Caulk, Sealants, and Adhesives that Won’t Jeopardize Indoor Air Quality

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Maintaining indoor air quality is an important aspect of living “green”, and who doesn’t want clean air to breathe anyway?  VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors.

Many conventional building products, like those used to make a home or building air tight and energy efficient, emit these gases.  Not only do these products emit VOCs when they are applied, but elevated concentrations can persist in the air long after the activity is completed.  These days however, “greener” options are becoming more readily available, many of which are even made in the USA. 

  • Bostik, Inc, a Middleton, Massachusetts company manufactures low-VOC construction sealants and adhesives, such as its Chem-Caulk 2000 Construction Grade Hybrid Sealant and 2020 Architectural Grade Hybrid Sealant products.
  • Geocel Corporation, based in Elkhart, Indiana, is the maker of GeoGreen products: All-in-One Adhesive/Sealant; Drywall/Panel/Sub-Floor Adhesive; and Siding/Window/Door Sealant.
  • Liquid Nails Brand of Strongsville, OH, makes an extensive line of adhesives that have earned GreenGuard certification.
  • Pecora Sealants by Pecora Corporation.  This Harleysville, Pennsylvania company displays material safety data sheets (MSDS) for all of its products (many of which are low-VOC).
  • Phenoseal, a Baltimore, Maryland based company is the maker of low-VOC products, such as Phenoseal® Does It Clear!® Acrylic Latex Adhesive Caulk.
  • Tremco, Inc of Beachwood, Ohio, makes commercial grade, low-VOC products, such as its Tremflex 834 interior and exterior latex caulking and Tremco Spectrem 1 joint sealant.

So, the next time you need to caulk around your bathtub, windows/doors, ductwork, siding/trim, and more, you’ll find it easy to opt for healthier, greener products.

Tag(s): Green Building, Greening the Home, Greening the Office, Kitchens And Baths


One Response to “Caulk, Sealants, and Adhesives that Won’t Jeopardize Indoor Air Quality”

  1. Tommy on February 28th, 2012 4:51 pm

    Elmer’s wood fillers are all natural and actually made out of wood, so they can be an excellent alternative to caulk if air quality is a concern.

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