In the Spring of 2002, PaintandCoatings.com conceived and carried out a survey concerning the technical ramifications of recent VOC regulations directed at architectural and decorative coatings produced in the USA. While the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and various other state regulatory agencies were developing more stringent rules concerning VOC content in this coatings class, our perception was that a technological gulf existed between regulated endpoints and end user performance requirements. With that in mind, PaintandCoatings.com sought to understand how manufacturers in the architectural market segment planned to address regulation issues as well as the directions that technology would take to meet regulatory issues.
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