Coating, Building Envelope Products Lauded


Tools and products to help promote energy efficiency via an airtight building envelope, along with a number of specialty coatings advancements, were honored as winners in this year’s R&D 100, a list of 100 notable advancements in science and technology.

The list was unveiled Nov. 3 at the R&D 100 Conference, sponsored by R&D Magazine. It was the 54th edition of the conference, and the list. Products brought to market between Jan. 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016, were eligible for the honors. The awards have earned the nickname “the Oscars of invention.”

Building Envelope Products

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s so-called Cool Roof Time Machine was among that research facility’s five winning developments this year. The lab developed a method for simulating three years’ worth of weathering and soiling of roofing materials in just days, and the “time machine” method was adopted by ASTM International as ASTM D7897-15.

The Cool Roof Time Machine method allows new cool roof technologies to undergo preliminary testing in a much shorter time period than was previously possible. This is predicted to help accelerate new energy-efficient technologies to market.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory was honored for seven developments, including the Roof Savings Calculator Suite, a web-based tool for simulating energy flow and loss in both commercial and residential buildings. The tool is said to be more accurate than previous government simulation models, predicting the cost savings incurred if a building owner chooses to make efficient roofing upgrades.

Glass and Surface Coatings

Nanostructured Anti-Reflecting and Water-Repellent Surface Coatings, developed at Brookhaven National Lab, made the list, designed to texture substrates including silicon, glass and some plastics. The nanotech “coatings,” actually a layer etched into the substrate, could be useful in applications including self-cleaning solar cells.

Brookhaven Lab nanotech
Brookhaven National Lab

Brookhaven National Laboratory's nanotech “coatings,” actually a layer etched into the substrate, could be useful in applications including self-cleaning solar cells.

Solarban 90 Glass, from glass manufacturer Vitro, is reportedly the first architectural glass to incorporate PPG’s “quad-silver” coating technology to help transmit daylight while blocking the heat of the sun’s radiation. It was honored for its potential to decrease climate-control costs in buildings.

Other Coating Developments

Dow Coating Materials made it onto this year’s list with its Canvera polyolefin dispersions. Designed for use in interior coatings for steel and aluminum food and beverage containers, Canvera dispersions are said to help protect the substrate from corrosion, and protect the food or beverage from direct contact with the metal.

PPG was honored for the development of Enviro-Prime EPIC Electrocoat with Organic Catalyst. The electrocoat product, for use by automotive original equipment manufacturers, is designed to provide resistance to corrosion and chemicals, in a water-based, environmentally friendly formulation that complies with increasing environmental regulations.

R&D 100 winners receive plaques and marketing opportunities provided by R&D Magazine.


Tagged categories: Automotive coatings; Awards and honors; Building envelope; Building Envelope; Coatings Technology; Dow Coating Materials; Energy efficiency; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Nanotechnology; North America; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers); PPG; Research and development

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