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GREENchoice: Why Build Green?

There are many good reasons to build and remodel green. The most common reasons are improved indoor air quality, energy efficiency, natural resource conservation, and tax breaks.

Improved Indoor Air Quality:


Indoor air quality is directly related to VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that are released into the air during or after construction. VOCs are commonly found in products with high levels of solvents (i.e. Paints & Adhesives). These emissions affect both the construction crew as well as the homeowner. In fact, VOCs may continue to release harmful particulates long after the home is complete. In order to avoid health problems, such as asthma and other respiratory diseases associated with high levels of VOCs, look for products that are solvent free or contain minimal VOCs. More information on health concerns related to poor indoor air quality can be found in the Health & Safety section of our website.



Health and environmental concerns have increased VOC awareness across the world as well as the United States. Many states have set forth VOC limitations in consumer products (16 oz or less) including adhesives and caulks and sealants. States that currently have VOC regulations are: California, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, Michigan and New Hampshire. In addition, many other states across the US are in the process of setting VOC restrictions, so be sure to keep an eye out for your state passing legislation on VOCs.


Below is a guideline for states with consumer product (16 oz or less) VOC restrictions:

Product Category
VOC % by weight
VOC g/L

Construction, Panel, & Floor Covering

15%

~200g/L

Construction, Panel, & Floor Covering (CA ONLY '09)

7%

~100g/L

Caulks & Sealants

4%

~60g/L

General Purpose Adhesives

10%

~120g/L

Contact Cements (General Purpose) - includes 1 gallon

55%

~600g/L

Contact Cements (Special Purpose) - includes 1 gallon

80%

~735g/L


Conservation of Natural Resources:


Green building isn’t just about what comes out of the product (toxic emissions), but also what goes into the products, such as salvaged materials, pre- or post-consumer recycled content, or agricultural waste. Resource conservation also covers products that reduce material use, products that have low maintenance requirements, certified wood products and rapidly renewable resources.



When looking for green building products, it is important to look for products that help us conserve our natural resources – reusing and recycling, as well as being conscious about the sources from which our product are made. For example, look for wood products that are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, which is a third-party certification promoting responsible forest management. In addition, look for products that are packaged in recycled materials, meaning the packaging was likely diverted from landfills. Lastly, look for products that are durable and provide low maintenance solutions, as they will require less frequent replacement over their lifetime.

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