LEED CERTIFIED & GREEN BUILDINGS SOLUTIONS

INTRODUCTION

Energy Star® and Cool Roof Rating Council® compliant, ultra-strong and resilient protection from the weather.

Formulated to be hydrophobic, it acts as a complete barrier to water penetration.

Seamless monolithic membrane with Pond Proof technology for standing water protection.

High flexibility and adhesion, durability-tested for equivalence of 30 years.

SUSTAINABLE BUILDING – GOOD FOR HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT

A healthy property with a long lifespan is one of the goals of sustainable building. Demolition is always a burden on the environment, so it’s better to favor products and ways of building that extend the lifespan of a property.

This is why eco-friendly construction benefits property owners: it leads to a slower depreciation of property value, higher utilization, lower maintenance costs, and often a higher selling price.

Products with minimal emissions are important for ensuring high-quality interior air, which benefits the wellbeing of property users. In Finland, where interior air has long been an issue, high-quality interior air gives you a competitive edge.

WHAT DIFFERENCES ARE BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTAL CLASSIFICATIONS?

Selecting a paint or coating suitable for green building always depends on the site and the environmental certificate used. LEED, BREEAM, and RTS are the three most common environmental certificates used in Finland.

While all environmental certification systems are designed to ensure responsible, eco-friendly, and low-emission construction, the systems are not identical.

The table in the next slide lists the most significant differences and similarities between the three most common environmental certificates.

WHICH CHARACTERISTICS INDICATE THAT A PRODUCT IS SUITABLE FOR GREEN BUILDING?

Low emission and durable are the two characteristics that products suitable for green building have in common. As each repaint further stresses the environment, a long maintenance painting interval adds value to a product.

The environmental certificates also stress low VOC content and interior air quality criteria-related emissions. In other words, VOC content and emission levels of paint products should be minimal in order to meet the criteria of environmental certificates.

No universally applicable guidelines for VOC content or emissions exist as the criteria vary based on the site and the environmental certification used.

WHY CAN'T A PAINT OR COATING SIMPLY SAY ‘LEED' CERTIFIED?

LEED and BREEAM certificates are always granted to a building or a residential area – not to an individual construction product. Environmental certification logos also have rights that limit their use. This is why a LEED or BREEAM logo cannot simply be slapped onto a paint can.

However, the product data sheet can state that the paint or coating meets the LEED v4 (for projects outside the USA as per approved methods) and the BREEAM, BREEAM-SE and BREEAM-NOR classification system requirements.

The changing criteria of green building projects poses another challenge. In BREEAM, for example, the demands vary in different building projects. This means that the criteria vary depending on whether the site is:

  • a new building,

  • a building already in use, or

  • a building to be renovated.

  • this is why it is not possible to provide universally applicable guidelines.

HOW TO KNOW WHICH PRODUCTS MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF PROJECT?

As a guideline, VOC content and emissions in paint products should be as low as possible.

Restricted paint chemicals also vary according to the environmental classification system being used. For example, in some systems products are not allowed to contain Bisphenol A, chrome, lead, or cadmium.

For an expert to help you pick the right product, they’ll need the following information:

  • Is it a LEED or BREEAM project?

  • Are there instructions for contractors or architects with paint product requirements specified?

  • If there isn’t, you need information on the specific requirements for paint products in your project. To get this you can refer to the project’s environmental certification consultant.

  • When you have the required information, we’ll be happy to help you pick the right product.

LEADING THE WAY INTO THE FUTURE WITH PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

For the best advice when selecting paints and coatings, refer to the construction project’s environmental certification consultant who will consult designers and contractors. When the specific criteria are known, we at Tikkurila are happy to help you pick the right product.

The Tikkurila Group currently offers over 300 ecolabeled products with either a national or an international eco label or a low-emission M1 classification for construction materials.

The sustainable development of built environments and products that promote good interior air quality play a particularly important role at the moment. This is why we strive to develop products with a long maintenance painting interval and minimal impact on the environment.

A new decade of green building is just beginning.

THE ECO-LABEL, FIRST ECO-LABELED PAINTS

Our paints have been awarded several eco-labels: the Nordic Swan Label, the EU Ecolabel, the low-emission M1 rating and the Allergy Label.

The EU Ecolabel is a common eco-label of the European Community (EU). The EU Ecolabel indicates the environmental friendliness and quality of a product or service and is only awarded to products that meet pre-established environmental performance requirements throughout the product’s life cycle.

In 1997, the water-borne Joker, manufactured in Finland, was the first paint in Finland to receive the EU Ecolabel. In 1996, our Swedish paint brand Alcro was awarded its first EU eco-label.

THE ECO-LABEL, FIRST ECO-LABELED PAINTS

The Swan Label is the official Nordic eco-label. In addition to strict environmental requirements, Swan-labeled paints also meet strict quality requirements, covering the entire life cycle of a product from raw materials to the manufacture and use of products and waste disposal. Tikkurila received its first Swan badges for its Joker and Remontti-Ässä interior paints in 2011.

The allergy and asthma symbol indicates a product that meets the exact product-specific requirements and does not contain fragrances or other commonly irritating or sensitizing substances. Solvent-free Remontti-Ässä is Finland’s first paint to have the right to use the Allergy, Skin and Asthma Association logo.

THE ECO-LABEL, FIRST ECO-LABELED PAINTS

M1 classification: Indoor building materials, including paints, can be classified according to their volatile compounds. In Finland, Sisäilmayhdistys ry has published a classification for building materials, according to which products are divided into three categories (M1, M2, M3). The classification has also aroused interest in other Nordic and Baltic countries.

Category M1 materials contain very few compounds that evaporate into the room, while Category M3 materials are the most emitting. Untested materials are not assigned a classification mark. The M1 rating for the product is issued by the Building Information Foundation, and the rating requires measurements and sensory evaluation by an approved testing laboratory. Many Tikkurila products have an M1 rating.

LEADING THE WAY INTO THE FUTURE WITH PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Our range of environmentally friendly, LEED and Green Building Council compliant, US Dept. of Energy approved, and Energy Star Partner products include:

 • Interior and Exterior Building Paints

  • Energy Efficient Roof Coatings and Waterproofing

 • Liquid Ceramic Insulation

  • Fire Retardant Coatings

  • Metal protective paints

  • Floor coating systems

No project is too big or small for Knoveo Solutions. Get in touch today for an initial consultation.