Zero V.O.C. Interior Products

     ENVIRONMENTALLY GREEN           Enjoy Healthy Interior Living Spaces

Plasters from Japan. Trowel Finishes
-- Fibrous aggregate named for the Capitol City.
Kai -- Linier aggregate made from Crushed Seashells.
Pataan -- Aggregate that easily forms Patterns and Shapes.
Koruku -- Made from the Cork Tree. Great for sound rooms.
Warsusu -- Created from Rice Waste.

AMERICAN CLAY Earthy Plaster, Trowel New Mexico Clay with Mayan Pigments.
Walls are easily repairable if damaged. Walls breath to filter and renew existing interior air.  Hard finish can be sealed for Bathrooms and Kitchens.

Porcelina -- Troweled smooth and delicate with matte finish.                                                  Loma -- Troweled with a more earthy finish.                                                                     Maritimo -- Troweled finish from Seashells.                                                   

MODERN MASTERS                                                                   BELLEZZA Italian Lime Plasters

Marmorino  --  Traditional Italian Marble troweled Finish.                                        Venetian Plaster -- Traditional Itlian troweled smooth with texture or smooth finish.   Tadelak -- The hardest of all Plasters.

                                                                                                     GREEN PLANET PAINTS   Clay based zero V.O.C. paints made in Arizona. Washable Mayan color pallet or can be mixed to match.

MODERN MASTERS                                                                      All Platinum Pigments and Glazes
Health and Safety
Glazes, Pigments, Paints, Plasters and Primers

Paints, Plasters and primers (architectural coatings) can be applied to a building's interior surfaces on-site. Most paints and primers contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are common organic substances that readily evaporate (usually at room temperature). VOCs hold the paint in a liquid form, and, once applied, aid the paint in rapidly drying from a liquid to a solid by an evaporation process known as off-gassing. Off-gassing adversely affects indoor air quality, and may continue for months or even years even though the paint or primer has dried. A primary goal in the creation of healthy buildings is to generally reduce the overall amount of VOCs.

These coatings are of particular concern in urban areas because VOCs react in the presence of sunlight to form smog and ground level ozone. Austin has recently failed the Environmental Protection Agency's test for ground level ozone, and may soon be declared an air quality non-attainment area for exceeding the level of air pollution that is considered harmful to the public's health. If this occurs, Austin will lose its rights to all federal highway money that was previously appropriated for the city. Low and no VOC paints are especially important in areas deemed non-attainment for air quality by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Low/no VOC paints and primers offer slightly more coverage area per gallon than higher VOC finishes because low/no VOC paints/primers contain more of the finished product that stays on the wall, and less of the solvent that evaporates off. The higher the solids content of the paint, the more finished product it contains. The use of low and no VOC coatings can mean big savings if vacating is not necessary and/or if applicators can work during normal business hours. Non-toxic, low biocide, and natural paints are significantly more expensive. Note that the cost of labor far exceeds the cost of paint for the typical job. Also, the added cost of using one of these recommended paints is insignificant in comparison to the overall cost of the house.

Materials that are considered more healthful have a broad-based appeal. Chemically sensitive and other concerned individuals may consider using products that are non-toxic and or low in biocides. One reason for the popularity of natural-based paints is that the raw materials used to create the coatings are renewable resources (ideally sustainably harvested).

The state of Texas recently eliminated the regulation of VOC levels in paints due to the "paperwork and labor strain." The nationwide regulated limit for VOC content is currently 250 grams per liter less water.  Lead is no longer allowed in interior paints. Though less is always better, chemicals such as dioxin are not safe in any quantity. In short, the issues and risks are generally not well researched, documented, or understood in Texas.

Austin School of Faux Finishes