The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) & A New Green Initiative

“The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America serves the coating and wall covering industry with standards, education, training, advocacy, and best practices essential to member success.”

As their mission statement demonstrates, the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) has been a fine and trusted organization since 1884. A non-profit, it was formed to represent the people of the painting and decorating industry. Originally called the “Master House Painters Association of the United States and Canada,” the group is responsible for accrediting contractors through Contractor College. It is also responsible for setting industry standards and is currently focused on a green initiative.

In 1978 the A.E. Robert Friedman/PDCA Scholarship Fund of PDCA was formed to honor the 40th anniversary of Mr. Bob Friedman serving as legal counsel for the organization. Since then, over 158 scholarships have been awarded to high school and college students to follow in the footsteps of the foundation. Recently, they have begun to set their sights on products and practices that recognize environmental sensitivity.

PDCA has been actively involved with educating the painting and decorating industry about environment-friendly topics since the late 1980s but is stepping up the effort under its new “Project Green Brush.” Through this initiative, PDCA is promoting the use of environmentally friendly project planning, surface preparation, proper painting and cleanup procedures; supporting the development and use of new environmentally safer paints and coatings where this material use actually reduces pollution; providing testimony to the Environmental Protection Agency; and educating members about proper disposal methods for waste and leftover paint and supplies. You can read all about it at http://www.pdca.org/green.htm

Going Green

Any contractor that is reliable is accredited by the PDCA and is in line with their best practices and standards. Recently, major Paint giants like Sherwin-Williams and Dunn-Edwards have released educational materials to help painting contractors stay on top of industry guidelines. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are available from Sherwin-Williams as quick guides and outline several factors involved with going green, such as: ingredient composition, technical specifications, health, safety, fire, handling, storage, ecological and regulatory information, disposal, and much more information.

The initiative has not always been easy, as many green products may take more coats to apply and have a slightly different look. The process can also be a bit higher in cost, and may take more time, so it is an approach that must be considered. That being said, many green based paints on the market are now made of natural ingredients such as milk, and are safer for the environment and your health in general. There will always be a trade-off when going green, and it is a decision best left to be made with a professional, PDCA accredited contractor.

If you’d like a knowledgeable, PDCA accredited contractor, to review a green approach to painting for your next renovation, stop by our Braselton, GA location.

Contact Supreme Painting at 817-241-2424 to schedule a personal consultation.