The staff at JL Architects recently attended a lunch-n-learn with Linda Capriano from Benjamin Moore. They spent the lunch hour learning about how new paint technologies create a healthy living environment and how paint products play a role in sustainability. We, as architects, have the social responsibility to design and create buildings that will have little impact on the environment and to pave the path for future generations to continue to do the same.
There are many reasons to design a sustainable building. We cannot cause destruction to our planet at a rate faster than it takes to regrow. In the same instance, we cannot create and use chemicals faster than it takes for nature to break them down. Using paint that has little or no volatile organic compounds is a great way to reduce our carbon imprint. Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are carbon based molecules that readily evaporate into the atmosphere. They react with oxygen and oxides of nitrogen to produce ozone. In the end, they contribute to ground level ozone, global warming, and greenhouse effects.
New technologies in paint are helping to lower the negative effects on our environment. With the advancements in binders and additives and the substitution of glycols with new low VOC synthetics, Benjamin Moore is committed to creating products that we, at JL Architects, can use to help create sustainable, LEED buildings. When selecting a paint system for your project, you want to take into consideration, not only durability, finish, and color, but also the impact it will have on the environment. Choose paint that has little or no VOC’s, has little or no odor, and one that contains natural materials. Sustainable buildings are not only environmentally friendly, but they are also profitable and healthy places to live and work.
Give us a call at JL Architects and we can help make your project LEED certified and help create a cleaner earth for future generations.
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