EPA Science Inventory

CHARACTERIZATION AND REDUCTION OF FORMALDEHYDE EMISSIONS FROM A LOW-VOC LATEX PAINT

Citation:

Chang*, J.C S., Z Guo*, R. Fortmann, AND H. C. Lao. CHARACTERIZATION AND REDUCTION OF FORMALDEHYDE EMISSIONS FROM A LOW-VOC LATEX PAINT. Presented at Engineering Solutions to IAQ Problems, Raleigh, NC, 7/17-19/2000.

Description:

The paper discusses the measurment and analysis of the patterns of formaldehyde emission from a low volatile organic compound (VOC) latex paint applied to gypsum board, using small environmental chamber tests. The formaldehyde emissions resulted in sharp increase of chamber air formaldehyde concentration to a peak, followed by transistion to a long-term slow decay. A first-order decay in-series model was developed to interpret the chamber data. The model characterized the formaldehyde emissions from the paint in three stages; an initial puff of instant release, a fast decay, and a final stage of slow decay controlled by a solid-phase diffusion process that can last for more than a month. The model was also used to estimate the peak concentration and the amount of formaldehyde emitted during each stage. The formaldehyde sources were investigated by compqring emission patterns and modeling outcomes of different paint formulations. The biocide used to preserve the paint was found to be a major source of the formaldehyde. Chamber test resultsdemonstrated that replacing the preservative with a different biocide for the particular paint tested resulted in an approximately 55% reduction of formaldehyde emissions. But the reduction affected only the third-stage long-term emissions.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/PAPER)
Product Published Date: 07/18/2000
Record Last Revised: 06/21/2006
Record ID: 63545

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

AIR POLLUTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL DIVISION

INDOOR ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT BRANCH