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Green Paints in Schools and Health Care

Paint, green, VOCs, standards, greenguard

Facility managers in schools and health care facilities may want to use the "greenest" paints and coating they can find. VOCs from paints affect children, elderly and the sick more than a typical healthy adult.

Besides the usual green paint certifications, Greenguard also has a standard called Greenguard Children & Schools certification. The chemical emission limits are more stringent to protect children, the elderly and the immuno-compromised.

For a list of low-emitting paint and coating products, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools is a good resource. The organization's product database is still in beta form, and not many paint products are listed, but it can serve as an additional resource for facility managers on the hunt for low-emitting paints.

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