2. 5. 9. Limits for volatile organic compounds in exterior coatings

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In coatings, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are primarily used as coalescing agents and solvents, and during application, they are emitted into the ambient air. Volatile organic compounds pose a health risk to the applier.


VOCs have numerous effects on human health and well-being, ranging from sensory impressions (smell, irritation) already at low concentrations, to toxic long-term effects, which usually occur only at higher concentrations. An important factor here is that part of the low-concentration effects are sensory impressions or other effects that cannot be (fully) examined in the context of animal testing. VOC mixtures may cause non-specific effects even at low concentrations, particularly irritations of the mucous membranes of the eyes and the nose, and the respiratory tract. In addition, exposure may result in non-specific symptoms such as headaches, tiredness, concentration problems, nausea, or elevated body temperature.


Furthermore, volatile organic compounds that are used in construction significantly contribute to the formation of ozone.

minimum requirement

The maximum overall VOC content (VOC total) of coatings for exterior use is 8% by weight.



Safety data sheet as amended by Regulation (EU) No 453/2010, and manufacturer's declaration.

Alternatively, the corresponding baubook declaration may serve as evidence (www.baubook.info/oea).


baubook green procurement
Harmonised “EcoBuildingCriteria” provided by “ÖkoKauf Wien” and “service package sustainable construction in Vorarlberg”