D+D Online July 2010

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Premanufactured intumescent fire protection: Aesthetics, performance, application flexibility

by Bill Dempster, International Paint LLC

The recent development of premanufactured intumescent fire protection for architectural applications can deliver a number of important advantages, including the aesthetic qualities of thin-film fire-protective materials, flexibility in on-site application, and fire-protective performance that is equivalent to spray-applied epoxy intumescent coatings.


Out of the Stone Age: The evolution of decorative concrete continues to stretch the horizons for an ancient building material

by Howard Jancy

Concrete is an ancient building material. Mother Nature created the raw materials for cement millions of years ago, and early Egyptian, Chinese, and Roman cultures built great cities using it. Monuments of those cultures—the pyramids, the Great Wall of China, the Colosseum—still exist today, with concrete (albeit crudely formulated) comprising a significant building material in these landmarks.


The cool metric adds to ‘green’ profile of concrete in standard gray, other shades

by Joe Maty

It should be noted that the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system is also applicable to exterior concrete hardscape construction. Paving materials can absorb and retain heat, elevating air temperatures well over 100 F on a summer day.


Success with stains can hinge on removal of contaminants, other substances on surface

by Joe Maty

Effective application of stains and dyes to horizontal concrete surfaces requires careful attention to the condition of the concrete, says Howard Jancy, a knowledgeable industry authority on coloring and other decorative-concrete treatments.


School colors: Making the grade in the classroom

by Allen Zielnik

Green and white; blue and gold; maroon and orange: Combinations like these may come to mind when the term “school colors” is heard.


Capitol Dome, hailed as the nation’s ‘most famous man-made landmark,’ getting a repaint

by Joe Maty

A five-month project to repaint the exterior of the U.S. Capitol Dome in Washington, D.C.—described as perhaps “the most famous man-made landmark in America” by the Office of the Capitol Architect—began earlier this summer and is scheduled to be completed this fall.


   
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