Where to Buy
|Consolidated Latex Paint
|Reprocessed Latex Paint -- Dark Colors
|Reprocessed Latex Paint -- White, Off-White, and Pastel Colors
|Interior Paints and Coatings -- Latex
|Interior Paints and Coatings -- Water-borne Alkyd
|Interior Paints and Coatings -- Oil-Based
|Interior Paints and Coatings -- Solvent-borne Alkyd
|Exterior Paint and Coatings
Legal Requirements Lists federal requirements related to the purchase of this item, including applicable Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requirements
Life Cycle Cost Savings
Life Cycle Costing (LCC) aims to quantify the financial impact of a product over its entire life cycle to assist consumers in making decisions that will save them money over the long term.
An efficient product is cost effective when the energy costs saved over the life of the product exceed the additional upfront cost (if any) of the more efficient model. Energy Star considers both upfront costs and lifetime energy cost savings when setting required efficiency levels. Federal purchasers can assume that Energy Star-qualified products are life-cycle cost effective.
To calculate life cycle cost savings, explore these tools:
- NIST’s BEES Online v2.0 offers detailed environmental lifecycle analyses. Life cycle costing is available as an option. It is recommended that users have some experience with life cycle analysis in order to answer the tool’s questions.
Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings
For paint, particularly if the building is located in an air non-attainment area or if there are concerns about indoor air quality, look for paints with no or low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Some types of paints are also covered by EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program, which identifies acceptable substitutes for ozone-depleting substances in products.
According to BioPreferred, interor paints and coatings are pigmented liquids, formulated for use indoors, that dry to form a film and provide protection and added color to the objects or surfaces to which they are applied. BioPreferred maintains an electronic product catalog listing products that either (1) are eligible for preferred federal procurement, or (2) have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Recommended Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels
Executive Order (EO) 14057, Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability, (08 DEC 2021), requires federal agencies to purchase sustainable products and services certified to the standards/ecolabels included in the Recommendations to the maximum extent practicable.
Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings
For products such as paints, the applicable Guiding Principle for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings depends on what characteristics are included in the product. If it has recycled or biobased content it would be GP 5, if it is low-emitting it would be GP 4, if it's both, it would be included in both. "Low emitting" would be any product that has a low emissions or low VOC standard.