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 and 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:
There are no solvents and therefore no or extremely low VOCs in powder coatings.
There are no toxic compounds in powder coatings, such as lead or chrome.
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.
Reclaim and reuse
Any powder over spray can 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.
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.
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.