Why Businesses Need to Use Low VOC Paints
Whether you use paints for the office or in a residential building, it’s important to look at whether the paint your buying is low or high VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds). High VOC paints have been linked with damaging environmental effects as well as adverse health effects in people.
The Problem with High VOC Paints
High VOC paints are known to emit toxic fumes into the atmosphere and have a strong odour when used. Many conventional paints are responsible for occupational disease and the UN International Agency on Research into Cancer (IARC) categorises those who paint for their job as a ‘Hazardous Profession.’ In 2011 the National Environmental Protection Council (NEPC) identified five ‘air toxins’ being benzene, formaldehyde, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, toluene and xylenes. Four of these toxins are found in high VOC paints. To combat the problem of High VOC paints we use low VOC paints for all of our commercial painting jobs.
Why Low VOC?
When you buy paint you’ll find they are either solvent or water-based. If a paint is solvent-based it will likely be high VOC with most coatings containing between 30 and 70% VOCs. However a water-based coating has about 6% VOCs, making them low VOC paints.
Low VOC paints are not only better for humans and the environment, they don’t leave a strong odour which is preferable for commercial jobs.
At Symmetry Commercial we recommend Dulux’s “Enviro” low VOC paint, which we have used for over 25 years. TheDulux Professional EnvirO2 has an extremely low VOC content (less than 1g/L untinted) and has excellent application properties with good washability. The topcoats contain antimould and antibacterial protection which helps prevent the release of mould spores.