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LEED v2009
Schools
Indoor Environmental Quality

Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings

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Schools-2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings

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What are the VOC limits for primers? They seem to be listed in both GS-11 and SCAQMD Rule 1113.

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The standards referenced for this credit have been updated since those listed in the LEED Reference Guide – does our project need to follow the latest SCAQMD Rules and Green Seal editions, or the ones listed in the reference guide?

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What are the VOC limits for primers? They seem to be listed in both GS-11 and SCAQMD Rule 1113.

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How should graphic arts paint or coatings be categorized?

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The standards referenced for this credit have been updated since those listed in the LEED Reference Guide – does our project need to follow the latest SCAQMD Rules and Green Seal editions, or the ones listed in the reference guide?

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How should handheld aerosol spray paints be handled?

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Brent Ehrlich

BuildingGreen
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