American Coatings Association


The paint and coatings industry has a long history of embracing sustainable practices by providing paint and coatings that protect and decorate the surfaces of buildings and structures, ships, planes, and automobiles, as well as coatings that provide energy efficiency, disease prevention, and “self-repairing” surface treatments. The paint and coatings industry has been a leader in recycling and recovering resources, eliminating hazardous emissions, offering products formulated to meet specific safety requirements, conducting “life-cycle assessments” to evaluate the relevant environmental impacts that come from preserving and protecting the global infrastructure, and implementing worker and community health and safety programs to protect the workforce that manufactures its products and the communities that use paints and coatings.

Within the sustainability movement, green building standards and codes have evolved from little-known voluntary building certification programs to fundamentally changing the new commercial and residential construction market in the U.S. over the past decade. Green building standards and codes – such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System – contain specific requirements and restrictions for paint, coatings, adhesives, and sealants applied in building construction and renovation.

ACA supports the underlying goals of the green building movement and engages in the process to develop these rating systems and codes.

ACA Sustainability Policy

Sustainability


Green Building Resources

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Product Category Rule (PCR) for Architectural Coatings

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) for Architectural Coatings is now available for free, and will allow for the publication of verifiable Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).


Conflict Minerals

On August 22, 2012, the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) finalized the Conflict Minerals Rule voting 3-2 to adopt the rule, pursuant to section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Act of 2010. The Conflict Minerals Rule aims to end the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the adjoining region. This conflict has been partially financed by the trade of certain minerals, known as “conflict minerals,” in the DRC and in surrounding countries. The rule requires all U.S. publicly traded companies to conduct supply chain due diligence to determine the origin of minerals that have been associated with the on-going conflict in the DRC. The rule took effect on January 1, 2013 and requires annual reporting.

 

For more information:

Marie Clarke
Counsel
202-719-3682

Tim Wieroniey
EHS Specialist
202-719-3687


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