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  • Low-VOC Adhesive

    Latex-based Extreme Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive is gunnable in a wide range of temperatures.

     
  • Sherwin-Williams Emerald Acrylic Latex Paint

    In both exterior and interior versions, colorants are completely free of VOCs.

     
  • Low-VOC Sealant

    Henkel OSI Green Series. OSI Green Series FlameSeal Fire, Smoke & Draft Stop Sealant is the only Greenguard Children & Schools-certified sealant to control the spread of fire.

     
  • Titebond. Franklin Internationals Titebond Original Wood Glue is an industry standard. Introduced in 1955, this was the first aliphatic resin glue or yellow glue, which, like polyvinyl acetate white glue, is inherently nonhazardous. Original Wood Glue has 10.7 g/L VOC content, and no ingredients of concern are listed on the material safety data sheet. Many of Franklins Titebond adhesives, along with its GreenChoice-branded adhesives, have VOC content below 50 g/L. 800.669.4583. www.titebond.com.

    Low-VOC Wood Glue from Titebond

    Titebond. Franklin International’s Titebond Original Wood Glue is an industry standard.

     
  • 3M. The companys Hi-Strength 94 ET Spray Adhesive is a high-strength, high-tack spray adhesive with high solids for increased coverage. It has 10.7 g/L VOC content and is Greenguard Children & Schools certified. It is sold in aerosol cans, canisters, 5-gallon pails, and steel drums (reducing container waste). The company has a handful of other Greenguard Children & Schools-certified spray adhesives. 800.362.3550. www.3m.com.

    Low-VOC Adhesive

    3M. The company’s Hi-Strength 94 ET Spray Adhesive is a high-strength, high-tack spray adhesive with high solids for increased coverage.

     
  • Safer Spray-Foam Cleaner

    Touch ’n Seal now offers a more environmentally friendly way to clean uncured spray foam from hands, tools, and applicator guns. Poly-Clean is VOC-free and nonirritating to skin, says the manufacturer.

     
  • Interior Paint

    Advance Waterborne Interior Alkyd flows on and levels out like a traditional alkyd but has low VOC content (less than 50 grams/liter) and cleans up with soap and water.

     
  • Valspar. Valspar Plus is the first asthma- and allergy-friendly paint certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The company says the zero-VOC paint reduces airborne irritants during application and its antimicrobial factor reduces mold and mildew growth. Its available in thousands of colors with three sheen options. 800.845.9061. www.valsparpaint.com.

    Zero-VOC Paint

    Valspar. Valspar Plus is the first asthma- and allergy-friendly paint certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

     
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    Non-Toxic Paints

    "Green" paints claimed to be free of VOCs, formaldehyde, toxins, and carcinogens.

     
  • Low-VOC Finishes

    Vermont Natural Coatings. The company’s low-VOC wood finishes were developed in collaboration with the University of Vermont using whey protein, a byproduct of the dairy industry.

     
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    Releasable Sheet Floor Adhesive

    Armstrong’s S-289 Releasable Sheet Floor Adhesive is a water-based low-VOC formulation designed to make residential vinyl-backed flooring easier to install and repair.

     
  • Tough Tile Grout

    Laticrete says its new SpectraLock Pro Premium Grout is GreenGuard-certified (for low-VOC emissions) yet exceeds the toughest commercial performance standards.

     
  • Temple-Inland. ComfortGuard Abuse-Resistant gypsum and ComfortGuard Impact-Resistant drywall include the companys TemShield mold protection system, which comprises a water- and mold-resistant core and facers. The AR product includes an extra-durable face paper to withstand scuffs and abrasions in high-traffic areas as well as an enhanced core density for extra strength and heat resistance. The IR board adds a special backing to keep impacts from penetrating the wall cavity, the maker says. The product is SCS certified for recycled content and is certified by MAS as a low-VOC-emitting material under the Collaborative for High-Performance Schools program. 800.231.6060. www.templeinland.com.

    SCS-Certified Drywall From Temple-Inland

    Temple-Inland. ComfortGuard Abuse-Resistant gypsum and ComfortGuard Impact-Resistant drywall include the companys TemShield mold protection system, which comprises a water- and mold-resistant core and facers. The AR product includes an extra-durable face paper to withstand scuffs and abrasions in...

     
  • Extreme Temperature Formula Low-VOC Subfloor And Deck Construction Adhesive

    Liquid Nails’ new Extreme Temperature Formula low-VOC subfloor and deck construction adhesive can be gunned by hand at temperatures down to 22°F, and will stick to wet, frozen, and treated lumber readily and won’t dissolve foams and plastics.

     
  • JLC Report April 2010

    Skepticism greets California’s green-building code; a closer look at green paints; Hitachi recalls coil framing nailers after injuries; more

     
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    Products

    Drywall shim on a roll; truss spacer; replacement sliders; zero-VOC primer/stain-blocker; heavy-duty garage doors; more

     
  • Gluing a Glulam

    Q: For one of our projects, we need to make a solid wood attachment to a glulam beam that seems to have a special finish on it. Should we use a particular type of glue to make the connection?

     
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    Paint It Green

    As federal and state governments try to get a handle on the pollution problem and the impact of "volatile organic compounds," or VOCs, they're turning their attention to paint. A cascade of regulations, moving from the EPA down through regional commissions and finally taking effect at the state...

     
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    Products

    Columns; specialty fasteners; adhesives

     
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    Spraying Clear Waterborne Lacquer

    A pressure pot is the best way to apply this low-VOC finish

     
 
 
 
 
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