What to look for when buying new coatings

Architectural coaters in Australia are now recommending new coaters for the Australian Capital Territory and the ACT.

The recommendation comes after research showed the cost of coatings in the ACT was about 10 times higher than in Victoria and New South Wales.

It also comes as a national campaign by the Victorian Institute of Architects and the Australian Institute of Coatings and Insulation (AIACI) has urged coatings companies to adopt new coating technology.

The AIACI said that coatings that are not only more durable but also more environmentally friendly have the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30 per cent.

But coatings experts say that the price of coating is one of the main drivers of consumer behaviour and that there is a long way to go before coatings are as affordable as they need to be.

The new recommendation comes from the Victorian Coatings Association and is the latest in a series of reports from the association and the AIACU.

“The more expensive coatings will come out of the supply chain and be available on the market at a higher price than their cost in the supply chains where they are produced,” AIAC president Andrew Higgs said.

The Victorian Institute said the recommendations were based on research conducted by the AIACA in the states of Victoria and Queensland, as well as studies done by industry and other organisations.

“We’ve looked at the cost, environmental impact, and cost effectiveness of the coatings being used, and we’ve compared that to the cost and environmental impact of alternative materials and technologies,” Mr Higgs told ABC Radio Melbourne’s Breakfast program.

“There are a lot of coaters out there that are out there now that are being recommended for the ACT, NSW and Victoria, and some of those are much more expensive than what the research has shown them to be.”

The Victorian Coating Association is currently conducting a study of coat-makers in Victoria, to see if coatings were being used as a cheaper alternative to other coatings.

Mr Higgs says that the association will continue to monitor the supply and market for alternative coatings and coatings technologies.

Topics:environmental-impact,environmental-,environmental—health,health-policy,environment,air-pollution,federal—state-issues,vic,aurora-4000,canberra-2600,melbourne-3000,vicFirst posted April 19, 2020 12:42:24Contact Karen ClementsMore stories from Victoria