One of the leading voices in helping guide architects, designers, owners,
general contractors, and engineers to comply with new LEED v4 requirements
is Mike Leonard of greenSTUDIO.
A LEED AP since 2002, Leonard was elevated to a LEED Fellow in 2015.
Today the licensed architect advises leading design teams and owners
on LEED v4 best practices through the Nashville-based consultancy,
greenSTUDIO, a division of Hastings Architecture Associates, where he
serves as managing principal.
“LEED v4 is di;erent. It introduces new terms and new third-party testing
protocols that product manufacturers have to meet. That’s where PPG
comes in,” Leonard explains.
PPG: SUSTAINABILITY LEADER
The PPG PAINTS™ brand ensures its products are well vetted to support
green-building initiatives, including LEED v4. “That helps us as LEED v4
facilitators. PPG is one of the most proactive groups out there,” he reports.
PPG’s deep commitment to sustainability is no surprise to any design
professional or product specifier who carefully reviews coatings suppliers.
The company’s sustainability vision manifests itself in many ways, most
notably through rigorous progress assessment. “For example, one of our
corporate goals is to achieve a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas
intensity by 2020 from a 2012 baseline. We’re currently at a 29 percent
reduction. We’re well ahead of goal,” says Dan Passinault, PPG director
of innovation and architectural coatings.
The company has documented its sustainability goals in its 2016
Sustainability Report. The Report presents an assortment of goals and
the progress reached to date.
Aggressively complying with LEED v4’s documentation requirements includes
the delivery of an assortment of product-specific disclosure materials. Today
PPGPaints brand supports LEED v4 certification with:
• Low-Emitting Products credit
• Building Product Disclosure and Optimization, Environmental Product
• Building Product Disclosure and Optimization, Material Ingredients credit
PPG o;ers a variety of zero- or low-VOC* paints, allowing its customers
to contribute to their sustainable structures. The company is committed
to o;ering products that meet the most stringent VOC standards while
delivering the performance its customers expect.
For those who want to meet local or national VOC regulations, qualify for
LEED credits or attempt to minimize the overall environmental footprint of
their buildings, PPGPaints products can help.
This professional-grade zero-VOC* interior vinyl acrylic is formulated to meet
the performance requirements of professional applicators. It’s a low-odor
paint ideal for painting occupied spaces while delivering the durable product
performance required. SPEEDHIDE zero provides good hide, touch-up,
application properties and antimicrobial properties that resist mold and
mildew stains on the dry paint film.
Not only is the paint e;ective, it also meets the most stringent VOC*
regulations nationwide, meets MPI† approval and conforms to the standards
of USGBC LEED® 2009, CAGBC LEED® 2009, SCAQMD, CARB 2000 SCM,
OTC, LADCO, US National AIM and CHPS.
*Colorants added to this base paint may increase VOC level significantly
depending on color choice.
© 2017 PPG Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The PPGLOGO is a registered trademark and PPGPaints is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
Speedhide is a registered trademark of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc.
LEED®—an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™— is a registered trademark of the U. S. Green Building Council®.
AN ENDURING COMMITMENT
The U.S. Green Building Council® cites more than
200 changes between LEED® 2009 and LEED v4
for Building Design & Construction. Notable among
them? New requirements for product transparency