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Substances

Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC)

Where is it Commonly Found?

HVAC - Refrigerant
HEALTH EFFECT SUMMARY
Ozone-depleting chemical that increases the risk of skin cancer and weakens immune systems.

What are its known health effects?

What are its suspected health effects?

Cardiovascular or Blood Toxicant (LADO - L)

Neurotoxicant (HAZMAP)

Alternative Materials

R-22, R-123, R-134a, R-245fa, R-407c, and R-410a refrigerants

Additional Regulatory Information

A 1992 amendment of the Montreal Protocal requires R-22 and all other HCFCs to be phased out by 2010 for new HVAC equipment.

Does it Correspond With Any Green Building Credits?

Living Building Challenge (1.2) - Prerequisite 5;
Living Building Challenge 3.0 - Red List;
LEED - NC: Credits EA 4;
Green Guide for Health Care - EA 4: Enhanced Refrigerant Management;
Green Guide for Health Care - EE 4: Refrigerant Selection;
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How is it Categorized?

Ozone Depleting Gases

What is its Origin?

A 1992 amendment of the Montreal Protocal requires R-22 and all other HCFCs to be phased out by 2010 for new HVAC equipment.

Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) are refrigerants used primarily as a subsititute for CFCs. They are a group of man-made compounds containing hydrogen, chlorine, fluorine, and carbon.

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General Reference

http://www.epa.gov/ozone/title6/phaseout/22phaseout.html