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Los Angeles Mayor Signs Green Directive

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed off on “L.A.’s Green New Deal: Leading by Example” earlier this month, kicking off the city’s “Decade of Action.”


PPG, Dow Work to Reduce Carbon Impacts

Last week, global coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced that it was collaborating with the Dow Chemical Company in its Sustainable Future Program.


PPG Announces EPD for Epoxy Coating

Earlier this week, global coatings company PPG announced that its Aquapon WB EP waterborne epoxy coating is now eligible to obtain LEED points in several categories.


Coolest White Paint on Display in Exhibit

The “extremely reflective” white paint developed by UNStudio (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and Monopol Colors (Fislisbach, Switzerland) is now on display for all to see.


Canada GBC Celebrates Zero-Carbon Certificates

The Canada Green Building Council is celebrating its first 10 certifications, it announced at the end of last month.


Indonesian Paint Co. Sets CA-Based Green Code

Indonesian paint company PT Mowilex has recently published a guide that classifies its products in terms of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions, according to a press release.


Bio-Based Coatings Used on Mycelium Pavilion

This year’s Dutch Design Week—which was held Oct. 19-27—featured a new pop-up performance pavilion that was constructed entirely of bio-based materials.


Sustainable Paint Uses Recycled Plastic

In collaboration with global coatings firm AkzoNobel, the University of Sheffield has reported that its researchers have successfully mimicked the color of the Cyphochilus beetle’s scales, o...


Studio Develops ‘The Coolest White’ Paint

UNStudio (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and Monopol Colors (Fislisbach, Switzerland) recently developed an extremely reflective white paint that reduces the amount of absorbable heat on buildings,...


Smart Surfaces Coalition Launches

Late last week, more than 20 organizations announced the formation of the Smart Surfaces Coalition, a group dedicated to helping cities adopt cost-effective solutions to cut excess heat days...


Research: Coating Could Protect Wood Pellets

In response to the growing global demand for energy and the increased used of wood pellets as a greener solution, nanotechnology company Integricote, based at the University of Houston’s Tec...


Houston Startup's Coating Protects Wood Pellets

In response to the growing global demand for energy and the increased used of wood pellets as a greener solution, nanotechnology company Integricote, based at the University of Houston’s Tec...


Biobased Coatings Europe 2018 to Kick Off

Biobased Coatings Europe 2018 begins Wednesday in Antwerp, Belgium, promising two days of presentations and networking for those involved in the production and distribution of biobased coati...


Biobased Coatings Europe Conference Set to Begin

Biobased Coatings Europe 2018 begins Wednesday (June 20) in Antwerp, Belgium, promising two days of presentations and networking for those involved in the production and distribution of biob...


PPG Releases 2017 Sustainability Report

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) recently released its 2017 Sustainability Report, which details the company’s progress in strengthening operations and attaining its sustainability g...


Firm Introduces Renewable Polyols

Global specialty chemicals supplier Perstorp recently announced the introduction of two new renewable polyol products, rounding out a new line of three renewable alternatives to the essentia...


Carbon Black Marked For Environmental Safety

A Dutch firm's carbon black has recently been certified for environmental safety.


Anti-Corrosion Coating Crafted from Bacteria

Alex Harold, a researcher at Swansea University in Wales, recently won the TATA Group’s "Dare to Try" award for creating an environmentally friendly anti-corrosion steel coating using bacter...


German Firm Unveils Biobased Railcar Coating

A Polish rail vehicle manufacturer is reportedly working with a coating manufacturer from Berlin to test the world’s first biobased railcar coating.


Architectural Coatings Trends and Technologies

"Necessity is the mother of invention" drives technology development in many markets, and is especially true in architectural coatings. Increasingly strict regulations regarding the environm...


RCMA Announces Roof Coatings Category Rule

Roof coating manufacturers and other experts have developed a resource aimed at calculating and reporting the environmental attributes of roof coating materials.


EPA Seeks Green Chemistry Nominees

The federal government is looking for potential awardees for its annual program honoring new chemical technologies, such as those used in paints and coatings, that are helping to keep the pl...


Enter EPA’s Green Chemistry Challenge

New chemical technologies, including those that make paints and coatings safer, are the focus of an annual federal awards program, now accepting recommendations.


New Issue Previews Greenbuild

The new issue of D+D In Depth features a preview for the upcoming Greenbuild International Conference & Expo geared to the architectural coatings professional, as well as a look at four deco...


