minor cleaning (mostly damp mopping), and lower VOC-emitting cleaning solvents are used for more thorough cleaning.

Slotterback concluded that additional research would benefit consumers and give a firmer foundation for Kaiser Permanente’s programs, such as the PVC removal program. To make intelligent consumer decisions, a better understanding is needed of the impacts of chemicals used in building products, asserted Slotterback. A federal standard—similar to the food labeling standard—that indicates the content of building and furnishings products, would enable consumers to make intelligent decisions. The ability to make informed decisions and choices would shift the marketplace to the use of sustainable products and in turn will help to achieve sustainability goals, concluded Slotterback.

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