Identifying Greener Paints and Coatings
Environmental Attributes to Consider*
- Reduction/elimination of toxics (ammonia, formaldehyde, crystalline silica, odor masking agents, fungicides) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Salvaged excess paints (some vendors can remix into almost any color)
- Alternative paints (lime, milk protein, clay, and earth-based pigments)
- Manufacturer or retailer take-back and recycling options
*Depending upon the performance requirements (e.g., interior or exterior), building occupants, project scope, and other considerations.
How to Buy
- Look for products meeting paints and coatings standards and ecolabels recommended by EPA.
- Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG). Recycled-content recommendations for consolidated and latex paint.
- Green Procurement Compilation - Paints. The Green Procurement Compilation (GPC) is a comprehensive green purchasing resource designed for federal contracting personnel and program managers. It helps you identify applicable green purchasing requirements.
- Institutional and Federal purchasers can use this model specification language for paints and coatings (Section 09 90 00), which provides federal agencies' requirements and other practices to consider when specifying paints and coatings. Exit
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