D+D Online November 2010

In This Issue...


Building a Formula for Removing Coatings from Masonry Surfaces

by Kenneth A. Trimber

Frequently during the life of a building constructed of concrete masonry units (CMU) or brick, it is no longer feasible to refurbish the exterior by pressure washing and applying more coats of paint.


Coatings Net Points for Residential Site’s LEED Silver Triumph

by Joe Maty

A white, reflective “cool roof” and low- and low-VOC interior coatings won points for UDR Inc. in its successful quest for LEED Silver certification for the company’s Savoye apartment community in Addison, Texas.


NY ‘Fair Play Act’ Targets Employee ‘Misclassification’; Measure Said to Reflect Emerging Trend in Labor Law

by Joe Maty

New York State has put construction-related contractor businesses—including painting contractors—on notice: The state is prepared to enforce a new law that targets “misclassification” of construction employees as “independent contractors.”


A Shining Moment for SPF: Supporting Role in ‘LUMENHAUS’

by Joe Maty

Boosted by a powerful solar component, Virginia Tech’s LUMENHAUS sprinted to first-place honors in the 2010 Europe Solar Decathlon.


Forging a Bond: Surface Prep’s Tie to Strong Adhesion

by Jayson L. Helsel, P.E.

Performance shortcomings of coatings applied to concrete-floor surfaces are certainly not uncommon, and can be manifested in the form of coating delamination (loss of adhesion), blistering, and other modes of failure or weakness.


High-Tech Systems Add up to Net Zero at New DOE Facility

by Joe Maty

A sliver-hued mica coating delivers an “eye-catching, metallic shimmer” to the high-tech, recycled-aluminum windows of the new National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Research Support Facility, a Department of Energy installation billed as one of the most energy-efficient and healthy workplaces in the world.


High Praise: Green-Roof Group Names Top Projects

by Joe Maty

Heralded as a “fabulous demonstration project that illustrates the potential of creative design work on green roof projects,” the green roof atop the American Society of Landscape Architects’ (ASLA) headquarters building in Washington, D.C., has captured a 2010 Award of Excellence from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC).


In Greenbuild’s Wake Follows Evolution of Sustainability Theory

by Joe Maty

Green building is growing up. The movement has picked up immense power and momentum as it has rocketed from its initial, niche-status origins to mainstream design and construction philosophy.


Highly Marketable Commodity: Expert Knowledge of Complex Building-Envelope Systems

by Gary Henry

A library in Itasca, Ill., was afflicted with leaky windows. The library was only about 10 years old. It was an award-winner too—for design. It was clad with DAFS—Direct Applied Finish System. As you probably know, this system is similar to EIFS—Exterior Insulated Finish System—except it doesn’t have the insulation.


Variation on a Theme: E’Terra Inn’s Holistic Interpretation of Green

by Joe Maty

You might say that Laurie Adams, owner of the E’Terra Inn near Tobermory, Ontario, takes “green” to another level.


   
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