New Green Standard Tackles Insulation

Environmental certification group Green Seal has announced a new standard to help consumers determine what architectural insulation products are best for the environment.


Specifying, Green Coatings Top New Issue

Expert advice on fire-resistive coatings and specification writing are a part of the new issue of Durability + Design In Depth, now available free online.


New Issue Now Online

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring four probing articles on architectural coatings and related technologies, is now available online.


Concrete, Coatings Deliver Green Honors

Concrete formulation and coating specifications play a role in many of the projects being honored by the American Institute of Architects for their sustainable and ecological design.


Style, Function Shine in Concrete Floor

It’s not just the activities taking place inside Pittsburgh’s Energy Innovation Center that make the building interesting. The 86-year-old former trade school itself combines environmentally...


11 Schools on a Green Mission

From Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., 11 schools across the country are leaders in school sustainability and environmental engagement, according to green-building authorities.


Research Seeks Safer Military Coatings

A professor at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) has secured funding to develop environmentally responsible, but high-performance coatings for the U.S. military aircraft and shipboard surfac...


Green Seals Seeks Input on Insulation

Third-party product certifier Green Seal is seeking stakeholder input on its proposed Environmental Leadership Standard for Architectural Insulation Materials (GS-54).


Smart Windows Could Self-Clean, Cut Heat

Nature-inspired nanostructures engraved into glass could cut window-cleaning costs in tall buildings while reducing heating bills and increasing worker productivity.


Study: Heat Improves Cool Roof Effect

A recent study suggests that white roofs can decrease the amount of urban heat island effect during a heat wave, according to research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


Zero-Isocyanate Coating Hits Market

Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc. has announced the availability of the first zero isocyanate hybrid polyurethane coating for commercial and residential buildings.


Coating Could Improve Solar Panels

A new nanocoating that aims to make residential solar panels generate power more efficiently in any direction has been developed.


Roof Coatings for LEED v4 Explored

To help stakeholders understand the cost contributions of roof coatings and the environmental benefits of using LEED v4 specifications, the Roof Coatings Manufacturing Association has create...


Parliament Hears PaintCare UK Agenda

A paint recycling initiative is gaining ground in Great Britain where coatings manufacturers recently made recommendations for a plan to Parliament.


U.S. Green Materials Market to Soar

The U.S. green building materials market is set to reach $69 billion by 2019, a new report projects.


Group Approves New LEED v4 Guidance

Ahead of its annual international conference and exposition, the U.S. Green Building Council has announced new guidance related to material ingredient disclosure requirements in the organiza...


Green Seal Revises Coatings Standard

A nonprofit certifier of sustainability products has expanded its standard for architectural coatings.


Study: Green Matters in Office Settings

When it comes to productivity at work, does it matter whether your office is “green” or not?


Are ‘Green’ Buzzwords a Buzzkill?

With the construction industry abuzz with jargon that makes consumers think “green,” just how much do Americans really like or understand the words that have become the norm in the building ...


Fire Damages Industrial Coatings Plant

No one was hurt when a company that makes industrial coatings caught fire early Wednesday (Aug. 12) morning.


Interior Coating Designed to Stop Odors

Sto Corp. has released an interior coating product formulated to eliminate indoor odors.


Green Polyurethanes Capture Blue Ribbon

WASHINGTON--Polyurethanes tough enough for industrial use without hazardous isocyanates have bested scores of technologies to win a 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.


Green Polyurethane Takes EPA Honor

WASHINGTON--A new polyurethane technology that does not use isocyanates in the entire production process has been named one of the top green chemistry advances of 2015.


SSPC Updates Coatings Jobsite App

PITTSBURGH--SSPC has revamped its mobile app to include tools to identify coating defects and select coatings, calculators and other new features.


SSPC Unveils Member App 2.0

PITTSBURGH--Tools to identify coating defects and select coatings, calculators and other new features are now available in SSPC's newly upgraded mobile app.


ACA Offers Green Guide

WASHINGTON--U.S. paint manufacturers have developed a resource aimed at helping architects and contractors achieve “greener” environmental goals.


Rooted in Recovery, Wood Coatings Grow

DALLAS--The global wood coatings market is on the rebound, its growth paved by increasing global economic stability and a rise in construction activity, a new forecast reports.


Solid Growth: Wood Coatings to Boom

DALLAS--The wood coatings market is projected to reach $1.9 billion by 2020, a recent market report concludes.


eBook Tackles Coatings Technology

PITTSBURGH--Cutting-edge architectural coatings technology and applications for improved formulations are covered in a free new resource by Durability + Design.


