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.