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Advanced Paints & Coatings: Understanding Their Impact on Sustainability

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About This Program

Fueled by demand for spaces that contribute to occupant wel l-being, owners are looking to design and construct healthier buildings and therefore, today’s coatings must meet stringent VOC regulations and offer material transparency for those seeking sustainable building certifications.

Furthermore, with the recent introduction of LEED® v4.1, the U.S. Green Building Council placed an increased emphasis on transparency of product-level decisions so design teams must figure out how to navigate different types of claims and certifications to find coatings that are third-party certified.

This discussion will provide you with the fundamentals of different paint systems and the latest technologies, so that you can specify coatings that will provide the best outcome for your client. 

Session Takeaways

  • Follow the steps outlined in a specification decision tree to help identify the best paint system for your project/ application
  • Discuss how to earn up to three points by selecting products that will support LEED certification EQ emissions goals and maximize points for site-applied paint, coatings, and sealants
  • Explain how third-party validations for paint and coatings bring transparency to Material Ingredient Reporting, and what that means to users along the lifecycle of a product
  • Provide additional evaluation criteria to help you specify products that meet sustainability goals

Learning Units

CSI: 1.0 LU*
*May be submitted for domain specific learning units to CDT recertification, and/or general learning units for CCCA, CCS, and CCPR.

Relevant Practices

Product Selection/Specification
Construction Management/Construction


  • Doug Mazeffa, EHS

    Global Sustainability Director, The Sherwin-Williams Company

    Doug is a leading expert in Life Cycle Assessment, corporate sustainability, and green chemistry. Doug’s sustainability work was recognized by the coatings industry where he was presented with the 2016 Industry Achievement Award from the American Coatings Association. He is also a highly sought-after speaker including lecturing at over a dozen Universities as well as presenting at numerous national conferences, webinars, radio shows, and television programs. Doug has been cited as a sustainability expert in dozens of major media outlets such as BBC, CNN, and USA Today.

    Doug acquired his Master's Degree in Corporate Environmental Management from the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and completed his undergraduate work in Environmental Science and Economics at Miami University. Doug is also a lecturer in the MBA program at Baldwin-Wallace University. Finally, Doug sits on numerous advisory committees including those in the American Coatings Association, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and the US Green Building Council. A former All-American and national chess champion, Doug presently resides in Cleveland, OH with his wife and two children.

  • Alex Sinclair

    Director of Product Information, The Sherwin-Williams Company

    Alex began her career at Sherwin-Williams in 2016 and brings with her more than 12 years of expertise as a chemist and product marketer. She is responsible for executing the product excellency strategy, sustainability programs, product claims and substantiation and product expertise. Prior to this role, Alex worked in Sherwin-Williams Industrial Wood division, as well in Global Supply Chain R&D and the Automotive division. Alex holds a Bachelor of Science from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Science from the University of Vermont.

  • Stacy Stachler, CDT

    Product Information Manager, The Sherwin-Williams Company

    Stacy Stachler graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Interior Design and has worked for Sherwin-Williams for 22 years. Stacy has held various roles with the company from working in the stores, Architectural Account Executive, and working on Her current role is a Product Information Manager and is a LEED-AP and CDT. When she isn’t working she can be found on a local beach or snowboarding with her son.

July 12, 2022
Tue 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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