PaintSquare Connect 2020 |


Support for Sustainable Projects 

Originally Presented: Tuesday, November 10, 2020

When working on a sustainable building project, high-performance coatings might not be the first thing you think about, since traditional coatings are too high in VOCs and emissions to meet the strict requirements of green certification programs. But sometimes high-performance coatings are still an important factor in these projects. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and Living Building Challenge (LBC) standards limit the amount of allowable emissions from coatings. National air district regulations also narrow the field of choices for eco-conscious coatings applicators. All of these sustainability requirements have restricted the use of solvent-borne products, but some coating manufacturers have inventive, low-emitting coating systems. In this presentation, we will review common green-building programs, discuss the qualifications of these sustainable building protocols, and explain what contractors may encounter with coating selection and use as well as required documentation for the owner.

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas is responsible for marketing the company’s many coating products, managing its brands and directing its sales initiatives. Since joining the company’s marketing department in 1996, he has worked extensively on product introductions and promotions, collaborating with various departments in the company, including research and development and technical service. In his day-to-day work, Thomas supervises and coordinates Tnemec’s marketing department, inside sales team and segments of the sales department. In addition to his Tnemec experience, he is a LEED AP BD+C and NACE CIP Level 2 Coating Inspector. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications, both from the University of Kansas.

Cory Brown

With over 20 years in the coating industry, Cory Brown understands the critical role of quality coating technology and well-rounded technical support. His experience as a member of the Tnemec team includes seven years as a senior technical service representative and five years as a production supervisor responsible for managing the daily operations of three departments at Tnemec. Cory is a certified coating inspector with NACE International and is active in the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC). Brown graduated from Park University in Parkville, Missouri, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and recently received his MBA from University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).


Tnemec Company, Inc.

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