Green Building Design

Creating a more sustainable future

If your goal is to minimise environmental impact, PPG offers a range products that meet the most stringent environmental standards while delivering the performance you’ve come to expect.

From bio-based paints that actively improve indoor air quality, to low VOC durable solutions to extend maintenance cycles, a growing number of products are also supported by third-party green certifications – contribute to achieving credits in the major green building standards including LEED® & BREEAM®.


BREEAM® is the longest standing and most widely used environmental assessment method for UK buildings, in which credits are awarded according to performance across 10 sustainability categories.

Awarded on a building-wide basis, credits are calculated from the percentage of available points that have been achieved within each category. Through its application and use BREEAM helps clients measure and reduce the environmental impacts of their buildings and in doing so create higher value, lower risk assets.

Earn BREEAM points with Paint

To assist with optimising project sustainability performance, paint can contribute to a number of BREEAM categories including:

Health & Wellbeing – Indoor Air Quality (HEA 02)

The intent of HEA 02 is to encourage and support healthy internal environments with good indoor air quality, through reducing pollution sources and concentrations of chemical contaminants that can damage air quality, human health, productivity, and the environment.
This requires that our paints meet both VOC content (Total Volatile Organic Compounds – TVOC) and certified emissions requirements. We offer a complete range of low VOC solutions, with supporting declarations & certifications for BREEAM.

Materials – Responsible Sourcing of construction products (MAT 02)

The MAT section encourages the use of products for which life-cycle information is available. A growing range of PPG & Johnstone’s Trade products have third party verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) which are Product Specific Type III EPDs conforming to ISO 14025.

Waste – Construction waste management (WST 01)

WST 01 requires practices to reduce construction waste by encouraging reuse, recovery and best practice waste management practices to minimise waste going to landfill.

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PPG’s commitment to BREEAM

For an overview of PPG’s commitment to BREEAM download our PPG AC UK BREEAM compliance statement.


View our BREEAM attestations on NBS.

Green Building Specification

For full product information including EPD’s VOC content & emission certificates visit NBS Source.

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Environmental Product Declarations

PPG & Johnstone’s Trade EPD’s are independently verified by BRE Global to EN 15804 standard; in line with standards set by the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) and LEED.

Single Source Supply Solutions

From coating the steel structure and facades to internal walls and floors, our full coatings offering allows your project needs to be covered from a single source of supply.

Low VOC Solutions

We offer a comprehensive range of low VOC, water based paints covering all categories – wall & ceiling emulsion paints, trim paints, floor coatings through to intumescent coatings.

Waste Management

We are reducing, reusing and recycling our waste through a culture of waste minimization throughout the entire organization using a life-cycle approach and sharing the good practices of our top-performing sites with all locations.

Green Building Assessment

Independent of building regulations, third-party voluntary green building certifications promote and drive the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.