Environmentally-safe formulations are cornering a wider market in 2010 than in previous years. This is proof that the Green Building Movement is no longer a vision but a present-day reality. As more and more building owners choose to construct their facilities with ecologically-safe features, the list of product offerings from major paint manufacturers in the country is getting longer:

1. The demand for paint biocides is increasing. The construction industry is slowly turning away from the application of solvent-based coatings systems. Painting contractors opt for water-based systems where biocides are major components. The increased demand is bringing biocide costs down, which in turn brings down the cost of manufacturing and selling hygienic coatings.

2. Low-odor water-based latex paints are manufactured with low- to zero-VOC (volatile organic compounds). As interior coatings, they deliver equal durability and good performance as traditional paints. Painting contractors can choose from a variety of textures and finishes using these formulations.

3. Acrylic coatings are still one of the best choices for green outdoor applications. These are highly-resistant to exposure from the elements. The coatings also dry faster than regular exterior coats.

4. To complement green paints, paint supplies are also going green. Painting contractors can choose from recycled paint brushes with nylon-bristles or recycled paint rollers. Biodegradable trays produced from paper pulp by-products and other earth-friendly tools and materials are being used by painting contractors in building constructions and maintenance.

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