Weekly Poll (72)


Which of the following types of industrial floor coatings have you found to be most durable?


Chicago City Council recently passed its 2022 Energy Transformation Code, making the city one of the first major U.S. cities and the first city in Illinois to adopt and exceed the 2021 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code. Do you think other cities will follow suit for decarbonization?


Have you submitted a nomination for the 2022 JPCL Prestige Awards program?


Scientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have recently invented a clear fireproof coating designed to protect wood surfaces and materials. Once licensed, do you think this coating will become widely used in timber buildings?


Civil engineers at the University of Dayton can now utilize a new virtual reality lab to “bring buildings to life,” allowing students to better understand a building’s placement and operation before construction commences. Do you believe this technology will be useful for building design and inspection in the industry?


The Canadian government recently published a renewed version of its Federal Agenda regarding volatile organic compound (VOC) controls on industry products. Do you believe the new actions will improve air quality in the country?


The Scott Base research facility in Antarctica New Zealand was originally painted with linseed oil-based paint in freezing level temperatures. For its new coating, a powder coat-type paint will be factory-applied. Do you believe this method will be more effective in protecting the structure?


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced in May that a new paint recycling program was underway. Do you think more states should adopt PaintCare programs?


Is your company experiencing delays and other issues due to the supply chain, availability of raw materials or inflation?


Researchers are now considering how the “Whitest White” paint developed by Purdue University could slash carbon emissions and, in some cases, replace air conditioning units. Do you believe the use of coatings could aid in a global cooling effect?


The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development recently released a report on the commercial availability and current uses of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances found in various paints, coatings and varnishes, recommending further work is needed to understand the health and environmental risks. Do you believe enough is being done to better protect painters from these substances?


A recent request to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asked the agency to reconsider its final risk evaluation regarding C.I. Pigment Violet 29. The shared belief between the requesters is that hazards associated with PV29 should be identified at the manufacturer level and that facilities use OSHA-regulated safety measures to reduce risks of exposure. Do you believe that the EPA’s rulemaking should remain in effect?


When it comes to specifying coatings for concrete floors, how do you rank the priorities?


How important is it to you to use green technology when it is an option?


One significant change to California’s 2022 Building Energy Efficiency Standards sees the code applying not only to homes, but businesses, as well, requiring solar panels and battery storage in commercial spaces. Do you believe the code should expand even further into commercial space, or should it be mostly limited to residential housing?


According to a team of researchers, the implementation of a transparent graphene veil can prevent up to 70% of pigment fading in painted artworks. Given the health and safety concerns associated with engineered nanoparticles, do you think the coatings protection outweighs the risk?


The London office of architecture firm Perkins&Will recently announced tis development of a searchable directory of sustainable products to help minimize the carbon footprint of interior projects. Do you think the directory will be beneficial to the industry?


The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently confirmed that the U.S. Green Building Council is piloting a new credit for the installation of cool exterior walls in new homes, schools and commercial buildings for the purpose of mitigating urban heat islands. Do you think the pilot credit will inspire more facility owners to integrate cool walls?


Engineers from Purdue University recently created what they’re calling “the whitest paint yet.” How long until you think building and facility owners will be able to utilize the coating to cool down their buildings as intended?


Global food and beverage company Kraft Heinz recently announced a new pilot program that’s demonstrating a roofing material made from the company’s recycled flexible packaging. Do you believe the recycled flexible plastic packaging will outperform current standard building materials?


Recently, President Joe Biden reversed Executive Order 13967 of Dec. 18, 2020, Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture. Do you believe all federal buildings in Washington, D.C., as well as new federal courthouses and certain other federal buildings should be designed in architectural styles other than “classical” or “traditional?”


Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered copper surfaces for residual use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. How soon do you think the industry could see the utilization of these coatings in residential properties?


In December, former President Donald J. Trump signed the “Executive Order on Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture,” which orders all federal buildings in Washington, D.C., as well as new federal courthouses and certain other federal buildings be designed in “classical” or “traditional” styles of architecture. Do you think the EO will overly confine architectural style?


