Green Seal® has launched a fresh certification standard for paints and coatings that fully aligns with the most recent version of the LEED® green building rating system. Products certified to Green Seal’s updated paint standard are designated by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as complying with certain requirements for the LEED v4 and v4.1 low-emitting materials credit.
Green Seal’s paint certification may be the only mark available on the market to qualify products for both LEED v4.1 credit Amazon’s and requirements Climate Pledge Friendly badge, rendering it simple for health-focused buyers to recognize safer products. The updated GS-11 Standard for Paints, Coatings, Stains and Sealers is compliant with WELL v also. 1 and standards Fitwell.
“Green Seal’s paint standard has rewarded leading manufacturers for low-VOC content, safer formulas, and effective functional performance because it was ago first issued nearly 30 years,” said Doug Gatlin, CEO of Green Seal. “With this latest standard update, purchasers, facility managers, and consumers can choose paints that fully align with LEED v4 confidently.1 green building certification and so are verified to the best standard of health, safety, and functional performance.”
“LEED certification encourages the uptake of sustainable practices, like the usage of low-emitting indoor materials that protect human health,” said Melissa Baker, SVP, LEED Technical Development, USGBC. “Green Seal’s updated paint certification raises the bar for protecting indoor environmental quality and will be offering a straightforward and effective path for complying with this most health-protective requirements in LEED.”
“I was a genuine estate developer for pretty much two decades, and I understand that choosing the right paint for a project could be challenging, particularly when you’re attempting to identify a paint that reduces contact with toxic chemicals,” said Gina Ciganik, CEO of Healthy Buildings Network. “Chemicals which are bad for children’s development, like endocrine-disrupting alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs) remain all too prevalent in low-VOC paint products. Green Seal’s multi-attribute paint standard is widely trusted by purchasers since it addresses not only VOC emissions but additionally chemical content, rendering it easy to identify safer products truly.”
Green Seal’s certification indicates a paint or coating product is safer for folks and the earth than similar products while providing uncompromising performance. Green Seal restricts VOC chemical content and requires VOC emissions testing to make sure healthier indoor quality of air. Unlike single-attribute certifications that concentrate on VOC emissions solely, Green Seal’s standard restricts carcinogens, reproductive toxins, hazardous air pollutants, preservatives that emit formaldehyde, heavy metals, alkylphenol ethoxylates, and a bunch of other harmful chemical compounds, ensuring certified products are safer for building occupants while providing uncompromising functional performance. Furthermore, Green Seal means that certified products use environmentally preferable packaging materials and contain things that are safer for water bodies.
In 2020 alone, paints and coatings certified to Green Seal standards prevented over fifty percent a million pounds of VOC pollution throughout at the very least 120 million square feet of LEED-certified building space.