is VOC % less water determined for aerosol adhesives?

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Do grout and caulking need to be included, and if so, what is the application category?

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Our project didn't use some common adhesive types, and our LEED reviewer asked about this. Are we supposed to justify not using certain adhesives in our documentation?

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