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34 Energy Savings Plus Health | INDOOR AIR QUALITY GUIDELINES FOR MULTIFAMILY BUILDING UPGRADES PRIORITY ISSUE 10.0 BUILDING PRODUCTS/MATERIALS EMISSIONS ASSESSMENT PROTOCOLS (AP) MINIMUM ACTIONS (MA) EXPANDED ACTIONS (EA) AP 10.1 Review Content and Emissions Documentation for New Products Review information on the chemical content and emissions for products being considered for purchase and installation during the building upgrade project to determine whether they contain potentially hazardous compounds. Many of these products and materials (e.g., plywood, particleboard, pressed wood, insulation, paints, sealants, cleaning supplies) can contain volatile organic compounds VOCs or other hazardous compounds to which exposure should be minimized or eliminated during and after the upgrade project. MA 10.1 Select Least Toxic Materials When installing new products and materials, use the least toxic product or material feasible to do the job effectively. For example, use products and materials that indicate they have (or are certified as having) low-VOC content or low-VOC emissions and follow manufacturers' printed instructions for use. Where possible, specify products and materials that meet independent certification and testing protocols, such as the following: • California Department of Public Health, Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources using Environmental Chambers (Emission Testing Method for California Specification 01350) • Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label Plus program criteria, or equivalent standards for carpet • Collaborative for High Performance Schools High Performance Products Database • Green Seal Standard GS-11 • GREENGUARD Gold Certification Program • Master Painters Institute Green Performance Standards X-Green, GPS-1 or GPS-2 • Resilient Floor Covering Institute, FloorScore® • Scientific Certification Systems, SCS-10.2-2007, Indoor Advantage Gold • Insulation products that contain no added formaldehyde and are moisture resistant. MA 10.2 Use Low-Emitting Wood and Composite-Wood Products When installing structural plywood or pressed or composite wood products, select those that are certified compliant with California Title 7 Airborne Toxics Control Measures (ATCM) to reduce EA 10.1 Air Out New Materials Where possible, air out new materials in a well-ventilated, clean and dry space prior to installation. Off-site opening of wrapped or tightly packaged materials to facilitate this conditioning step also is acceptable. EA 10.2 Seal Composite Wood Products Seal composite wood products (e.g., particleboard and pressed wood) that are not compliant with California Title 17 ATCM or that do not meet Section 6.1 of EPA's Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications with a sealant intended to reduce VOC emissions. Seal all exposed surfaces and holes, as appropriate. Check with vendors for recommendations on sealing their engineered wood products. EA 10.3 Investigate and Correct Contaminant Source Problems After Building Modifications If odors or complaints indicate VOCs or other airborne contaminants after work has been completed, remove any potential sources (e.g., art/craft materials, fiberglass that may contain formaldehyde) from the room or area. If removal is not feasible, consider installing local exhaust ventilation for sources that are limited to a specific room or area, at least on a temporary basis until the off gassing has subsided. If these actions do not solve the problem (e.g., persistent odors, occupant complaints), hiring an environmental professional and testing may be necessary. EA 10.4 Post-Construction Flush-Out or Post-Construction Baseline IAQ Monitoring Per ASHRAE Standard 189.1 After construction is completed, meet the requirements of ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2014, Section for either a flush out or Post-Construction baseline IAQ monitoring before occupancy resumes in the renovated building/spaces. A flush-out period longer than specified in ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2014 can See Appendix A: Worker Protection Appendix B: Property Management and Occupant Education

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