White Paper Helps Architects Earn Green Certification for Building Projects

PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) has published a white paper detailing how PPG paint, glass and coatings can help building projects earn "green" certification.

The eight-page document primarily references Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria published by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), but it also demonstrates how environmental claims for PPG's paint, glass and coatings can apply to Green Globes, BREEAM, CASBEE, Green Star and other international green building certification criteria.

The white paper is divided into three sections - one each for paint, glass and coatings - that explain how individual PPG products can help building projects earn LEED credit for Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), Materials and Resources (MR), Energy and Atmosphere (EA) and Innovation in Design (ID).

James J. Bogdan, PPG manager, green building initiatives, construction market team, said the white paper is part of a comprehensive program to support architects in their green building efforts. "The principles and practices of green building are constantly evolving," he said. "This white paper coincides with the release of the latest LEED 3.0 criteria, but the guidelines apply to any architects, engineers or owners who want to make their buildings healthier, safer, more comfortable and more energy-efficient."

PPG maintains an in-house green certification support network that provides architects and general contractors with documentation assistance for LEED and other green building programs. Online resources include downloadable volatile organic compound (VOC) compliance guidelines, sample spreadsheets for VOC budget calculations, solar reflectance ratings for metal roof coatings, links to green product directories and contact information for PPG-certified fabricators, applicators, manufacturers and retail outlets to encourage regional sourcing of building products.

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