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Understanding LEED v4

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC®), through its Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification program is the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings.

USGBC announced a new version of the standard (LEED v4) in November 2013 with implementation by Oct 31, 2016. This updated rating system includes product transparency, whole building life-cycle analysis, and new energy standards - believed to provide a framework for holistic green buildings.

USGBC LEED v4 works for all buildings - from homes to corporate headquarters - at all phases of development. Projects pursuing LEED v4 certification earn points across several areas intended to address sustainability issues. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Projects might encompass the following common market sectors:

  • New Construction
  • Core and Shell Development
  • Schools
  • Retail
  • Data Centers
  • Warehouses & Distribution Centers
  • Hospitality
  • Healthcare
  • Commercial Interiors

 

PPG Paints products can help earn LEED v4 Points in the following categories and credits:

 

Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ)

EQ Credit: Low-Emitting Materials

The intent of the credit is to reduce concentrations of chemical contaminants that can damage air quality, human health, productivity, and the environment. This requires that our paints meet both VOC content (Total Volatile Organic Compounds - TVOC) and certified emissions requirements.

 

Materials and Resources (MR)

MR Credit: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Environmental Product Declarations

This credit encourages the use of products for which life-cycle information is available. PPG Paints Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) are third-party Product Specific Type III EPDs conforming to ISO 14025.

 

MR Credit: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Material Ingredients

Developed to encourage the use of products for which the chemical ingredients in a product are reported. PPG Paints complies with Option 1, Material Ingredient Reporting through full disclosures in compliance with the Health Product Declaration Open Standard.

PPG Paints has a wide range of products that can help you earn USGBC LEED v4 points. Scroll down to view the products.

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Key Terms for LEED v4

Environmental Product Declarations (EPD): the summary document of data collected in the Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) as specified by a relevant Product Category Rule (PCR). EPDs can enable comparison between products if the underlying studies and assumptions are similar. 

Life Cycle Assessment or Analysis (LCA): a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life from cradle to grave (i.e., from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling), as defined in ISO 14040.

Product Category Rule (PCR): defines the rules and requirements for creating EPDs of a certain product category, as described in ISO 14025. PCRs allow for review and comparison of different environmental product attributes among products in a defined category.

Health Product Declaration (HPD): document used to report building product content and associated health information.  Chemical substances are screened against the HPD Priority Hazard Lists for human and environmental health impacts.

PPG Paints has a wide range of products that can help you earn USGBC LEED v4 points. Scroll down to view the products.

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PPG’s Commitment to LEED v4

We at PPG are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality paints and coatings. With the implementation of LEED v4 we are proud to say that PPG has the products you need.  Our goal is to develop and provide product options for the architects and designers selecting the products, the applicators using the products and the people that occupy the space. 

We are committed to LEED v4…Because Every Job Matters®.

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LEED v4 Product Portfolio

 

Primers

 

PURE PERFORMANCE® Interior Acrylic Primer

9-900

Emissions Tested

 

HPD

 

SPEEDHIDE® zero Interior Latex Primer

6-4900XI

Emissions Tested

 

HPD

EPD

SPEEDHIDE® Interior Latex Primer

6-2

Emissions Tested

 

 

 

SEAL GRIP® Acrylic Universal Primer

17-921

Emissions Tested

 

 

 

SEAL GRIP® Acrylic Primer/Finish

17-951

Emissions Tested

 

 

 

PITT-TECH® Plus DTM Acrylic Primer

90-912

Emissions Tested

 

 

 

 

Flat

 

PURE PERFORMANCE® Interior Acrylic Flat

9-100

Emissions Tested

 

HPD

 

SPEEDHIDE® zero Interior Latex Flat

6-4110XI

Emissions Tested

 

HPD

EPD

SPEEDHIDE® Interior Latex Flat

6-70

Emissions Tested

 

 

 

ULTRA-HIDE® 150 Interior Latex Flat

1210

Emissions Tested

 

 

 

 

Eggshell

 

PURE PERFORMANCE® Interior Acrylic Eggshell

9-300XI

Emissions Tested

 

HPD

 

SPEEDHIDE® zero Interior Latex Eggshell

6-4310XI

Emissions Tested

 

HPD

EPD

SPEEDHIDE® Interior Latex Eggshell

6-411

Emissions Tested

 

 

EPD

ULTRA-HIDE® 150 Interior Latex Eggshell

1412

Emissions Tested

 

 

 

ULTRA-HIDE® 150 Interior Latex Low Sheen Eggshell

1410

Emissions Tested

 

 

 

PITT-GLAZE WB1 Pre-Cat Acrylic Eggshell Epoxy

16-310

Emissions Tested

 

 

EPD

 

Satin

 

SPEEDHIDE® zero Interior Latex Satin

6-4410XI

Emissions Tested

 

HPD

EPD

ULTRA-HIDE® 150 Interior Latex Lo Lustre

1433

Emissions Tested

 

 

 

BREAK-THROUGH!® Satin Water-Borne Acrylic

V51-410

Emissions Tested

 

 

 

 

Semi-Gloss

 

PURE PERFORMANCE® Interior Acrylic Semi-Gloss

9-500

Emissions Tested

 

HPD

 

SPEEDHIDE® zero Interior Latex Semi-Gloss

6-4510XI

Emissions Tested

 

HPD

EPD

SPEEDHIDE® Interior Latex Semi-Gloss

6-500

Emissions Tested

 

 

 

ULTRA-HIDE® 150 Interior Latex Semi-Gloss

1416

Emissions Tested

 

 

 

PITT-TECH® Plus DTM Acrylic Semi-Gloss

90-1210

Emissions Tested

 

 

 

PITT-GLAZE® WB1 Pre-Cat Epoxy Semi-Gloss

16-510

Emissions Tested

 

 

EPD

 

Gloss

 

BREAK-THROUGH!® Gloss Water-Borne Acrylic

V71-610

Emissions Tested

 

 

 

 

Dry Falls

 

SPEEDHIDE® SUPER TECH® Interior Latex Flat Dryfall

6-725XI

Emissions Tested

 

 

EPD

SPEEDHIDE® SUPER TECH® Interior Latex Semi-Gloss Dryfall

6-724XI

Emissions Tested

 

 

EPD

 

 

For more information, copies of any of the above documents, or for any questions please call 1-888-PPG-IDEA.