Exterior Architectural Coatings
“Exterior Architectural Coatings Market” (p. 28) examines the impact LEED and the green building movement have had on this market. Over the last two decades, paint and coatings manufacturers have increased research and development efforts to develop low- and zero- VOC technology for paints, stains, caulks and sealants. Delivering premium quality that rivals their higher VOC counterparts, reduced VOC paint products offer many benefits for professionals and consumers alike.
“All of PPG’s products are researched and tested to meet the highest quality standards,” said Mary Ellen Shivetts, senior product stewardship manager, PPG Architectural Coatings, U.S. and Canada. “PPG was one of the first pioneers in the paint industry in developing new performance standards for zero and low-VOC products.”
“The use of water based coatings for wood architectural products and powder coatings for metal architectural products will continue to grow,” predicted Dean Peterson, business development manager, metal building products, The Sherwin-Williams Company. “Liquid coatings are now offered with higher solids, lower VOCs and sustainable raw materials.” The company’s SHER-NAR 5000 Architectural Baking Enamel holds the sole U.S. spray license for Arkema’s Kynar 500 FSF PVDF resin. This fluorosurfactant-free license means that 100 percent Kynar 500 FSF PVDF resin is used, which allows architects to meet the stringent AAMA 2605-13 specifications and provide long-lasting performance in a variety of weather conditions.
Our feature on green coatings, “PPG Coatings Featured on The Tower at PNC Plaza” (p. 31) offers a glimpse at the products used on what has been dubbed, the ‘world’s greenest’ building. The 33-story skyscraper features an innovative double-skin façade, one of the first of its kind in North America, that is designed to help the building naturally ventilate for more than 40 percent of the year. The inner and outer curtain walls incorporate metal panels finished with PPG’s Coraflon fluoropolymer powder coating in Gray Mica and Sungate and STARPHIRE glasses laminated or fabricated into dual insulating glass units.