Dunn-Edwards is making it easier for architects, designers and contractors involved in green building projects to navigate the complicated requirements for paint and coatings. The paint maker has published the Green Building Guide, a quick-read reference book for professionals who are developing projects in the southwest U.S. marketplace.
There is a section devoted to explaining the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Program—what it is, how it works and how projects can become LEED certified. It also includes details about LEED’s environmental requirements for paint, along with a list of LEED-compliant paint products.
Another section spells out codes and procedures established by California’s CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) program, which are even more stringent than LEED requirements. The book includes “Section 01350,” which addresses emission testing standards for paint and coatings, and details about how points are awarded.
“This is a real time-saver, as we have compiled all the key information about these major green building programs,” explained Robert Wendoll, director of environmental affairs for Dunn-Edwards. “Throughout our 80-year history, we have understood that creating a premium product isn’t enough; our company must focus on preserving the environment and protecting human health and safety. The tremendous growth in eco-efficient green buildings is fantastic and we applaud those in the industry who are working to make a difference.”
In 1983, Dunn-Edwards voluntarily removed ethylene glycol (EG), a hazardous air pollutant and toxic air contaminant, from its water-based paints. It continues to be the only major manufacturer in the paint industry with all EG-free products.