With today's well-insulated, tightly constructed green buildings, indoor air quality has taken on a greater level of importance. Tighter construction leads to better energy efficiency, but it also means that there is less air flow in and out of these buildings -- a good example of the complexity of making green building decisions.
Georgia-Pacific's chemical business, which makes resins and adhesives for use in a variety of building products, has been working with customers to address their interest in resins that emit lower levels of formaldehyde.
"Green building standards, as well as new state environmental regulations, are changing the product needs of many of our customers," says Shelley Woods Whiting, Director, Commercial Development and Marketing for the company's chemical business.
Georgia-Pacific Chemicals recently introduced a new line of low-emission adhesives designed to help its customers on both these fronts. LEAF™ adhesives can contribute to product qualifications for a variety of green building standards in addition to complying with the state of California's new regulations for composite wood products.
"LEAF products not only have lower emissions profiles, but they also work well with existing manufacturing processes so they can be easily substituted," says Ashlee Cribb, Business Manager, Wood Adhesives. "These environmental and economic benefits make LEAF adhesives a sustainable solution."