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How to be green while you see red

Advancements in paint technology now allow you to choose clever new products with low odour, low VOC and antibacterial protection to help you create a cleaner, safer and healthier indoor environment for your family.

VOCs are ‘volatile organic compounds’, such as the solvents used in paints, adhesives and inks, which evaporate into the air and contribute to the formation of smog (ozone).

Taubmans, Australia’s market leader in paint technology and colour innovation, has developed a range of green paint product solutions to meet environmental standards using low VOC coatings.

Taubmans Pure Performance water-based trade products meet the Green Star VOC requirements of the Green Building Council of Australia (see below) and contain less than 5g/L VOC. Taubmans Easycoat interior premium acrylic range also offers low VOC.

Both of these product ranges have the added benefit of Microban antibacterial protection. Microban technology is incorporated into the paint at the manufacturing stage. It does not wash or wear off, lasts the life of the paint and forms a long lasting physical barrier against bacteria.

Green Paint Microban inhibits the growth of bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella and Golden Staph as well as mould, mildew and fungus on painted surfaces such as walls and ceilings in bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms. It is also suited to damp, high humidity areas of the home.

When microbes such as bacteria come in to contact with a paint surface, Microban protection acts to deplete the cells of important metal ions and disrupts their ability to generate energy, which slows their growth and ultimately causes the microbes to die.

According to PPG Architectual Coatings, the manufacturers of Taubmans, its Pure Performance and Easycoat paints with low VOC and Microban help to improve the indoor environment of your home.

Taubmans’ products containing Microban are accepted products in the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice Program. Products associated with the program may help people with asthma and allergies.

What is sustainable development?

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.1 This is the governing principle for a sustainable property industry which must balance environment, social and economic issues to ensure a viable and valuable industry for future generations.

The property industry is defined as all those who produce, develop, plan, design, build, alter, or maintain the built environment, and includes building materials manufacturers and suppliers as well as clients and end use occupiers.

Buildings account for one-sixth of the world’s fresh water withdrawals, one-quarter of its wood harvest, and two-fifths of its material and energy flows.2 Building green is an opportunity to use resources efficiently while creating healthier buildings that improve occupant health and well-being.3

Building Green

Taubmans is a member of the Green Building Council of Australia. The GBCA is a national, not-for-profit organisation that is committed to developing a sustainable property industry for Australia by encouraging the adoption of green building practices. It is uniquely supported by both industry and governments across the country.

1. United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987
2. Roodman and Lenssen, 1995
3. Green Building Council of Australia Fact Sheet

For more information call Home Option Gallery Taubmans
on (02) 8860 9333 or see Paint.