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Greener Interior Construction Materials


There is a need to use greener materials in constructing the interior floors, walls, and ceilings of buildings. “Greener” considers the whole life cycle of the materials that are used. The following are examples of this need:

  • Many indoor construction materials emit toxic gases such as formaldehyde and produce airborne fine particles. It would be more protective of human health if greener materials were used that did not emit toxic fumes or fine particles.
  • Flexible and laminate vinyl materials and rigid polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are made with toxic materials and processes, are difficult to recycle, and do not biodegrade. It would be more protective of the environment if greener materials were used.

With this in mind, EPA is interested in innovative technologies that address the following topic:

Topic Code 6A: Greener Interior Construction Materials: Greener materials for construction of floors, walls, and/or ceilings in buildings. Compared with currently-used materials, these materials should be less toxic, stronger, more durable, longer lasting, lower weigh, lower in volume, easier to re-cycle and re-use, more biodegradable, and more affordable. The use of a life cycle perspective that embodies these and other related aspects is integral to this topic.

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