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What Makes a Paint Sustainable: VOCs and Beyond

Continuing Education

Learn At Your Own Pace - You can take this course and follow along at your own pace. Speed up, slow down, or stop now and finish later. Click "Take the Course Test" to go straight to the test and earn your credits. You'll know immediately if you have earned credits and you will be able to print out your certificate of completion instantly.

Learning Objectives - At the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Explain how to select the most sustainable paints and coatings, considering key measures of long term sustainability such as preservation of natural resources and reduction of carbon footprint.
  2. Examine the long term sustainability of paint products by analyzing their entire life cycle from manufacturing to disposal or reuse.
  3. Explain the characteristics of both content and emission VOCs and other hazardous chemicals, and how to select paints to protect the environment and the building

AIA logo Credits: 1 AIA LU/HSW
Can the right paint help protect ecosystems and preserve natural resources? This course presents ways to evaluate and verify the answer to that question. Until recently, most concerns about the sustainability of paint and other architectural coatings focused almost entirely on VOCs (volatile organic compounds). But new technology such as water-based formulas, light reflective palettes, sustainable graffiti removal systems and many others, together with a new commitment on the part of some manufacturers, are leading to paint products that are sustainable in ways far beyond their low or zero VOC levels. This course is a comprehensive guide to measuring sustainability in paints, coatings and related products throughout their life cycle, from manufacturing and application to long term durability and environmentally conscious disposal, while still taking advantage of a wide range of design options and performance features such as high gloss, long scrub cycles, high color retention and superior hiding ability.

Course Outline:

This course is a presentation designed to earn you 1.00 AIA/CES Learning Unit. Use the onscreen controls to pace the presentation to your liking, and then click "Take the Course Test" to take the exam for this course and earn your credit.

This test is no longer available for credit


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