Hi everyone! Thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog! Today we are going to talk a little about Sherwin-Williams Eco-Friendly line.
Sherwin-Williams has a new line of non-toxic, earth-friendly products.
These new paints allow us to take green living to a whole new level! ⛰🍀
One of the main things we will be discussing today is VOC levels -(Volatile organic compounds) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects
We use harmony on most of our interior projects!! It has ZERO VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) AND includes and antimicrobial agents that resist the growth of mold and mildew on the paint film and inhibit the growth of bacterial odors.
- ENERGY STAR ® : a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that identifies energy-efficient products and practices. In 2007, Americans using ENERGY STAR-certified products avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 27 million cars – while saving $16 billion in utility bills. Learn more about ENERGY STAR.
- Forest Stewardship Council : a nonprofit organization that sets high standards for the environmental, social and economic management of forests. FSC-certified products must meet or exceed these standards.
Green Label: the Carpet and Rug Institute gives this designation to low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) carpet, cushions and adhesives. The very lowest-VOC products are labeled Green Label Plus.
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ : a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Learn what the U.S. Green Building Council has in store for LEED in 2009.
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio): a measure of efficiency for air conditioners or heat pumps. The SEER rating is the British thermal unit of cooling output during a typical cooling-season divided by the total electric energy input in watt-hours during the same period. Current federal law mandates that every central split cooling system manufactured or sold in the United States today have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio of at least 13.
To make sure all of your products are green: look for these labels!
Compact fluorescent lamp (CFL): an energy-saving light bulb rapidly replacing traditional incandescent bulbs.
Low- or zero-VOC paint: water-based latex paints that emit fewer harmful VOCs than regular latex paint. To be considered low-VOC, flat paint levels can’t exceed 100 grams of VOCs per liter and non-flat paint (semi-gloss, gloss, eggshell or satin) can’t exceed 150 grams of VOC per liter. Low- or no-VOC paint may also contain antimicrobial properties which resist mildew, bacteria and other microbes while maintaining durability and a fresh appearance longer.
Organic cotton and wool: eco-friendly bedding choices for sheets and mattresses. Be careful, though; cotton can be treated with toxic dyes and synthetic chemicals in the finishing process and still be labeled “organic.”
Natural latex: a type of mold- and mildew-resistant latex used in mattresses that contains no toxic substances and emits neither fumes nor ozone-depleting gases. Its hypoallergenic qualities make it a good choice for allergy sufferers.
- Learn more about Sherwin-Williams green solutions.
Jason, Sherwin-Williams representative met with Darrin, one of the owners of the company to discuss most of the products we use on an interior project.
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