Paints: A Green by Design Buying Guide

Paints: A Green by Design Buying Guide

This Green by Design buyers guide is created to help you choose eco-friendly paints that can help protect the environment and are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other toxic chemicals.

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A Factsheet from Austin Energy's Green Building Program: Low and No-VOC Paints

A Factsheet from Austin Energy's Green Building Program: Low and No-VOC Paints

Paint choice should high on the list when building a green home. While paint color and finish have a major impact on the overall aesthetics of a space, the paint itself may have a major negative impact on the healthfulness of a home.

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Finishing the Home Interior

Finishing the Home Interior

Finishing the interior of a new home to meet green building objectives involves installing energy and water efficient appliances, and using non-toxic paints and sealants for walls, woodwork, floors and cabinets.

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Painting: A Guide To Selecting Environmentally Friendly Paint

Painting: A Guide To Selecting Environmentally Friendly Paint

There are three types of eco-friendly paints: natural paints, low VOC paints, and zero VOC paints.

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Green Remodeling With Eco Friendly Paint

Green Remodeling With Eco Friendly Paint

The airborne chemicals released during painting, after the paint has dried, and when paint is removed, are considered VOCs (volatile organic compounds). The concentration of these pollutants can be up to ten times higher inside your home than out of doors, due to a lack of ventilation.

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Green Home Remodel: Healthy Homes for a Healthy Environment - Painting

Green Home Remodel: Healthy Homes for a Healthy Environment - Painting

Few things can dramatically change a home's interior or exterior so quickly and cheaply as a new coat of paint. But paint products and the painting process itself can compromise indoor air quality and create unexpected hazards. By selecting the...

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What to Do with Leftover Paint

What to Do with Leftover Paint

There are some simple solutions to the problem of leftover paint, but, sometimes you just want to get rid of it. Oil-based paints should not be thrown in the normal trash because they are hazardous waste. Latex paint has a...

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Your Guide to Low-VOC and Zero-VOC Paints

Your Guide to Low-VOC and Zero-VOC Paints

When it comes to comparing paint for its green qualities, the lower the VOC number, the better. The lowest VOC amounts are generally found in light colored, flat, latez paint, but to learn about additional color and finish options, this chart compares low-voc products from 30 companies.

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"Green" Paint

As a green homeowner, you can easily avoid generating pollution and unsafe living spaces and still have beautiful walls of any color by using low-VOC, zero-VOC, recycled, or natural paints.

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Green Living and Housekeeping

Green Living and Housekeeping

Many common household cleaning products contain alcohols, ammonia, bleach, formaldehyde, and lye which may cause many health issues. This fact sheet from Build It Green addresses how to keep your home looking its best, while at the same time, providing a safe environment for the inhabitants.

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Why Pay More for Paint?

Why Pay More for Paint?

Good paint and cheap paint look the same in the can; where they differ is in the binders, pigments, and additives the manufacturer has used to make them.

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Green Home Remodel: Painting

Green Home Remodel: Painting

Learn how to buy the right amoutn of paint in the least toxic formulation to avoid waste and harmful chemicals.

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Improve the indoor air quality in your home with low- and zero-VOC paints. These sustainable paints are formulated to be safe for indoor use and reduce environmental impact.

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