Dulux New Zealand launched the first GREENGUARD Gold certified Ultra Low Chemical Emissions* paint manufactured in New Zealand, Dulux UltraAir, on the 1st of November 2021. UltraAir is a premium water-based interior range that significantly reduces the number of chemicals present in the air during and after application.
GREENGUARD Gold is a third-party certification that tests for over 10,000 chemicals and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions, helping to reduce indoor air pollutions and the risk of chemical exposure.
In addition to being GREENGUARD Gold certified, Dulux UltraAir is Environmental Choice — New Zealand's official environmental label — approved and Global GreenTag certified. Global GreenTag is a global accreditation that highlights that Dulux UltraAir is a health and sustainability preferred product.
Dulux UltraAir's 10L pails are made from 50% post-consumer recycled plastic and can be recycled again-and-again through the Dulux Paint Take-Back programme.
This new range helps maintain a non-toxic indoor environment. According to Dulux Product Manager Shirelle Schubert, worldwide, there has been an increasing number of brands emerging with a focus on “air/odour” but there has been a gap in the New Zealand market, leading to the inception of Dulux UltraAir.
“Proven to emit significantly less chemical emissions, Dulux UltraAir helps maintain indoor air quality,” Schubert says.
“It also has hardly any odour, so you can get back into the room a lot quicker, which is especially important with New Zealanders currently spending substantial amounts of time in their homes and needing to live and work in their spaces as they renovate them."
Research found indoor air quality can be two to five times worse than outdoor air quality¹, making it more important than ever to select products for the home that help maintain indoor air quality.
“Traditionally in paint, we have always measured VOCs, which are present in materials used to make paint. With UltraAir, we don’t just stop at measuring the VOC in the Dulux paint can, we also measure what is released into the surrounding space during painting and whilst the paint dries. These are the chemical emissions which you are breathing in," says Schubert.
When it comes to using the UltraAir range, it’s perfect for the whole interior of the home but Dulux recommend starting in areas such as the family room, children’s playroom, home gym/study, nurseries, or main bedrooms, where maintaining indoor air quality is important. Each coat is touch-dry after two hours; and customers will have the convenience of using the room almost immediately upon applying paint due to the combination of Ultra Low Odour and Ultra Low Chemical Emissions*.
"With Ultra Low Chemical Emissions* and GREENGUARD Gold certification, UltraAir might assist families who may be prone to sensitivities such as asthma or allergies, and other respiratory or skin irritants," says Schubert.
“Users will breathe easy knowing they’ve not only picked a quality product with a premium finish but have done so with their indoor air quality at the forefront of their decision making.”
Dulux UltraAir is available in colours tinted off a white base in a Low Sheen or Matt finish, giving customers access to over 500 colours from the popular Dulux Colours of New Zealand range.
Dulux UltraAir will be available in Bunnings, Dulux Trade Centres and select PlaceMakers, ITM and Guthrie Bowron stores nationwide as of November 1st 2021, and will be available in 1L, 2L, 4L, and 10L packages (depending on the product).
*Passes Shanghai Research Institute of Building Sciences test method JG/T 481-2015 with emission limits of <1mg/m3 within 3 days.