Dulux has recently been awarded Red List Free Declare certification across its entire envirO2TM range, marking it as the only major Australian paint brand to receive this eco certification across a full product range.
The Declare transparency label, issued by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) for building products, is designed to help specifiers quickly identify products that meet their project requirements for sustainable and health-risk-free materials.
Declare labels display all intentionally added ingredients and residuals at or above 100 parts per million (0.01%) present in the final product by weight. Each ingredient must be reported with a chemical name, CAS number, and percentage or percentage range.
According to Laura Hamilton-O’Hara CEO, LFIA, “Declare screens a product’s ingredients directly against the Living Building Challenge (LBC) Red List, saving project teams from the strenuous task of vetting products by hand.
“The LBC Red List contains the worst in class materials, chemicals and elements known to pose serious risks to human health and the greater ecosystem that are prevalent in the building products industry,” Hamilton-O’Hara said.
“Buildings made from non-toxic products are healthier to occupy, and when they do eventually end up in landfill, they won’t poison the soil, waterways and food chains. We believe that all buildings should be constructed using products that are safe for all species throughout time.”
Dulux envirO2 product manager, Judy Liao, said the new certification will put it on the map for architects and designers who have personal endeavors to drive sustainability in their projects, or for those who are commissioned to source eco-friendly and sustainability materials for commercial and residential spaces.
“Ongoing, we are seeing an increase in demand for very low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints from our specifiers and trade partners,” she said.