Green Seal 11 is a certification standard that ensures paints, coatings, stains, and sealers are safe for human health and the environment. It uses scientifically validated testing methods to set limits and meets ASTM requirements for product competence.1
GS-11’s climate preservation goals include:
GS-11 Edition 4.0 Standard Snapshot further explains the restrictions organized by their corresponding goals.
A recent GS-11 update provides takeaways for reducing VOCs and improving indoor air quality:3
GS-11 is the only standard in its product category to restrict certain chemicals such as carcinogens, reproductive toxins, hazardous air pollutants, alkylphenol, ethoxylated, etc. The VOC content limits help decrease the chances of releasing emissions that create ground-level ozone and smog-like conditions.
GS-11 has led to manufacturing investments and innovations that have resulted in a healthier supply chain for these products. In 2020, paints and coatings meeting GS-11’s standards prevented more than half a million pounds of VOC pollution across 120 million square feet of LEED-certified building space.3 GS-11’s alignment with LEED v.41 simplifies the choice for buyers seeking LEED-compliant paints.5
Apply the following GS-11 considerations when utilizing paints, coats, and adhesives:
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