Performance Standards

Interior Top Coat

Parameter Results
Contrast Ratio

0.95 minimum

Y-Reflectance

80% minimum

Washability

Flats: rating of 5 or better, non-flats: 7 or better. Simple Green cleaner will be used. Water based marker (Crayola Orange)
Ketchup (Heinz)
Mustard (Grey Poupon)
Lipstick (Cover Girl 570)
Juice (Ocean Spray Cranberry)

Odor Test

Minimum rating of 6

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

VOC (EPA Method 24)

Flats: ≤ 50 g/L Non-flats: ≤ 100 g/L

Exterior Top Coat

Parameter Results
VOC (EPA Method 24)

Flats: ≤ 50 g/L Non-flats: ≤ 100 g/L

Contrast Ratio

0.95 minimum

Y-Reflectance

80% minimum

Flexibility

No Cracking, flaking, or peeling upon bending.

Accelerated Weathering and Water Resistance

After testing in accelerated aging apparatus, must show no blistering after 24 hours After 500 hours, good color retention plus no blistering, cracking, peeling, flaking, or chalking.

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

Interior / Exterior Top Coat

Parameter Results
VOC (EPA Method 24)

Flats: ≤ 50 g/L Non-flats: ≤ 100 g/L

Contrast Ratio

0.95 minimum

Y-Reflectance

80% minimum

Odor Test

Substantially lower odor than conventional latex paints

Accelerated Weathering and Water Resistance
Hydrostatic Pressure Resistance
Wind Driven Rain
Washability

Flats: rating of 5 or better, non-flats: 7 or better. Simple Green cleaner will be used. Water based marker (Crayola Orange)
Ketchup (Heinz)
Mustard (Grey Poupon)
Lipstick (Cover Girl 570)
Juice (Ocean Spray Cranberry)

Flexibility

No Cracking, flaking, or peeling upon bending.

Accelerated Weathering and Water Resistance

After testing in accelerated aging apparatus, must show no blistering after 24 hours After 1000 hours, good color retention plus no blistering, cracking, peeling, flaking, or chalking.

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

Interior / Exterior Primer

Parameter Results
Adhesion

50% adhesion or better over wood, metal, plastic or other intended substrates.

Odor Test

Minimum rating of 6

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

VOC (EPA Method 24)

≤ 100 g/L

Anti-Corrosive Top Coat

Parameter Results
Contrast Ratio

0.95 minimum

Y-Reflectance

80% minimum

Odor Test

Substantially lower odor than conventional latex paints. Only for interior or interior/exterior coatings.

Cyclic Prohesion

Minimum of ASTM 8 rusting after one complete cycle of cyclic prohesion test.

Adhesion

50% adhesion or better over metal after 1 week cure at ambient conditions.

Flexibility

No Cracking, flaking, or peeling upon bending.

Accelerated Weathering and Water Resistance

After testing in accelerated aging apparatus, must show no blistering after 24 hours. After 1000 hours, good color retention plus no blistering, cracking, peeling, flaking, or chalking.

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

VOC (EPA Method 24)

≤ 250 g/L

Anti-Corrosive Primer

Parameter Results
VOC (EPA Method 24)

≤ 250 g/L

Odor Test

Substantially lower odor than conventional latex paints. Only for interior or interior/exterior coatings.

Cyclic Prohesion

Minimum of ASTM 8 rusting after one complete cycle of cyclic prohesion test.

Adhesion

50% adhesion or better over metal after 1 week cure at ambient conditions.

Flexibility

No Cracking, flaking, or peeling upon bending.

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

High Build Top Coat

Parameter Results
VOC (EPA Method 24)

≤250 g/L

Contrast Ratio

0.95 minimum

Y-Reflectance

80% minimum

Washability

Flats: rating of 5 or better, non-flats: 7 or better. Simple Green cleaner will be used. Water based marker (Crayola Orange)
Ketchup (Heinz)
Mustard (Grey Poupon)
Lipstick (Cover Girl 570)
Juice (Ocean Spray Cranberry)
For interior products.

Odor Test

Minimum rating of 6. Only for interior or interior/exterior coatings.
For interior products.

