The main factor that makes green painting successful is, of course, the selection of green coatings. Without the presence of low-emitting and zero- to near-zero VOC formulations, the whole painting application is not really qualified as an effort to protect the environment.

Volatile organic compounds or VOCs are a source of major environmental hazards. VOC absorption can cause health problems to workers and tenants in the facility. Traditional paints are loaded with VOCs that continue emitting harmful gasses to the environment even after years of application. Because of this, green coating manufacturers steer away from VOCs in their formulation.

It is easy to identify green coating products in the market these days. Many independent certification agencies put their stamp of approval on green coating products that pass their environmental standards. Look for coatings certified by Green Seal, GreenGuard, among others.

Aside from paint selection, handling is also a source of green practice. The simple act of covering the paint can is one example. After the paint is poured out, covering the can will prevent paint chemicals from spreading into the work area. The use of biodegradable materials and tools, instead of plastic, during paint application is another green practice. Keeping the work area as clean as possible will also go a long way in securing a green building.

Back to the green coating products used in the project, calculating as accurately as possible the amount of paint to buy, based on the surface area requiring paint application, is also a green and good idea. It not only saves the project from costly leftover paints, it also lessens the amount of disposable materials going into the dumpsters.

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