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Tenant Handbook

Use of Materials Which Emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Any work involving the use of materials that emit VOCs must be scheduled a minimum of five (5) days in advance with Management.  Scheduling may require additional days to accommodate holidays and building operational days.  This work must be scheduled with Management in order that arrangements can be made to run the HVAC system during and after the work being performed as well as to confirm other requirements pending the application of the material.  

Materials likely to emit VOCs include the following:

  • Adhesives
  • Paints, Varnishes, Lacquers and Epoxies
  • Wood Preservatives, Stains and other Wood Finishing products
  • Waterproofing Products
  • Caulking
  • Glazing Compounds
  • Joint Fillers
  • Duct Sealants
  • Carpet Seam Sealants  

These materials shall be applied according to manufacturer's specifications.  Preferably, the contractor should provide evidence that these products do not emit VOCs or that they have been tested to emit less than 0.3 mg/M (total VOCs).  Submission of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) prior to scheduling work and physical inspection of the substance by Management is required for all such products prior to application.  Electrostatic painting, polomyx painting, staining, varnishing sealant, epoxy or any other material with less than a .3 VOC must be done during evening hours after 7:00 pm on Friday and completed prior to 6:00 am on Sunday to provide for 24 hours ventilation.  Material containing an excess of .3 VOC may be refused due to the VOC levels and/or cure period. The General Contractor is responsible for ensuring that all pricing includes preparation and completion of their tasks with no disruption to building occupants assuming the following criteria:  

  • Performing work with the above materials during non-business hours 
  • Properly ventilating the affected area during and after installation procedures and ensuring VOC emissions do not accumulate in existing Client areas or adversely affect common areas.  Forced venting to exhaust air outside should result in the replacement of air volume every two (2) hours within the affected space.  This may include, but not be limited to, OT HVAC, fans/blowers, hepa-filters, and removal of window(s) if applicable.  

Properly disposing of these materials and any materials associated with their cleanup.