What are VOCs?

VOCs are Volatile Organic Compounds. When it comes to paint, VOCs are often added for better open time and freeze-thaw resistance and are emitted as gasses from liquids that evaporate as paint dries. Certain VOCs are harmful when inhaled and may pose indoor air quality concerns.

What can you do?

There are a few ways to deal with VOC!

The first is to increase the ventilation in your home by opening your windows and doors, and switching on your fans. This will ensure that a consistent supply of fresh air flows through.

Secondly, minimize your exposure by looking for products with low or, if possible, zero VOC.
At Benjamin Moore, we constantly strive to improve our products by reformulating various product lines to ensure VOC emissions are as low as possible. For instance, we were the first company in the US to introduce a zero VOC waterborne tinting system to the marketplace.

We try to be as transparent as possible by including the VOC levels of all our products in their respective Technical Data Sheets (TDS). Some of our paints with zero VOC include:
  • Aura® Interior Paint - our most premium paint
  • Regal® Interior Paint - a trusted product that has been around for more than 50 years
  • Natura® Interior Paint - our greenest paint, and the only paint in Singapore certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly
  • Ultra Spec® 500 Interior Paint - yes, even our commercial paints are zero VOC!