FORMASHIELD™ Formaldehyde-Abatement Technology
Breathe Easy with FORMASHIELD™ Formaldehyde-Abatement Technology
It’s a coatings industry first: a binder technology for latex paint that can actually help remove harmful formaldehyde from indoor air. FORMASHIELD™ Formaldehyde-Abatement Technology begins working as soon as paint is applied. It continues to work after paint dries. It’s a breakthrough that doesn’t just reduce paint’s impact on indoor air quality — it actively helps improve it.
The Smart Coating for Improving Indoor Air Quality
A significant contributor to indoor air pollution is Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs are airborne chemicals found in building and household products. As VOCs are released into the air, they’re inhaled. One of the most prevalent and most dangerous VOCs is formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Carpets, furniture, cabinetry, drapery and insulation are common household items made with glues and adhesives that emit formaldehyde. Exposure is known to cause a range of health effects, including:
- Eye, nose and throat irritation
- Wheezing and coughing
- Skin rash
- Severe allergic reactions
As people spend more time indoors and buildings are more tightly sealed to improve energy efficiency, there is growing concern about formaldehyde buildup in indoor air.
How It Works
FORMASHIELD™ Technology employs a functional monomer that facilitates interaction between paint on the wall and formaldehyde in the air. The monomer bonds with the formaldehyde and transforms it into harmless vapor.
A Visible Difference
The efficacy of FORMASHIELD™ Technology has been proven over years of laboratory testing, across varying formulations, environmental conditions and formaldehyde levels. These tests have been conducted in accordance with established standards, such as ISO-16000, ASTM-D5116 and JC/T 1074-2008.
It is the only known paint technology that achieves greater than 80% efficiency, based on the China Building and Construction Industrial Standard JC/T1074-2008 – Purifying Performance of Coatings for Walls with Air Purification. China established the world’s most rigorous standard in response to growing concern over the health effects of formaldehyde exposure in homes, schools and other indoor settings.
Novel technology platforms, such as FORMASHIELD™ Formaldehyde-Abatement Technology, demonstrate Dow’s ongoing commitment to innovations that support more sustainable solutions and help meet green building standards. Through formaldehyde abatement, FORMASHIELD™ Technology actively works to improve indoor air quality and create a healthier build environment.