Green Seal Launches New Paint Certification Standard

September 22, 2021

Green Seal® has launched a new certification standard for paints and coatings in alignment with the latest version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (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 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.”

Green Seal certification restricts volatile organic compound (VOC) chemical content and requires VOC emissions testing to ensure healthier indoor air. The new certification also restricts:

  • Carcinogens
  • Reproductive toxins
  • Hazardous air pollutants
  • Preservatives that emit formaldehyde
  • Heavy metals
  • Alkylphenol ethoxylates, and a host of other harmful chemicals.

In addition, Green Seal certification ensures that certified products use environmentally preferable packaging materials and contain ingredients that are safer for water bodies.