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New Concern About Pesticides in Exterior Paints

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 01, 2012 01:01 AM
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by Brent Ehrlich last modified May 30, 2012

Author name:  Brent Ehrlich Blog Category:  GreenSpec Insights Although exterior paints have moved beyond lead and the most toxic solvents, new coatings contain biocides that may pose a different set of concerns. Biocides play an important role in a paint's durability by protecting it from mildew, but biocides cannot make up for poor application practices. Photo: Bob Cusumano, Coatings Consultants, Inc. Most of us are familiar with the volatile solvents found in alkyd, or “oil-based” paints. These are typically hazardous airborne pollutants with large volumes of smog-causing VOCs . Coatings containing these solvents are regulated in many areas of the country, such as the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). Biocides in coatings, however, have largely flown under the regulatory radar in the U.S. In the June issue of Environmental Building News, we take a look at the environmental tradeoffs of exterior coatings (member link). read more






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