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BC Gov: Overview Of Volatile Organic Compounds
BC Ministry of Health covers what volatile organic compounds are, where they come from, symptoms they cause, what you can do about it, removal of pollutants by air cleaners, and links to more information.

Building Science: VOC Concentrations In New Houses
Building Science reports on concentrations of 54 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ventilation rates, measured in four new manufactured houses and seven new site-built houses located in hot-humid and mixed-humid climates. (PDF)

IRC: VOC Emission Database For Common Building Materials
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction offers material emission database for the most abundant volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in 48 building materials including particleboard, plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), solid wood, gypsum wallboard, acoustic ceiling tile, vinyl flooring, underpad, carpet, and more. (PDF)
Information Sources

Canada Gov: Resource Site On Chemical Substances
Government of Canada site on Chemical Substances is a source of information on Canada's chemical substance management under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

CCME: Searchable Summary Table Of Chemicals
Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines online Summary Table provides the ability to search by chemical or chapter.

Hazardous Substances Data Bank: Toxicology Data For Chemicals
US National Library of Medicine offers searchable toxicology, environmental health, and chemical databases.

LBL: Available Information On Chemical Emissions Of Residential Materials
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report summarizes available information on chemical emissions from new residential products and materials. It identities databases that provide information on new or low-emission materials and products. The review focuses on the primary chemical or volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from interior surface materials, furnishings, and some regularly used household products; all of these emissions are amenable to ventilation. (PDF)
Issues & Performance

Greenguard: Certification Programs For Low VOC Products
Greenguard Environmental Institute governs the Greenguard Certification Programs for third-party certified low emitting interior products and building materials.
Procedures

CMHC: How To Reduce Chemical Contaminants In Your Home
CMHC guide describes how to reduce exposure to chemical contaminants in the home by identifying and avoiding sources of chemical contaminants, and ways of screening products you intend to use with Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and a simple jar test for odours. (PDF)

Green Spec: Online Video On Toxic Chemicals In Buildings
Green Spec online video on toxic chemicals in buildings is designed to help you sort through the constant barrage of information about everything out there that "might be killing you" and help your clients build healthier buildings. Topics include different approaches to information overload, what we know about toxic chemicals in our buildings, coping with knowledge gaps, tools for finding out more, and voices of experience.

IRC: Tool For Simulation Of IAQ Emissions & Ventilation Strategies
Canadian Institute for Research in Construuction software (IA-QUEST) has a database of emissions of 90 target volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from 69 building materials, and a simulation tool to predict the indoor air concentrations in a room for given materials from the database, and recommended ventilation strategies.

MEDB-IAQ: Software To Assess Building Materials, Ventilation & IAQ
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction developed this software tool to predict the impact of VOCs, building materials and ventilation strategies on indoor air quality. (PDF)

Pharos Project: CompAIR Volatile Ingredients Calculator
Pharos Project online CompAIR volatile ingredients calculator helps users identify building products that release less chemicals into the air.
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