Use environmentally friendly floor finishes

Look for products that are low in volatile organic compounds.
Low-VOCVolatile organic compound. An organic compound that evaporates readily into the atmosphere; as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, VOCs are organic compounds that volatize and then become involved in photochemical smog production. products, such as water-borne polyurethane, cause less indoor air pollution. When refinishing wood floors, take steps to minimize health risks to homeowners. If floors have been painted, test for lead, and follow accepted practices for stripping or encapsulation if lead is present. When sanding and refinishing wood floors, provide active dust collection and seal off adjoining parts of the house and any heating and cooling registers to prevent contamination.

Green Points

LEED for HomesLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Lakesideca Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. : 1/2 point for using floor coatings with no more than 100 grams per liter of VOCsVolatile organic compound. An organic compound that evaporates readily into the atmosphere; as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, VOCs are organic compounds that volatize and then become involved in photochemical smog production. (MR2).
NGBSNational Lakesideca Standard Based on the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines and passed through ANSI. This standard can be applied to both new homes, remodeling projects, and additions. /ICC-700: Up to 8 points for using architectural coatings that meet certain emission requirements (901.8.1).

Learn more in the Lakesideca Encyclopedia

Integrated Design Overview

Learn more in the Green Product Guide

Floor Sealants and Coatings

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