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 organizationsDownload PDF
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®)
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 www.usgbc.org.
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: www.cagbc.net
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
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 paintinfo.com
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: www.paintinfo.com
California Air Resources Board (CARB)
South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)
Ozone Transport Commission (OTC)
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: www.otcair.org
Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI)
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 & Schools℠ 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: www.greenguard.org.
Note: New GREENGUARD Marks combine the GREENGUARD and UL names: GREENGUARD Children & Schools℠, becomes GREENGUARD Gold. GREENGUARD IAQ becomes GREENGUARD certified.
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