Environmental Issues for Low- and Zero-VOC Coatings

March 22, 2012

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Companies nowadays are very concerned with the harmful effects of toxic substances to the quality of breathable air and the environment as a whole.

But this consciousness did not come about overnight. This is a product of decades of government initiative to control the release of damaging VOCs to the environment.

In the commercial building painting sector, government regulations mandated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be the executing agency for environmentally-sensitive programs. Working together with the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), the adoption of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system for low- and zero-VOC compliance of commercial building painting became possible, eventually becoming accepted in the building industry.

With the support of the public and private sectors, the commercial building painting market finally opened its doors to zero- and low-VOC products. With the move toward green products, environmentally-sensitive coatings finally become mainstream and as competitive as their standard paint counterparts. And to become competitive in this fast becoming environmentally-sensitive market, previously high-VOC paint products were inevitably redesigned to keep up with the green competition.

The outlook looks good for environmentally-sensitive coatings and applications, ensuring that present and future commercial building painting applications are as ecologically-friendly and less-harmful to the environment as possible.

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