Download the Green Programs & VOC Regulated Area Reference Guide for the latest list of Sherwin-Williams products that meet or contribute toward the guidelines set forth by each of these organizations

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Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®)

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) green building certification program was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to provide a consistent, credible set of standards for environmentally sustainable construction.  The certification program consists of several different rating systems that each have their own project requirements for LEED certification, depending on the project or building type, such as schools, homes, healthcare facilities, or commercial interiors.  Project requirements are divided into categories, allotting a certain number of credits that a project can “earn” in each category to satisfy green  building requirements.  For instance, “Materials & Resources” credits encourage using sustainable building materials and reducing waste, and the “Indoor Environmental Quality” credits promote better indoor air quality.  The total number of credits earned in all categories determines a project’s level of LEED certification.  

This reference guide includes several LEED Rating Systems and lists the Sherwin-Williams products that contribute toward satisfying LEED’s criteria under IEQ 4.2 Low Emitting Materials credit category under each system and others.  Products are not reviewed or certified under LEED. LEED credit requirements cover the performance of materials in aggregate, not the performance of individual products or brands. Review the LEED Rating Systems included in this guide and then consult with a Sherwin-Williams Company Representative to ensure the most appropriate product selections for your next LEED®-registered project. For more information on LEED, visit

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Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC)

This organization’s mission is to accelerate the design and construction of green buildings in Canada by working to change industry standards, developing best design practices and guidelines, advocating for green buildings and developing educational tools to implement  sustainable design and construction practices.  Like USGBC, CaGBC offers a number of LEED® Canada rating systems to meet the needs of different building and project types, and allows paints and coatings to be used to earn credits as low emitting materials in the Indoor Environmental Quality Category. For more information visit:

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National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

A collaborative effort between the International Code Council (ICC) and NAHB, the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard™ ICC 700-2012(“NGBS”) is the only residential green building rating system approved by ANSI as an American National Standard. The NGBS provides practices for the design and construction of all types of green residential buildings, renovations, and land developments. The green aspects of the NGBS include lot design, preparation and development; resource, energy and water efficiency; indoor environmental quality; and operation, maintenance and building owner education. For more information visit:

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Master Painters Institute™ (MPI)

The MPI’s Green Performance® Standard (GPS-1-12) requires that the manufacturer demonstrate that VOC concentrations of the product shall not exceed those listed at

MPI Green Performance® Standard (GPS-2-12) provides for a maximum allowable limit of 50 g/L of VOCs.

MPI’s X-Green Performance Standard simplifies the process of specifying environmentally-safe interior high quality architectural coatings by establishing ‘X-Green’ editions of MPI’s existing paint categories. X-Green certification requires performance i.e. as it relates to durability; VOC <50 g/l; reduced or zero quantities of various undesirable chemical components; and certification of emissions compliance to CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools). Paint suppliers who already have products approved in an MPI paint category can be listed in the corresponding X-Green category by meeting MPI’s GPS-2 requirement, which requires a maximum 50 g/l VOC, and submitting third-party test results verifying they meet CHPS emission requirements. For more information visit:

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California Air Resources Board (CARB)

California’s Legislature established CARB in 1967 to improve and maintain healthy air quality and conduct research into the causes of and solutions to air pollution in the State. CARB has authority to set and enforce emission standards for motor vehicles, fuels, and consumer products; set health-based air quality standards; monitor air quality; identify and set control measures for toxic air contaminants and oversee local air quality districts. To help control the State’s significant smog levels, CARB has established much stricter regulatory requirements than most of the U.S. regarding VOC emission levels in hundreds of consumer products, including paints and other architectural coatings. For more information visit:

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South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)

South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the smoggiest region of the U.S.  SCAQMD develops plans and regulations designed to improve air quality by reducing VOC emissions.  These plans are then submitted for approval to the EPA and CARB to ensure compliance with their respective Clean Air Acts.  Sherwin-Williams offers a range of paints and coatings that meet SCAQMD’s strict regulatory VOC limits under Rule 1113. For further information visit SCAQMD’s webpage:

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Ozone Transport Commission (OTC)

The Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) is a multi-state organization created under the Clean Air Act (CAA). It is responsible for advising EPA on transport issues and for developing and implementing regional solutions to the ground-level ozone problem in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

OTC brings together the states from Virginia to Maine to coordinate reductions in air pollution that benefit the whole region. The OTC provides air pollution assessment, technical support and a forum through which states can work together to harmonize their pollution reduction strategies. OTC members include: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia. If the project is located with in the OTC region, one must comply with the applicable VOC standards since each of the OTC states adopt their own rule. For more information visit:

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Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI)

The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) strives to protect human health and quality of life by establishing standards and certification programs to reduce exposure to chemicals and to improve indoor air quality. GREENGUARD Certified products are certified to GREENGUARD standards for low chemical emissions into indoor air during product usage. For more information, visit

GREENGUARD’S IAQ Standard for Building Materials, Finishes and Furnishings is a nationally recognized voluntary standard that establishes requirements for qualifying paints and coatings as certified low-emitting products for indoor environments. Emission criteria are established for total VOC (TVOC), formaldehyde, total aldehydes, all individual chemicals with currently published Threshold Limit Values (TLVs), respirable particles and certain odorants and irritants. In addition, all products are screened and reported for carcinogens and reproductive toxins as listed by key government and regulatory programs.

GREENGUARD Children & Schoolsâ„   Standard for products intended for use in schools, daycares or other environments where children spend significant periods of time, the GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification ProgramSM offers stricter certification criteria. It is referenced by both The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System. Products certified to this standard are also suitable for use in environments where children and others work, play or reside. GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified products can be used to earn valuable credits in the CHPS Best Practices Manual for K-12 schools, the US Green Building Council’s LEED® Green Building Rating Systems, the Green Guide for Healthcare, the NAHB Green Building Guidelines, Green Globes, Regreen and many other building codes, standards and specifications. This reference guide also includes Sherwin-Williams products that have undergone GreenGuard’s rigorous testing and achieved certification under both the GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality and the Children & Schools Standards. Further information and copies of certifications for Sherwin-Williams products can be obtained by visiting:

Note: New GREENGUARD Marks combine the GREENGUARD and UL names: GREENGUARD Children & Schoolsâ„ , becomes GREENGUARD Gold. GREENGUARD IAQ becomes GREENGUARD certified.

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Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)

“The mission of the Collaborative for High Performance  Schools is to facilitate the design, construction and operation of high performance schools: environments that are not only energy and resource efficient, but also healthy, comfortable, well lit, and containing the amenities for a quality education. “CHPS helps facilitate and inspire change in our educational system. The goals of CHPS are to: Increase student performance with better-designed and healthier facilities, Raise awareness of the impact and advantages of high performance schools, Provide professionals with better tools to facilitate effective design, construction and maintenance of high performance schools, Increase school energy and resource efficiency, and Reduce peak electric loads.”

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