Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, was painted and protected with materials developed by Jotun Paint UAE and Dow Corning, the companies announced separately.
Jotun used 122,000 kilograms (nearly 280,000 pounds) of powder coating and 487,000 liters (nearly 13,000 gallons) of paint on the tower, which opened Jan. 4.
‘Single Source Solution’
The Burj Khalifa is the latest project to use Jotun’s revolutionary Single Source Solution concept.
The project required the use of a metallic matte powder-coated finish to complement the aluminum for the 28,261 cladding panels that make up the tower’s exterior and two annexes. To address this unique requirement, Jotun Powder Coatings developed a specially formulated Corro-Coat PE-F Façade Iris and Oyster Bond, a bonded metallic product.
Coating the 2,684-foot spire of the renowned tower is Baltoflake, a glass flake-reinforced polyester coating that provides outstanding resistance to abrasion, water and most chemicals. The product was recommended by Jotun and chosen by the client for its 20-year life span and minimal need for maintenance.
Paint products and solutions
“Building the world’s tallest tower is a tremendous feat that requires the highest quality materials and the expertise of construction innovators, and to be among the companies to be part of the team to deliver Burj Khalifa is a true honor for Jotun,” said Trine Finnevolden, General Manager, Jotun Paints UAE.
“This project has been a perfect opportunity for us to highlight our best-of-breed paint products and solutions,” said Finnevolden. “In addition to our existing industry-leading products, we have also developed specially formulated coatings for this outstanding project. This level of commitment, in addition to the proven effectiveness of our pioneering ‘Single Source Solution’ concept, has driven the excellent results we have achieved for the paint and coating works of Burj Khalifa.”
Jotun’s Jotashield brand was used for the tower’s 120,000-square meter (nearly 1.3 million square feet) basement car park because of its excellent adhesion and moisture resistance features, which protects concrete against ingression of salts and carbon dioxide.
In addition, 26 custom color shades from Jotun’s Fenomastic range of emulsion and enamel paint was used in all interiors of the Burj Khalifa, which covers a total area of 700,000 sq. meters (7.5 million square feet). The lead-free and non-yellowing enamel paint gives a tough yet smooth finish that lasts long and washes easily.
“Our involvement with the Burj Khalifa project has allowed us to highlight our capacity to deliver innovative products for specific projects with unique demands for coating and paint solutions,” said Ram Ramnath, General Manager, Jotun Powder Coatings UAE.
“The completion of the paint and coating works on this acclaimed monumental project marks an exceptional milestone and achievement for Jotun, and stands as a testament to our commitment to the regional market. We are confident that our paint and coating solutions will prove more than satisfactory in protecting the world’s tallest tower against the ravages of climate and pollution for many years to come.”
Jotun also developed paints and coatings for the Eiffel Tower, the Petronas towers in Malaysia, Nile City Complex and Burj Al Arab in Dubai.
Dow Corning designs cladding
Also contributing to the project was Dow Corning, which designed the materials for the cladding panels over a total curtainwall area of 132,000 square meters (nearly 1.42 million square feet). The shimmering façade minimizes heat transmission and saves energy, protecting the super skyscraper from the harsh desert climate and promoting its energy efficiency.
The cladding materials were specially made using advanced engineering techniques and include high-performance reflective glazing, silicone sealants and structural adhesives, aluminum mullions and textured steel spandrels with vertical stainless steel tubular fins.
“We’ve been involved in many of the landmark buildings around the world for more than 60 years, through curtain wall structural glazing, assembly and weather proofing, insulating glass assembly and interior sealing. That experience and the proven performance of our silicone technologies played a critical role in this project,” said Ron Fillmore, Global Executive Director for Dow Corning's Construction Industry.
“We love these sorts of challenges at Dow Corning. They’re perfectly aligned with the properties of our silicones, which are incredibly durable and ideal for such a demanding environment,” said Jean-Paul Hautekeer, Global Marketing Manager for Building Projects. The solutions for the Burj Khalifa Tower included Dow Corning’s global project support services, a program called Quality Bond.
“Dow Corning Quality Bond lifts silicone bonding and sealing to a new level through the introduction of a collection of services and commitments, which are relevant to all members in the construction project specification chain. They offer guaranteed performance and peace of mind,” said Tim Efthimiady, Construction Industry Commercial Director for Europe & Middle East. “The Burj Khalifa was the ideal opportunity to offer our Quality Bond program to the various companies involved in the project from the curtain wall and glass contractor to the main contractor, architect and consultant.”