Comment Time Closing on Paint Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This is the last week to submit comments on Green Seal's proposed overhaul of its standards for paints, coatings, stains and sealers.


Coating a Longer Missile Launcher Life

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, OH—A new, green coating technology can provide tenfold improvement in corrosion and wear resistance on missile launchers, its U.S. Air Force developers say.


Revamp Underway for Coating Standard

WASHINGTON, DC—Fire-resistant coatings, concrete and masonry sealers, and other high-performance product categories are expected to join the next generation of Green Seal's paint and coating...


Input Invited on Paint Standard Revamp

Third-party product certifier Green Seal is seeking comments on its plans to overhaul its standards for paints, coatings, stains and sealers.


Building Groups Plan Single Green Code

Leading building associations have joined forces to develop a model set of green building guidelines to simplify design and code options nationally and internationally.


eBook Brushes Up on Corrosion Coatings

An in-depth look at the rapidly advancing technologies for corrosion-control coatings is the focus of a free new eBook from JPCL.


Green Resins Tackle Commercial Needs

Keeping up with green building trends in commercial and institutional architecture, Dow Coating Materials has introduced two new resin technologies for low- and ultra-low-VOC coatings.


‘Smart Paint’ Debuts in Middle East

A paint maker in the Middle East says it has launched a line of “Smart Paints” designed for a variety of applications—from roads to houses.


Green Materials Poised for Growth

North America leads the world in the demand for green building materials, a market projected to expand 12.5 percent annually, to reach $234.77 billion by 2019, according to a new market stud...


USGBC Extends Phase-in for LEED v4

Conceding that the transition to LEED v4 will not be easy, the U.S. Green Building Council has extended the deadline for registering projects under the current LEED 2009 rating system.


Coating Could Lighten Landfill Load

A new bio-based coating may make the first dent in the 200 billion paper cups thrown away each year, says manufacturer AkzoNobel.


AkzoNobel Tops Sustainability Index

From its community service and labor practices to its urban focus and product stewardship, paint and coatings multinational AkzoNobel remains the corporate sustainability leader in the world...


Densifier Fills, Hardens in 1 Step

In2Crete has updated its Ecoguard pore filler, offering a green approach to filling and hardening surface depressions and hairline cracks in one step.


AkzoNobel Named Sustainability Leader

Paint, coatings and specialty chemical giant AkzoNobel has notched a threepeat as the world’s leading materials company in the influential Dow Jones Sustainability Index.


New Pore Filler Formula Saves Steps

Ecoguard has reformulated its eco-friendly pore filler for a one-step process, saving users time and money.


Powder Coatings Set for Global Surge

Buoyed by their regulatory-friendly green profile, powder coatings are in for several years of robust growth worldwide, a new market forecast reports.


Corrosion Control Gets a Greener Shot

Rust removers, vapor corrosion inhibitors, cleaners, degreasers and other corrosion control products are now available in an environmentally friendly spray can from Cortec Corp.


Protective Coating Shuns Heavy Metal

Tesla NanoCoatings has introduced a high-performance corrosion-control coating without cadmium, lead and other heavy metals found in zinc-rich coatings.


RPM Acquires Krud Kutter

RPM International’s Rust-Oleum Group has acquired environmentally friendly cleaner company Krud Kutter Inc., the company reports.


NIST Shells Out Greener Fire Retardant

Clay, crab shells and DNA are the unlikely key ingredients in a promising nontoxic flame retardant being developed by federal researchers.


First Colorant VOC Limits Take Effect

Industrial maintenance and specialty coatings in Southern California are beginning the new year under the nation's first VOC restrictions for colorants.


New Colorant VOC Limits Set for 2014

The United States’ first VOC regulation on colorants for architectural and industrial maintenance coatings is poised to take effect New Year’s Day.


USGBC Launches LEED v4 System

Officials formally rolled out LEED v4, the newest update to the voluntary green-building rating system, Wednesday (Nov. 20) during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philade...


Green School Effort Goes Global

A worldwide network of schools that are designed, built, operate and teach green is the driving vision of the new Global Coalition for Green Schools, launched Tuesday (Nov. 19).


New Pipe Lining Resins Go Green

Specialty chemical maker Interplastic Corp. has developed a new line of “green” Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP) resins designed to “eliminate the environmental concerns in lining underground pipe...


Green Coating Market Primed to Bloom

When it comes to paint and coatings, green is as green does, with the global market for eco-friendly products well rooted for growth in the years ahead, according to a new market forecast.


