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Painting Services Goes "Green"

Superior Solutions for Demanding Environments and a Commitment to Excellence!

Hann & Hann, Inc. Painting Services are proud to use products that are low VOC and are awarded the Green Seal® Class "A" Certification.

Many commercial and industrial clients are turning to low VOC paint to reflect their progressive attitude towards environmentally friendly products and practices. Educational and medical institutions were the first to commit to using these coatings, which emit minimal pollutants into the air. As the trend becomes more commonplace, clients are realizing that they can save money while saving the environment.

Paints that have low or no volatile organic compounds (VOC's) are categorized as environmentally friendly because the emission of VOC's into the air is a type of air pollution. Generally, non-flat paints with no more than 150 grams of VOC's per liter (g/L) of product are considered low VOC, regardless of any lack of certification, such as one from the united States Green Building Council (www.usgbc.org), which rates and certifies projects. The USGBC follows the requirements for paint in GS-11,a regulation of Green Seal, inc. (www.greenseal.org), a non-profit that provides science-based environmental certification standards.

 

Other organizations to be familiar with include the Ozone Transport Commission (www.otcair.org), a multi-state organization created under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The OTC's mission is to develop and implement regional solutions to the ground-level ozone problem in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. OTC develops model rules for environmental air quality that pertain to the paint industry, which the states implement. The GREENGUARD Environmental institute (www.greenguard.org) is an industry independent, non-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification Program. As an ANSI Authorized Standards Developer, GEI establishes acceptable indoor air standards for indoor products, environments, and buildings.

Aren't "green" products more expensive? Sometimes, yes. Manufactures have invested significant sums to create new formulations, and innovation can be pricey. Special ingredients-sometimes chosen because they are a sustainable resource - might also be to blame. Lastly, there is a cost to certification, branding and promoting the "green" character of a product. The low VOC products most commonly used for our clients can be purchased in large volumes for the same price as non-complying coatings; in smaller quantities, there can be a 5-25% premium.

 

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