The home is practically completed, there are just a few more finishing touches. How about livening it up with some paint? The standard paints that most homeowners and contractors use has up to 10,000 chemicals, of those 300 are known toxins, and 150 are linked to cancer. The most harmful chemicals in paint are known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). What is VOC anyway? Why are they so harmful? VOCs are unstable, carbon-containing compounds that readily vaporize into the air. Once in the air, they react with other elements to produce ozone, which causes air pollution and a slew of health issues along with it. (As paint dries, the VOC's are released into the air in high quantities.) Indoor VOC levels are usually 10 times higher than outdoor and over 1,000 times higher once the painting is complete. How long do they last? They can last up to if not more than several years after painting. Paint is not environmentally, health, or energy efficient.

How long do they last? They can last up to if not more than several years after painting. The bottom line: paint is not environmentally, health, or energy efficient.

Paint is composed of pigment (solid), binders (solid), and solvents (which can be oil based and high in VOC, or water based and low in VOC). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has placed its stamp on the majority of low to no VOC paints. This is because low VOC paint, unlike most standard paints, is energy efficient. In addition, these paints that have low to no VOC must have a green seal placed upon them to meet standards. This seal indicates that the paint has VOC contents below 100g/L. The green seal also requires that they have other low toxic chemicals in the paint as well, such as carcinogens. These paints usually compete with standard paints, but it just depends on what the solvent for the paint is. Another thing to keep in mind is the more solids the paint has, the fewer coats you have to apply.

Net Zero is dedicated to Building Green by finishing homes with low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) paints. This helps with energy efficiency without creating unnecessary health issues. Again, with high VOC paints, there is a greater risk for health problems and a greater risk for environmental problems. Net Zero always chooses the best products for their clients to be able to build a better Green Home.