Sustainability

IFS powder coatings – the environmentally responsible choice.

IFS powder coatings really are the environmentally responsible choice. There are many sustainability advantages over competing products such as liquid PVDF paints or anodizing. Choosing a sustainable option which will give you the same level of performance, is available in the same colors and effects footprints 1000pxand can also be customized to what you need, is a no brainer.

What's more, IFS Coatings'  architectural range have achieved Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) that contribute towards LEED points,

Here are just some of the reasons powder coatings will bring a sustainable advantage to your product:

  • Low VOCs
    There are no solvents and therefore no or extremely low VOCs in powder coatings.

  • Nothing toxic
    There are no toxic compounds in powder coatings, such as lead or chrome.

  • Single coat
    Powder coatings achieve the same or better levels of chemical, mechanical and weathering performance than liquid coatings, but in a single coat. This means you save on product, time and energy.SCS Verified EnvProducDeclarationBasedonOnLCA 1CG 200 x 200

  • Reclaim and reuse
    Any powder over spray can be reclaimed and reused or recycled. This gives up to a 97% utilization rate from a box of powder. Can you reclaim liquid paints? No.

  • Less energy usage
    Powders often cure at lower temperatures than liquid architectural coatings, which means a reduced energy bill. What’s more, the need to recycle air in the spray booth is significantly reduced (due to the lack of solvents), which also results in decreased energy usage.

  • Lower carbon dioxide emissions
    In a life cycle analysis (DSM study), powder coatings were shown to have both lower VOC and lower carbon dioxide emissions than liquid coatings.

  • No Hazardous Waste
    There is no toxic waste generated during the powder application  process. This means we are not creating toxic landfill with powder coatings.
  • Easy, non-hazardous disposal = reduced cost
    There is no need to remove hazardous solvents and there is no sludge or waste to remove – reducing cost and improving production time.

  • LEED
    Using powder coatings helps gain LEED points. With the same level of exterior durability, chemical and mechanical performance, as well as a vast range of colors and choices, it’s easy to make the environmentally responsible choice. See below for more info.

  • Choice of pretreatment
    For architectural or exterior applications that require long term weatherability, you have a choice of pretreatment options with powder. Yes, you can use a chrome based pretreatment for aluminum just like traditional liquid PVDF paints. But you can also choose a non chrome pretreatment, and still benefit from AAMA 2605 performance levels.

  • No chrome based primer required
    For architectural applications, powder offers yet another environmentally responsible advantage. Where as most traditional liquid PVDF factory applied paints require a chrome based primer on aluminum, IFS powder coatings do not. So no chrome (and yes, its nasty hexavalent or trivalent chrome – think Erin Brocovitch) primer, in fact, about 95% of the time, no primer is need at all over properly pretreated aluminum.

  • EPA
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends powder coatings as a sustainable coating option.

Check out the results of this recent Life Cycle Analysis covering all sustainability categories required by LEED. There’s no competition.

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