When the Indoor Air Nerd was faced with selecting a new paint for his family room, he did the only sensible thing… had his wife pick it out!
Fortunately, my wife is an interior designer who is also passionate about indoor air quality (right honey?). We also have two small children that will spending a considerable amount of time in the room. As a frame of reference, our coffee table was replaced with a Thomas the Tank Engine train table!
I gave my wife just a few basic requirements…. (cue wife cringing)
- Zero VOC (volatile organic compound) in base
- Zero VOC in colorant
- Low odor
- Compliant with SCAQMD
- Meets LEED specifications
- Greenguard or Green Seal certification
And you thought picking out the color was the hardest thing!
We settled on Benjamin Moore Eco Spec WB paint. It met most of my onerous qualifications, only lacking a Greenguard or Green Seal Certification. As an interior designer, my wife liked the fact that she could have the paint tinted any color. The painter (me) will like that it has similar properties and texture to more traditional latex paint.
The cost was slightly over $30 a gallon. The premium is a small price to pay when you have two young children at home (and you happen to be the Indoor Air Nerd).
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