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Articles (31)

Air barriers

by Douglas R. Sutherland, Bryan J. Boyle, and Kevin D. Knight, Retro-Specs Consultants Ltd.

Going retrofit: Upgrade of building envelope delivers remedy for ailing housing compl...

Devising a better barrier

by Glenn Tench, W.R. Meadows Inc.

Air leakage and the associated infiltration and exfiltration of moisture are primary ...

Gearing up for PACE

by Joe G. Maty, Editor, JAC

Getting less grief from your EIFS

by Brent Fisher and Bob Dazel, Dryvit Systems Inc.

All exterior cladding systems require routine, consistent maintenance programs to ens...

Proof positive: ASTM E 2357 standard provides method to measure air-barrier performance

by Mark Kennedy and Craig Boucher, Grace Construction Products

The recently adopted standard test method ASTM E 2357 provides a uniform methodology ...

Taking cool to the next level

by Allen Zielnik, Atlas Materials Testing Technology

Heat-deflecting technologies aren't relegated to the roof, as coatings makers, users ...

Pausing for reflection on aging of the cool roof

by Allen Zielnik, Atlas Material Testing Technology LLC

Putting a hold on leaks

by Christopher Perego, BASF Construction Chemicals-Building Systems

Sealants and coatings for concrete play a crucial role in keeping water on the outsid...

Sealing up the envelope

by Tony Eshmade, P.Eng., A.F. Eshmade & Associates

A problem-plagued apartment building in Ontario needed a complete upgrade of its buil...

Stain and sealer system transforms concrete floors at Ave Maria University

The war against water

by Allen Zielnik, Atlas Material Testing Technology, LLC

An array of water-repellent and waterproofing measures are enlisted in the never-endi...

Waterproofing: Filling the information gap

by Kenneth L. Hercenberg, Cannon Design

Part one of a series on waterproofing, this article discusses variables in selecting ...

Maximizing the yield from the garden roof

by Joe Maty, Editor, JAC

The garden roof may be as green as it gets, but specification of this increasingly po...

Playing a hot hand

by Joe Maty, JAC Editor

Coatings suppliers, users, and relevant industry trade groups seek to improve the pub...

Charting a course for great barrier EIFS

A combination of a fast-track construction schedule and a rain-and windswept seaside ...

Cool roofs: Assuming a higher profile in key building codes and standards

by Joe Maty, JAC Editor

If any lingering doubts persist in the design and building professions regarding the ...

Cool-roof technologies - One cool concept: A roof-system calculator

by Andre O. Desjarlais, Thomas W. Pterie, and William A. Miller, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Buildings Technology Center

A web-based program quantifies and compares the effects of various surface types on e...

Energy codes: Pushing the air-barrier envelope

by David Weitz, Conservation Services Group

Proposals to mandate broader applications of air barriers emerge as the industry look...

The basics on elastomerics and other roof-coatings solutions

by Jayson L. Helsel, KTA-Tator and Joe Maty, JAC Editor

In the current realm of roof-coatings technologies, the specifier, arhitect, or build...

Cool wall joins cool roof as demand grows for climate change in building and design

In the warp-speed-evolving world of green and sustainable building and design, cool i...

At Dallas school district, combination of SPF, white reflective roof coating makes the grade

The insulating and seamless waterproofing properties of a spray polyurethane foam (SP...

Making the case for the SPF roof

The well established roofing system referred to here is spray polyurethane foam or SP...

Barrier to entry

A new high school complex in Massachusetts takes on the elements with an integrated e...

Solving the air-barrier riddle: Permeable or impermeable?

by Sonya Santos, Grace Construction Products

Which barrier--permeable or impermeable--is right for a given building? And how shoul...

Air-barrier system plays key supporting role in ambitious high school expansion program

A major upgrade to Massachusetts school puts designers, suppliers, and trades to the ...

Air Barriers 101: Basic theory and design

by John Edgar, Sto Corp.

Key topics addressed include the differences in barrier types, water and moisture con...

It’s a matter of degrees

by Allen Zielnik

Getting a read on ‘cool roof’ technologies and other energy-conserving coatings ideas

It's not smart to be all wet

by Joe Maty

The concept of Smart Growth received a great deal of attention at the recent BuildBos...

Air Barriers: Great expectations

by Kevin Knight

Selection of material, application, and quality control procedures are described for ...

It's westward ho for air barriers

The barrier movement is gaining momentum, and liquid-applied materials figure promine...

New coatings VOC limits go into effect in Mid-Atlantic

WASHINGTON—New volatile organic compound (VOC) limits on architectural and industrial...


Graco Inc.
Graco Mortar Pump

The M680 sprays epoxy-based mortars, anti-skid coatings, cementitious and filled materials. Compact.
Easy to use.
Call 877-844-7226 or

SABRE Autonomous Solutions
Safety, Productivity, Quality. Robotic Blasting

Learn how this simple to use, field deployed, automatic robot is eliminating hazards in major confined, cluttered and complex surface preparation projects.

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
SSPC 2016 Register Now!

SSPC2016 is earlier this year, don't forget to book your plane tickets and hotel. See you soon. For more information visit

Nationwide Overspray
Profession Overspray Removal Services

The Finest Name in Safe Overspray Removal. We specialize in removing all contaminants from any surface. Family Owned and Operated for 33 years! Fully insured. Satisfaction is guaranteed.

KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office
KTA-Tator EH&S Services

• Ambient & Worker Exposure Air Monitoring
• Safety & Health Program Development
• Lead Paint Assessments
& Specifications
• Health Hazard & Jobsite Safety Assessments
Call 1-800-245-6379

Larson Electronics
Larson Electronics Explosion Proof Tank Lighting

Larson Electronics is a premium supplier and manufacturer of portable explosion proof lighting systems for tank cleaning and servicing lighting.

Fischer Technology Inc.
Measure TSA Coatings on Stainless Steel

The PHASCOPE® PMP10 from FISCHER precisely measures thermally sprayed aluminum (TSA) on stainless steel.

HoldTight Solutions Inc.

Our HoldTight®102 salt remover & flash rust preventer prevents flash
rust by removing surface contaminants. It has no equal; only wannabees.
Contact us for your
nearest distributor.
(800) 319.8802

Novetas Solutions
Number 1 Crushed Glass Abrasive in America!

Manufactured from 100% Recycled Glass.
NO Crystalline Silica,
Beryllium & Arsenic
Great White Metal Finish!
4 plants on Navy QPL
Call us at 866-775-6226

NLB Corporation
Water Jets in Action

Video demo shows how
easily Vortex™ removes
coatings and more. Lawn-
mower-style water jet unit strips floors, ship decks, etc. quickly and keeps debris contained.

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