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Green Building Adhesives: A Primer

SpecialChem / ASI – Nov 18, 2009

The first official green home building program began in 1985 as a city-wide energy-efficiency initiative in Austin, TX. The Green Building Program was the country's first comprehensive program to encourage using sustainable building techniques in residential , commercial, and municipal construction. The organization defines sustainability as meeting our present needs without compromising the needs of future generations or, simply, green building. One key way to determine if a product is green is to note its VOC content. The lower the VOC level, the more environmentally friendly that product will be. Since solvents represent a large portion of the VOC category, it also means that the solvent level in the product will be lower; therefore, the product is likely to be safer for the environment. The amount of recycled content in either the product or the packaging ultimately helps conserve the environment, thus adding to a product's eco-friendliness.

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