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BENJAMIN MOORE Eco Spec®

Improved Technologies, Improved Products

Benjamin Moore has made great strides in technology through the use of new raw materials to lower VOC content in products across the board, while improving application and film performance. Products developed from this new technology are replacing current alkyd product that had higher VOC contents.

Benjamin Moore products that use waterborne technology include: Waterborne Satin Impervo® 314, Waterborne Urethane M73, Waterborne Polyamide Epoxy M42, and Moorcraft Super Spec® Acrylic Epoxy 256. All of these products are low odor and have low VOC content.We have utilized the latest technology to develop VOC-compliant coatings that perform at least as well and often better than their higher VOC predecessors do. Some of the many advantages to these waterborne-based products are:

Non-Yellowing Quality
Coating Flexibility
Better Gloss Retention
Better Fade Resistance
Low Odor
Low VOC
Easy Cleanup

Eco Spec Environmentally Friendly Product

Benjamin Moore's Eco Spec® premium paints are the perfect choice when looking for a high performance product with low environmental impact. Eco Spec products are 100% acrylic, which means great adhesion, easy clean-up and fast turnaround. These are essential for the non-stop commercial sector and busy residential households. Low-VOC, low-odor Eco Spec products meet stringent environmental safety requirements. With the increasing regulations of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), Eco Spec products are an excellent choice for interior product specifications.



Eco Spec® Interior Latex Flat 219

A low odor, low VOC, 100% acrylic latex flat that provides high hiding, excellent touch up, and a uniform flat finish. Eco Spec Interior Latex Flat (219) is ideally suited for commercial, facility management, and residential applications. Eco Spec Interior Latex Flat (219) does not have the odor of conventional paints that contain ingredients known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).



Eco Spec® Interior Latex Eggshell Enamel 223

A low odor, low VOC, 100% acrylic latex eggshell enamel that provides high hiding, excellent touch up, and quick return to service. Its resulting film combines the beauty of a flat finish with the washability of a semi-gloss finish. Recommended for new or previously painted interior wallboard, plaster, or masonry; primed or previously painted wood or metal. Eco Spec Interior Latex Enamel (223) is ideally suited for commercial, facility management, and residential applications. Eco Spec Interior Latex Enamel (223) does not have the odor of conventional paints that contain ingredients known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).



Eco Spec® Latex Semi-Gloss 224

A low odor, low VOC, 100% acrylic latex semi-gloss enamel with spatter resistant properties. Eco Spec Interior Latex Semi-Gloss Enamel (224) provides a high hiding, washable semi-gloss finish. Eco Spec Interior Latex Semi-Gloss Enamel (224) is ideally suited for commercial, facility management, and residential applications. Eco Spec Interior Latex Semi-Gloss Enamel (224) does not have the odor of conventional paints that contain ingredients known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).




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Benjamin Moore Eco-Spec Environmentally Friendly interior paints are available at all Hirshfield's Decorating Centers and Contractor Service Centers in whites and a large selection of pastel colors. Some locations may need to order product through Hirshfield's Central Distribution making it available within a day or two.



GENERAL INFORMATION ON PAINTS

Paint and the Environment

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are carbon-containing chemical compounds that readily evaporate into the atmosphere. Common examples of things that emit VOCs into the atmosphere include gasoline, mineral spirits, alcohol, nail polish, and paint.

VOC Laws

VOCs are released from many sources, including large and small process industries, commercial transportation, and automobiles. These sources, especially automobiles, are responsible for the majority of VOC emissions. As these major sources become subject to more stringent regulation, lawmakers seek to regulate smaller sources as well.

Regulatory Changes: What's Ahead

On January 1, 2005, significant VOC restriction standards were enacted in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and northern Virginia. These standards have been taken primarily from the California Air Resource Board that led the way in VOC restriction measures.

These standards revisions are driven through a multi-state organization called the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC). The OTC focuses on developing regional solutions to ground-level ozone problems in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the United States.

Most recently Maine and New Hampshire have adopted AIM (Architectural and Industrial Maintenance) regulations based on the OTC Model rule as of January 2006 and 2007, respectively. Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have all decided to adopt OTC AIM regulations and are currently in the legislative process of rule creation and adoption. The Massachusetts regulation will likely be implemented in January 2009 and Rhode Island and Connecticut are pushing for late 2008, early 2009 implementation. Finally, the state of Vermont has decided not to adopt an AIM Regulation.