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Steve Khouw LEED AP
Username: karsidi

Post Number: 3
Registered: 04-2008
Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 04:47 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

A LEED project assessor recently required clarification by asking us to submit a VOC budget of the applied paints & coatings. She further describe it as "...budget should include the quantity (in liters), actual VOC (g/L) and allowable VOC (g/L) for each product." I know a budget is usually a comparative analysis of baseline versus actual, yet concerned that we do not have the raw information to calculate the off-gases quantity.

Does anybody has a handy VOC budget template or example that we can adopt and learn off? Pls send to stevek@dnagreendesign.com, thanks in advance.
John Bunzick, CCS, CCCA, LEED AP
Senior Member
Username: bunzick

Post Number: 1161
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 11:01 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I don't have such a template, but the concept is simply that the average VOC per gallon is calculated for the project. This must be done by the contractor, documenting the exact quantity and VOC content of each type of finish used. Then it is simple arithmetic.

total number of gallons of coating used on project
total VOC in all coatings

Where total VOC is sum of (gallons used for each type times VOC content for each type)
Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT
Senior Member
Username: rliebing

Post Number: 1126
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 11:11 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Had a recent requirement for the filing of a "LEED-C1 letter template" to verfiy compliance with standards.

Haven't gotten into this fully, but this may be the document you're after.
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Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 06:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Here's a step by step instruction on how to satsify this requirement in a Walls and Ceilings Magazine article called Alternative VOC Calculation for LEED:

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Posted on Friday, January 22, 2010 - 09:30 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Don't forget to ask what colors too. Tinting can/does add VOCs.

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