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What Architects Need to Know about Paint, Codes, and Standards [Presentation]

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With the ever-evolving changes in paint standards, code requirements, company acquisitions, VOC requirements and paint terminology, it’s no wonder that many Architects are struggling to understand paint and how to specify it properly.

In this course, we will explore current terminology, code requirements, challenges with using the MPI standard system, and strategies for assuring that we are getting what we wanted.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Attendees will understand the meaning of current terminology used by paint manufacturers, including terms like "latex" and "enamel," and "epoxy" verses "water-based epoxy"
  • Understand the current code requirements with respect to LEED, sustainability, and local requirements
  • Learn how and when to use MPI standards to assure equivalency with paint products and assure that they meet VOC and sustainability requirements
  • Attendees will understand strategies for specifying paint, that reduce substitution requests, minimize potential for failure to meet code and sustainability requirements, and help achieve thorough and accurate paint installation

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Learning Units

CSI: 1.0
AIA LU/HSW: 1.0*
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Intended Audiences

Academia Professionals, Architects, Contractors, Developers, Facility Managers, Interior Designers, Property Managers, Owners, Specifiers


  • Rocky Berlanga

    Rocky began his career 21 years ago with Sherwin-Williams after graduating from Chapman University in Orange, California. He started as an MTP in the Los Angeles District in July of 1999. Since then, Rocky has held multiple positions such as ASM, Manager, Res Repaint Rep, Commercial Rep, City Manager and now the Architectural Account Executive in the greater Los Angeles Area. He has been in his current role for more than 8 years now and is very active in CSI and AIA. Rocky, his wife Alexis and their two children reside in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

September 30, 2020
Wed 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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