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Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) Requirements

The MPI Green Performance® Standard (GPS-1-12) requires that the manufacturer demonstrate that VOC concentrations of the product shall not exceed those listed below as determined by U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Reference Test Method 24 (Determination of Volatile Matter Content, Water Content, Density Volume Solids, and Weight Solids of Surface Coatings), Code of Federal Regulations Title 40, Part 60, Appendix A.

MPI Green Performance® Standard (GPS-2-12) provides for a maximum allowable limit of 50 g/L of VOCs.

VOCs shall be listed as g/L (grams/liter). The calculation of VOC shall exclude water and tinting color added at the point of sale.

Products meeting the MPI Green Performance® Standard (GPS-1-12 & GPS-2-12) are listed at www.specifygreen.comand at www.paintinfo.com


Category Description MPI Categories Max.Allowable VOCs
GPS-1 GPS-2
Architectural

Interior Flat Intermediate/Top Coats

49, 53, 55, 118, 133, 143, 165

50 g/L

50 g/L

Interior Non-Flat Intermediate/Top Coats

43,44,47,48,51,52, 54, 89,114, 131,138 to 141, 144 to 148, 151, 153,154, 155, 157, 158, 166, 167, 168, 169, 225, 226

150g/L

50 g/L

Exterior Flat Intermediate/Top Coats

8, 10, 42,113

100 g/L

50 g/L

Exterior Non-Flat Intermediate/Top Coats

9, 11, 15, 38, 40, 41, 94, 119, 161, 163, 164, 213, 214, 311, 315

150g/L

50 g/L

Special Purpose

Clear Varnishes 

28,29,30,56, 57, 73, 74, 75, 128,129,130, 181, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197

350 g/L

 

Clear Sanding Sealers

84, 102 

350 g/L

 

Clear Lacquer     

85, 86, 87

550 g/L

 

Fire Retardant coatings – Pigmented

63, 64, 67, 126

350 g/L

 

Fire Retardant coatings – Clear

62, 65, 66, 109, 111

650 g/L

 

Floor Coatings

27, 58, 59, 60, 68, 127

250g/L

 

Hi Temperature Coatings

2, 21, 22

420 g/L

 

Industrial Maintenance Coatings    

31, 35, 71, 72, 77, 78, 82, 83, 98, 101, 105, 108, 115, 174, 177, 201,202, 203, 215, 301

340 g/L

 

Metallic Pigmented Coatings

1             

500 g/L

 

Multi-Color Coatings

112, 121

250 g/L

 

Pigmented Lacquer

24, 122, 123, 124

550 g/L

 

Pretreatment Wash Primers

25, 80

420 g/L

 

Primers & Undercoaters

4, 5, 6, 17, 39, 45, 46, 50, 61, 69, 91, 116, 125, 134, 149, 172

200 g/L

 

Quick Dry Enamels

81, 96

250 g/L

 

Recycled Coatings             

10RC, 10RR, 11RR, 11RC,15RC, 15RR, 44RC, 44RC, 53RC, 53RR, 54RC, 54RR

150 g/L

 

Rust Preventative Coatings

23, 26, 76, 79, 95, 107, 135, 173, 275            

400 g/L

 

Shellac – Clear   

88

730 g/L

 

Specialty Primers

3,5,7,36,136,137, 223

350 g/L

 

Stains

13, 14, 16, 33, 90, 92,156,186

250 g/L

 

Traffic Coating

32, 70, 97             

150 g/L

 

Waterproofing Concrete/Masonry Sealers

34, 99, 104,117   

400 g/L

 

Zinc Rich Primers              

18, 19, 20, 200

340 g/L

 

Note:
  • MPI categories listed opposite a category are the best ‘fit’ according to the definition information available.
  • These categories may be differently defined, or interpreted by various authorities having jurisdiction under various different regulations.
  • MPI Green Performance® Standard users are responsible for determining appropriateness of this information for their individual use.
  • Dry Fog/Fall categories have been reclassified under Interior Flat/Non-Flat since the first version of this standard.

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