SCAQMD is the Californian South Coast Air Quality Management District, based in Diamond Bar and covering Orange County and parts of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernadino counties.
SCAQMD limitation of VOC content in adhesives, sealants, and architectural coatings has gained importance even outside California because it …
- is referenced by LEED and other sustainable building ranking schemes in the world
- has been kind of model for VOC limitations in other California Districts and in other US States.
Revision of SCAQMD rule 1113 (coatings) has started. As it looks today, main changes will be, among others:
- New categories with VOC limits;
- Lower VOC content limits of some architectural coating categories;
- VOC content limits of previously unregulated colorants used to tint coatings at the point of sale;
- Labeling of VOC content on the cans compulsory from 2014 on.
You can see more information here:
- Overview over revision process
- Draft text with highlighted changes, as of February 2011
- Preliminary report of SCAQMD staff
- Presentation on proposed changes
- Presentation on VOC testing methods
No changes have been proposed for VOC testing method. The significant weaknesses of present testing methodology will continue to be an unsolved issue if this does not change in final version.
Eurofins Product Testing A/S will follow this issue for proposing the most adequate technique.
For more information please see also: www.eurofins.com/scaqmd.