D+D Online September 2012

In This Issue...


Color and Design Outlook: A Study in Contrasts

by Jill M. Speegle

While color and design forecasts for 2013 are wide-ranging, many color experts and designers predict the emergence of opposing forces and unexpected pairings. Light and dark, reality and fantasy, bold and subdued—these dichotomies, to be sure, elicit moods and emotions in the spaces where they appear.


When ‘Good Enough’ Suddenly Won’t Cut It: Coatings Technology Faces Challenges in the Healthcare Environment

by Steven Reinstadtler

There is an expensive problem in the high-risk environment of health-care infrastructure: Administrators are finding that commercial wall paints and floor coatings must be repeatedly applied after premature failure caused by forces beyond their control.


Keeping the Shine: Training in Maintaining Polished Concrete Floors

by Howard Jancy

Hellooooo! Is anybody listening? Too often, I hear myself saying that when, for the umpteenth time, I am discussing the maintenance requirements for a polished concrete floor with an owner and his or her representatives.


Intumescents & Interiors: Function Meets Aesthetics

by Allen Zielnik

There is, perhaps, no functional coating type that can have a greater impact than thin-film intumescent paints, because they can literally protect life and property.

Unlike fire-resistive cementitious coatings (their functional, but unattractive, counterparts), thin-film intumescents today are cosmetically indistinguishable from regular paint. It is hard to imagine large public spaces in buildings today without their silent protection.


Case Study: Roof Coatings Flunk Out

by Cynthia L. O’Malley

Premature coating problems on the standing seam roofs of two school buildings were an eyesore for the community and an issue for the school board that was trying to improve the school’s image.


EIFS Evolution: Retrofit Remakes a High-Rise Condo

by Ryan J. Barnes, E.I.

When castles were popular and stone was a common building material, managing moisture was not much of a concern. Stone walls acted as mass wall systems with inherently high capacities for storing moisture.


Trial by Fire: Water-Resistive Barriers Must Now Pass Burn Test

by Gary Henry

If you’re designing the exterior walls of a building of Type I, II, III or IV construction, 40 feet or higher, there’s a good chance it’ll have to undergo “trial by fire” — testing under NFPA (National Fire Protective Association) 285.


   
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