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CompAIR, launched in November of 2015, is a new tool in the suite of Pharos resources that enables users to calculate and compare volatile compounds from building materials as they are applied. HBN created CompAIR to help users report the health impacts of their material choices. Users can populate their own product portfolios and compare product volatile content as applied.
Volatile organic compound (VOC) content does not tell the whole story to select the healthiest product for an application. Choosing the lowest applied volatiles is better than choosing the lowest VOC because:
- VOC reporting is inconsistent - There are multiple different ways VOCs may be calculated and reported. Therefore the VOC content from product to product is not always comparable.
- VOC reporting does not include all volatile chemicals - Some volatile chemicals are exempted from VOC reporting since they are not expected to contribute to smog formation. However, these chemicals may still have other relevant health impacts that should be considered when using VOC as a health metric.
- VOC reporting does not reflect the product as applied - Products with less VOC content per volume may actually contribute more VOCs when applied due to differences in the product's application, such as coverage and coating requirements.
We have produced two short video tutorials to guide you in getting started with using CompAIR. The first provides basics on using the calculator, and the second digs a little deeper on where to find the product data needed for comparison.
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