WASHINGTON — Green Seal® recently announced a new certification standard for paints and coatings that fully aligns with the latest version of the LEED® green building rating system. Products certified to Green Seal’s updated paint standard are designated by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as complying with the requirements for the LEED v4 and v4.1 low-emitting materials credit.
Green Seal’s paint certification is the only mark in the marketplace to qualify products for both LEED v4.1 credit requirements and Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly badge, making it simple for health-focused buyers to identify safer products. The updated GS-11 Standard for Paints, Coatings, Stains and Sealers is also compliant with WELL v.1 and Fitwell standards.
“Green Seal's paint standard has rewarded leading manufacturers for low-VOC content, safer formulas, and effective functional performance since it was first issued nearly 30 years ago,” said Doug Gatlin, CEO of Green Seal. “With our latest standard update, purchasers, facility managers, and consumers can confidently choose paints that fully align with LEED v4.1 green building certification and are verified to the highest standard of health, safety, and functional performance.”
“LEED certification encourages the uptake of sustainable practices, including the use of low-emitting indoor materials that protect human health,” said Melissa Baker, SVP, LEED Technical Development, USGBC. “Green Seal’s updated paint certification raises the bar for protecting indoor environmental quality and offers a simple and effective path for complying with our most health-protective requirements in LEED.”
Green Seal’s certification indicates a paint or coating product is safer for people and the planet than similar products while providing uncompromising performance. Green Seal restricts VOC chemical content and requires VOC emissions testing to ensure healthier indoor air quality. Unlike single-attribute certifications that focus solely on VOC emissions, Green Seal’s standard also restricts carcinogens, reproductive toxins, hazardous air pollutants, preservatives that emit formaldehyde, heavy metals, alkylphenol ethoxylates, and a host of other harmful chemicals, ensuring certified products are safer for building occupants while providing uncompromising functional performance. In addition, Green Seal ensures that certified products use environmentally preferable packaging materials and contain ingredients that are safer for water bodies.
Learn more about Green Seal’s paint certification program here.