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Understanding USGBC LEED® 2009

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC), through its Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED®), is the nationally accepted benchmark rating system for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

The USGBC LEED® standard has been adopted nationwide by federal, state and local governments and interested private companies as the guideline for sustainable building.

The USGBC LEED® Green Building System is a performance-oriented rating system where points are earned for satisfying specific green building criteria in seven major categories:

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Environment and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovative Design
  • Regional Priority

Your paint choice contributes to USGBC LEED® certification. PPG Architectural Coatings, through its PPG, PPG Pittsburgh Paints®, and PPG Porter Paints® brands can help you earn USGBC LEED® points with a wide range of green paint products.

Click here to view our products that may earn USGBC LEED® credits

LEED NC: New Construction & Major Renovations 2009

The LEED for New Construction Rating System is intended to direct and recognize high-performing commercial and institutional projects, including office buildings, high-rise residential buildings, government buildings, recreational facilities, manufacturing plants and laboratories.

Paint VOC Required (EQ Credit 4.2-1 point):

Primers: <200 g/L Flat: <50 g/L
Non-Flat: <150 g/L Anti Corrosive: <250 g/L

Note: All VOC requirements posted in this systems guide are current as of January 2012. For the latest data or more information on USGBC or LEED rating system, please visit the following website: www.usgbc.org

LEED CI: Commercial Interiors

LEED for Commercial Interiors is the green standard for tenant improvements. It is the accepted method for certifying high-performance interiors that promote health, productivity; cost savings; and a reduced environmental footprint. LEED for Commercial Interiors empowers tenants and designers to make sustainable choices in cases where they may not have control of total building operations.

Paint VOC Required (EQ Credit 4.2-1 point):

Primers: <200 g/L Flat: <50 g/L
Non-Flat: <150 g/L Anti Corrosive: <250 g/L

Note: All VOC requirements posted in this systems guide are current as of January 2012. For the latest data or more information on USGBC or LEED rating system, please visit the following website: www.usgbc.org

LEED CS: Core & Shell Development

LEED for Core & Shell is a high-performance rating system for designers, builders, developers and new building owners who want to undertake sustainable plans for new core and shell construction. Core and shell covers basic building components such as structure, envelope, and HVAC. LEED for Core & Shell is intended to be complementary to LEED for Commercial Interiors, as both rating systems establish building performance green criteria for developers, owners and tenants.

Paint VOC Required (EQ Credit 4.2):

Primers: <200 g/L Flat: <50 g/L
Non-Flat: <150 g/L Anti Corrosive: <250 g/L

Note: All VOC requirements posted in this systems guide are current as of January 2012. For the latest data or more information on USGBC or LEED rating system, please visit the following website: www.usgbc.org

LEED for Homes

A LEED-certified home is designed and built in conformity with the thorough guidelines of the LEED for Homes green rating system. LEED for Homes is a cooperative, third party- confirmed, voluntary certification program which encourages the design and construction of high-performance green homes.

Paint VOC Required:

Primers: <200 g/L Flat: <50 g/L
Non-Flat: <150 g/L Anti Corrosive: <250 g/L

Note: All VOC requirements posted in this systems guide are current as of January 2012. For the latest data or more information on USGBC or LEED rating system, please visit the following website: www.usgbc.org

LEED for Schools

The LEED for Schools Rating System realizes the distinctive nature of the design and construction of K-12 schools. Derived from the LEED for New Construction rating system, it tackles issues such as classroom acoustics, master planning, mold prevention and environmental site assessment. By focusing on the distinctiveness of schools and the health issues of children, LEED for Schools provides an exclusive, across-the-board tool for schools that want to build sustainably, with quantifiable results.

Paint VOC Required (EQ Credit 4.2- 1 point):

Primers: <200 g/L Flat: <50 g/L
Non-Flat: <150 g/L Anti Corrosive: <250 g/L

Note: All VOC requirements posted in this systems guide are current as of January 2012. For the latest data or more information on USGBC or LEED rating system, please visit the following website: www.usgbc.org

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