Architectural Coatings: State of the Technology

From D+D Online, December online 2012

Durability + Design asked leaders from a cross-section of the coatings industry for their opinions about the state of the industry—past, present, and future....
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Tagged categories: Air barriers; Architectural coatings; Building envelope; Coatings Technology; Contractors; Corrosion; LEED; Paint application; Protective Coatings; Regulations; Specifiers; Surface preparation; Trends

Comment from RANDY AGNO, (12/12/2012, 10:58 AM)

I have over 15 years experience in the building industry mainly as an Architectural Consultant for manufactures such as windows, weather barriers, and coatings. I have called in Architects, Specification Writers, Fortune 500 companies, and 3rd party testing and non profit organizations. I am a published author and believer that education through experience is very helpful when understanding forecasted information and opinions. I thought this discussion was a validation for me that my assumptions were also that of other professionals. I strongly agree with the comments about Manufacture's Representatives making fewer calls on the Architect and Specifier as we move to a paperless industry. Although reference materials and textile samples will still be needed for a while to come this process can also be streamlined by mailings. I also agree with the demand for detailed information from the manufacture to the Architect and Specifier. A successful manufacture will have a detailed website for the Architect that will allow them a systems approach to surface prep and product education. Specifications are key as MPI and LEED stay strong as guides and certification platforms. Companies will have to be on top of their game when it comes to their environmental responsibility. I also agree with manufacture acquisitions as it will take more product offerings to meet each level of design demand. I also agree with BIM and integration of specification systems through manufacturing to the Architect and Owner. Manufactures will have to budget for the hiring of specialist to help guide them in the correct direction. I also agree with the need to keep top performers who have industry experience as well as educate the college students and create loyalty while providing the needed directional fundamentals that when hired will meet the corporate growth goals and have the confidence in the newly hired seasoned human resource. Companies have to budget for the expense that comes along with the need for technology to stay competitive knowing the return will be greater than the expense. Most success is created on the front end resulting in sales and environmental responsibility. Thank you. Randy Agno, Published Author.

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