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Low-VOC or zero-VOC refers to paints and other products such as sealants, adhesives, and cleaners, that have a very low or no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). The pigment in conventional paints is held together by binding agents containing VOCs, chemicals that can cause various health problems, including nausea, tremors and headaches. VOCs from conventional paints are released into the air and often leave a strong “toxic” odor. Low-VOC and zero-VOC products have much lower VOC content than conventional paints and can contribute to the LEED rating system.

Low-VOC is a general term that defines a broad spectrum of VOC contents that are significantly less than those of conventional products. When choosing a low-VOC paint, it is important to check the label for the exact VOC content. You might prefer zero-VOC paints that have virtually no VOC content (typically less than 5 grams per liter).


Learn more about using low-VOC paints in your home.


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