New paint certification meets LEED v4/4.1 criteria and qualifies products for Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly badge.
Washington, DC — Green Seal® today 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.
This paint certification is the only mark in the marketplace to automatically 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.”
According to said Melissa Baker, SVP, LEED Technical Development, USGBC, “LEED certification encourages the uptake of sustainable practices, including the use of low-emitting indoor materials that protect human health. This 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.”
The certification indicates a paint or coating product is safer for people and the planet than similar products while providing uncompromising performance. It 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 restrict the following:
- 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, the certification ensures that certified products use environmentally preferable packaging materials and contain ingredients that are safer for water bodies.
During a time of increased concern about indoor air quality, Green Seal-certified products are trusted and specified by institutional purchasers and facility managers across the world.
In addition, consumer publications ranging from The Washington Post to The Spruce to Bob Vila consistently cite this certification as the benchmark for healthier paints. In 2020 alone, paints and coatings certified to Green Seal standards prevented more than half a million pounds of VOC pollution throughout at least 120 million square feet of LEED-certified building space.
Learn more about the paint leadership standard and other-certified products here.
ABOUT GREEN SEAL, INC.
Green Seal® is a global nonprofit organization with a mission to transform the economy for a healthier, greener world. Since 1989, Green Seal has applied rigorous standards for health, environmental sustainability, and product performance to its certification programs to empower better purchasing decisions.
Green Seal has certified thousands of products, services, and spaces from hundreds of leading companies including 3M, Ecolab, Georgia Pacific, Hilton, Marriott, and Staples, and is specified by countless schools, government agencies, businesses, and institutions. Today, the Green Seal certification mark is a universal symbol that a product or service meets the highest benchmark of health and environmental leadership.