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What Color is Your Green Paint?


Green building has grown from a specialty niche into a driving force within the architectural, construction and building products industries. Now, multi-attribute certifications are expanding the definition and the requirements for green coatings....
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Tagged categories: Clean Air Act; Energy Star; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Environmentally friendly; Green building; Green coatings; Green Globes; Green Guard; Green Seal; International Green Construction Code; LEED; Low-VOC; Master Painters Institute (MPI); MPI Green Performance; VOC content; VOC emissions; VOC-free; Zero-VOC

Comment from Leslie Aiken, (8/31/2016, 12:41 PM)

Great information, but why isn't Cradle to Cradle or the French VOC Emissions test mentioned? C2C is a multi-attribute that measures material health, sustainability and others, and French VOC Emissions measure VOC and TVOC and other emissions.

Comment from Allen Zielnik, (8/31/2016, 1:50 PM)

Thanks for pointing out that there many more holistic green initiatives such as C2C for buildings as well as other specific regulations such as the French VOC Emissions. The intent of the article was to focus on some of the misconcenptions regarding VOC content and various "green" ratings systems, and to point out that they are evolving and gradually becoming more lifecycle based, but that presents many additional challenges. However, the more that coatings specifiers and users know about what "going green" really means in terms of all the certifications and programs, the more informed their choices may be. Thanks again for your comment.

Comment from Jesse Melton, (10/4/2016, 7:56 AM)

Do coatings made by Western companies have any real penetration in the countries in Eastern Asia where high growth in green coatings is forecast? I don't think I've ever seen any at job sites in China. I've only seen a few cans of unidentifiable (to me) coatings by 3M in Vietnam and only then because I recognized the 3M logo. What does the other 80% of the world use for architectural coatings? I know North America and Western Europe are excluded, or years behind, in getting access to electronic products as well as manufacturing advancements and tools and techniques used in scientific research. Are we also the last to arrive in coatings? I suspect we are, and I think knowing more about what's happening in Eastern Asia would be beneficial to everyone.

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