Flexibility

No Cracking, flaking, or peeling upon bending.
For exterior products.

Accelerated Weathering and Water Resistance

After testing in accelerated aging apparatus, must show no blistering after 24 hours. After 1000 hours, good color retention plus no blistering, cracking, peeling, flaking, or chalking.
For exterior products.

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

Note

Properties have been tested on coatings which were applied at the thickness recommended on the manufacturer’s label for this high build product

High Build Primer

Parameter Results
VOC (EPA Method 24)

≤ 100 g/L

Adhesion

50% adhesion or better over metal after 1 week cure at ambient conditions.

Odor Test

Minimum rating of 6. Only for interior or interior/exterior coatings.
For interior products.

Flexibility

No Cracking, flaking, or peeling upon bending.
For exterior products.

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

Note

Properties have been tested on coatings which were applied at the thickness recommended on the manufacturer’s label for this high build product

Interior / Exterior Above & Below Grade Waterproof

Parameter Results
VOC (EPA Method 24)

≤ 100 g/L

Hydrostatic Pressure Resistance

No blistering, adhesion loss, softening or discoloration and water droplets (max 6) when tested at 10 psi

Wind Driven Rain

No visible water leaks and less than 3.2 oz weight gain when tested at 98 m/h

Adhesion

50% Adhesion or better over concrete

Odor Test

Minimum rating of 6

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

Interior / Exterior Wood & Concrete Coatings

Parameter Results
VOC (EPA Method 24)

≤ 100 g/L

Chemical Stain Resistance

No blistering, lifting, wrinkling, peeling or discoloration

Adhesion

Minimum 50% adhesion after 1 week cure at ambient conditions

Odor Test

Low Odor Minimum 6 for paints that claim interior use

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

Interior / Exterior Wood & Concrete Stain

Parameter Results
Chemical Stain Resistance

No blistering, lifting, wrinkling, peeling or discoloration

Adhesion

Minimum 50% adhesion after 1 week cure at ambient conditions

Odor Test

Low Odor Minimum 6 for paints that claim interior use

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

VOC (EPA Method 24)

≤ 250 g/L

Interior / Exterior Clear Wood Finishes

Parameter Results
VOC (EPA Method 24)

≤ 250 g/L

Chemical Stain Resistance

No blistering, lifting, wrinkling, peeling or discoloration

Adhesion

Minimum 50% adhesion after 1 week cure at ambient conditions

Odor Test

Low Odor Minimum 6 for paints that claim interior use

Chemical Component Limitations

Does not contain the prohibited chemicals listed at the bottom of this page as ingredients.

Low Emitting Coatings

This standard is for coatings which meet the emissions requirements of The U.S. Green Building Council LEED 2009 For Schools, and California Department of Health Services Section 01350. The product must be tested by a qualified laboratory according to the California Department of Public Health Standard Small-Scale Environmental Chamber test, and found to meet this standard. The paint must also be evaluated by CRGI and found to meet or exceed all other Green Wise Standards performance requirements for the appropriate Green Wise Product Category, and not contain any chemical on the Chemical Component Limitations listed on the Green Wise Prohibited Substance Form. This standard does not include California Proposition 65 chemical restrictions.

These standards have been chosen because they correlate with environmentally preferred characteristics of paint.

CRGI is accredited by Laboratory Accreditation Bureau for the test methods used in the Green Wise testing program which are listed in the CRGI Scope of Accreditation. Please click the link below.

CRGI Scope of Accreditation

  • In each category, a product must meet all standards to earn the CRGI Green Wise Certification mark.
  • The gloss level of the paint determines its VOC limit, according to EPA standards.
  • Flat paints will have a gloss less than 5 when measured at a 60 degree angle, or less than 15 at 85 degrees.
  • Non-flat paints will have a gloss equal to or greater than 5 when measured at a 60 degree angle, or greater than or equal to 15 at 85 degrees.

The following chemical compounds are not used as ingredients in the manufacture of the listed product: methylene chloride, 1,2 dichlorobenzene, phthalates, isophorone, formaldehyde, methyl ethyl ketone, methyl isobutyl ketone, and the following heavy metals: antimony, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, and mercury.