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What’s New in the Way Paints Are Being Specified?

in Paint Innovations

As a commercial contractor, you are often working with project paint specifications once they have been set. Have you ever wondered how specs get set and what changes you may start seeing?

Setting the specification

Paint specifications are set by architects or specifiers. Both work with building owners and project managers to establish expectations.

At Sherwin-Williams, we have a team of architectural account executives that visit these architects and specifiers.

Their job is to provide information on the different coatings available, and to recommend paints and coating systems that will provide the needed durability and aesthetics for the particular project.

Specifications can also be based on or around third party standards – such as LEED, MPI, and others – and we work to make sure we both have the full range of paints that meet these standards, as well as ensuring awareness to their availability.

New trends on the horizon

One change you will start to see is the transition to LEED v.4.

The real impact with LEED v.4 is with those specifying paint and other product across a project, and how credits for certified products are added up.

LEED v.4 requires interior paint and coatings applied on site be at least 90% by volume tested for emissions and be 100% compliant for VOC content.

For paints, this means that you can expect any projects you bid for LEED v.4 to include low emissions coatings to be used.

Where to find more info

For more information on how Sherwin-Williams helps meet the variety of green specification programs, visit

This article was originally published in the Fall 2016 issue of the Sherwin-Williams CommercialPro newsletter. Get more business-building tips and info on products, services, discounts and project solutions on the Sherwin-Williams contractor website

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