AkzoNobel Seeks New Life in Old Paint

The world's leading paint and coatings maker is making a new push to explore and improve paint recycling by closing the paint production loop.


Paints, Transparency Awarded in LEED v4

Project teams that specify paints and coatings by manufacturers committed to material transparency may qualify for a revamped building product credit under LEED v4, rating system officials s...


Nature’s Novelties: Top 10 Building Materials

Insulation made from fungus and sheep’s wool, toxin-trapping drywall, bacteria-boosted bricks and other novel building materials are the new Top 10 finalists of the first-ever Cradle to Crad...


AkzoNobel Tops Sustainability Index

For the second straight year, AkzoNobel has been crowned a global industry leader for its sustainability practices.


LEED v4 Paints New Challenges

Love it or hate it, LEED v4 is set to make its formal debut in November in project plans around the world—and that includes paint and coatings work.


AkzoNobel Takes Sustainability Crown

Despite its recent setbacks, the world’s largest paint and coatings maker is also one of the world’s most sustainably driven companies, according to a widely respected new global ranking.


‘Smart’ Paint Aims for Energy Savings

Intelligent Shield, new from EnviroECOats, is a “smart” exterior coating designed to be highly reflective, self cleaning, mold resistant, and energy saving, the manufacturer reports.


Greener AkzoNobel Coatings Ahead

The world’s largest paint and coatings producer will step up the use of bio-based materials in its products, under a new agreement with a sustainable chemical producer.


AkzoNobel Grows Greener with Solvay

AkzoNobel and Belgian chemical producer Solvay have signed a three-year agreement to increase the use of renewable raw materials in AkzoNobel's paints and coatings.


Pittsburgh to Brighten Roofs, Cool Off

City officials in Pittsburgh, PA, hope to reduce building cooling costs by as much as 15 percent by installing white, solar-reflective coatings to the roofs of 10 city-owned buildings under ...


Push to Save Green Building Mandates

The energy efficiency of more than 400,000 U.S. buildings is at stake in a new Senate bill that critics are threatening to derail, hundreds of building industry firms are warning Congress.


New Organic Paint Makes Quiet Splash

A New Hampshire mother-daughter team has launched a line of nontoxic paints for baby nurseries, classrooms and other rooms used by children.


New Premium Interior Line is Zero VOC

Dunn-Edwards has introduced a new line of interior, low-odor, zero-VOC paints for schools, hospitality, hospitals and other commercial and residential applications.


EPA Turns up Heat on Flame Retardants

Amid mounting concerns and evidence of their risks, 20 flame-retardant chemicals will undergo new assessments this year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Room Paint Made to Reduce Sound

A new Florida-based coating maker has unveiled Serenity, billed as the “highest-performing sound-reduction coating on the market.”


Corrosion Chemist Wins Tess Award

The inventor of a magnesium-rich primer that delivers the same sacrificial protection as zinc-rich primers on ferrous substrates will receive the American Chemical Society's prestigious Roy ...


SSPC Invites Papers, Offers College Aid

Papers and presentations on green coatings and surface prep, high-performance architectural coatings, and other topics are being invited for SSPC 2014.


Study: Making a Case for Building Green

Building green makes “clear business sense”—it’s not just about saving the planet, according to a recent report.


SSPC Seeks Papers, Offers Student Aid

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced a call for papers for its annual conference and exhibition dedicated to protective, marine and commercial coatings.


2 Paint Makers Settle FTC Green Suit

Sherwin-Williams and PPG Industries must tread carefully on future zero-VOC labeling claims, under a settlement just finalized with the Federal Trade Commission.


Final Order for ‘Zero VOC’ Claim Cases

Settlement orders against two leading paint and coating companies for alleged false “zero VOC” claims are now final, according to the Federal Trade Commission.


New ACA Panel to Focus Green Efforts

U.S. coating makers will coordinate their wide-ranging sustainability initiatives under one green umbrella with the formation of a new Sustainability Workgroup.


Sherwin-Williams Revamps Harmony Line

The Sherwin-Williams Company has reformulated its Harmony Paint to reduce airborne concentrations of formaldehyde and other aldehydes.


Group Studies Non-Toxic Drier for Paint

Toxic drying agents used in paints and coatings may soon be swapped with an environmentally friendly option, according to a group of Austrian researchers.


Concrete Blooms a Mossy Façade

Concrete generally doesn’t remind us of lush, green gardens. But a group of Spanish researchers has set out to change that mindset.


 
 
   

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