Dulux Trade has the launched of a new product range that is 99.9% free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
The Airsure range will initially include new Airsure Diamond Matt and Airsure Vinyl Matt – offering high performance and coverage but with a lower or equal carbon footprint compared to the standard formulations.
VOCs are chemicals used in the production of a wide range of products that vaporise and are emitted into the air.
They are often found in common building materials, from paint to waxes and varnishes, as well as being emitted by typical household items like cleaning products and nail varnishes or electrical items such as printers or photocopiers.
In high concentrations, particularly indoors, VOCs can cause adverse health effects, and they also contribute to air pollution.
By being 99.9% free of VOCs the Airsure range helps to minimise the impact on indoor air quality.
Paul Murgett, AkzoNobel Sustainability Manager, comments: “With the UK population spending around 80-90% of their time inside buildings, and up to 60% of their time in their homes, indoor air quality is an important consideration for us all.
“VOCs evaporate away from paint into the air even at room temperature. Once in the air and exposed to sunlight, they react with nitrogen oxides already present to create pollution, which in high concentrations can affect health.
“Although the pollution impact of the VOCs from paint is very small, less than 2% of the total amount of VOCs emitted, we know they contribute to indoor air pollution, and that is why we’re pioneering new ways to minimise the amounts emitted by our paints”.
Airsure Diamond Matt is available in the full Dulux Trade tinted colour range and has the same scuff, scrub and stain resistant technology as Diamond Matt.
The Airsure Vinyl Matt is suitable for all normal interior walls and ceilings, giving the excellent opacity and coverage.
Both the products in the range are BREEAM and LEED compliant, helping decorators working on commercial projects to meet the most stringent sustainability objectives.