Historic buildings – paints and varnishes

An exemption is allowed for extensions to historic buildings where there is an explicit requirement from the Local Authority conservation officer or the national conservation body (i.e. English Heritage, Historic Scotland, CADW in Wales and NIEA:HBU in Northern Ireland) to use specific paints and varnishes, which may contain a high level of VOCs or fall within the scope of the Volatile Organic Compounds in Paints, Vanishes and Vehicle Refinishing Products Regulations 2012. This is allowable for grade I and II* listed buildings in England and Wales and grade A and B+ listed buildings in Scotland and Northern Ireland. In all cases, procedures should be in place to ensure the building is flushed out for a sufficient period prior to occupation and adequately ventilated, in order to reduce the risks associated with VOCs, in accordance with the criteria.