What is the best brand of paint available in the market today when building a sustainable house?
The aim is to have the best air quality. There are many brands that claim low VOC's . Is there really biodegradable paint?
“Best Paint” can be a subjective term.
As stated in several previous posts here on the Green Home Guide (see links below), it can be difficult to ferret out the actual content of paints as most product MSDS list some components as “proprietary.”
- One rule of thumb you can hang your hat on is the posted VOC content.
- Check out the handy chart that Harold Remlinger included in his post titled "What paints are green? And affordable?"
As a contractor/designer and an asthma sufferer, I have used a variety of low and no VOC wall finishes with both high customer satisfaction and no noticeable irritation to me (in winter with doors and windows closed). Those products include:
- Benjamin Moore Aura and Natura,
- American Clay,
- Sherwin Williams Emerald,
- Yolo, and
- Old Fashion Milk Paint Company.
Although I don’t have direct experience with Bioshield, Unearthed Paints and Enviro Safe products, I believe they all have merit.
Realize that some of these products take more time and labor to mix and apply than others, costs vary significantly, color options vary and your ability to purchase locally will also vary.
Good luck with your project!
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