The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has recently awarded a $600,000 grant to Rolls-Royce University materials science and engineering professor and technology center director Elizabeth J. Opila with the aim to increase turbine engine coatings’ temperature tolerance by 200 degrees Celsius. If successful, do you see the coatings being utilized in other infrastructure forms?


Regarding the PaintSquare Connect curriculum, what tracks would you have liked to see more content?


With the public comment period slated to come to a close next week regarding the revised draft risk evaluation for C.I. Pigment Violet 29, do you think the industry will choose to more strictly regulate the chemical?


London-based Heatherwick Studio recently released design plans for a proposed flood-resistant ecological park in San Francisco’s South Beach neighborhood. Do you think expect other new coastal commercial projects will take similar approaches to potential flood protection?


The U.S. Green Building Council reported last month that more than 130 LEED projects have engaged in its Safety First pilot credits in support of “healthy reopening plans in response to the pandemic.” Do you think the number of projects will continue to increase?


Last month, the National Football League’s Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers announced the official opening of the $5 billion SoFi Stadium—one of the most expensive stadiums ever built. Although spectators won’t be able to visit the structure until 2021, do you think the stadium will eventually pay for itself?


In April, PaintSquare Press published “Cool Roof Policy Updates Trend in US Cities” regarding the installation of reflective roofing products on new and existing buildings in the United States. While the last 10 years have shown a major uptick in adopting policies by U.S. cities, how long do you believe it will take to incorporate a policy in each of the nation’s states?


Back in December, St. Louis became the latest city to pass green roof legislation, requiring that all commercial, residential and multifamily construction be “solar ready.” Do you believe the legislation will urge residents to take advantage of solar power?


Researchers from Oregon State University’s College of Science have reported that they’re looking at new ways to design pigments to be more stable, durable and non-toxic with vivid hues. Do you think their research will be successful in determining key ingredients for vivid colors so that pigments can be discovered over shorter time periods?


Last month, Connecticut lawmakers announced that federal funding for research on pyrrhotite and its impact on foundations was included in a spending bill. Do you think the research will help residents come up with a plan to combat the area’s deteriorating foundations?


At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, engineers recently developed a new ultrathin coating, reported to camouflage heat when viewed through infrared technology. Do you think the research findings will one day be beneficial to applications in heat transfer, camouflage or even clothing as to protect personal privacy?


UNStudio and Monopol Colors are currently showcasing “The Coolest White” paint—an extremely reflective white paint—in the “State of Extremes” in Israel’s Design Museum Holon’s Decennial Exhibition. Reported to prolong the lifecycle of urban building and structure coatings to 30 years, do you think the coating will be used in more future projects?


Last month, Boston-based company Apis Cor announced the completion of what it touts as the largest 3D-printed building in the world. Constructed in just 21 days, do you think we will see more rapid commercial construction projects with the use of 3D printers?


Last month, the Commercial Painting Industry Association officially launched to provide more resources to commercial painting business owners, as well as create a deeper connection between commercial industry leaders. Do you think the member-based organization will be beneficial for professional commercial painting contractors?


Recently, the city of Milwaukee Plan Commission and the Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee approved changes to the Ascent timber building (slated to be the tallest wooden building in North America) to make the structure even taller. How long do you think the structure will be able to keep this title after its completion?


At the beginning of September, it was reported that a panel of independent experts approved a $100 million fix for the sinking and tilting 58-story Millennium Tower in San Francisco. Do you think the installation of 52 new piles, extending twice the distance into the bedrock of the north and west sides will prove to reduce future sinking and improve the structure’s seismic performance?


In August, researchers based out of the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, India, announced the development of a new way to protect ships from corrosion using a compound from mango leaves. Though further testing still needs to be conducted, do you think the technology will be used in future industrial coating products?


Researchers from Columbia University have recently developed a new coating material inspired by the Saharan Silver Ant to keep buildings cool. According to physics professor Nanfang Yu and his team, the developing coating can reflect up to 99% of sunlight. Slated to require more research and testing, when do you predict the technology will be released into the market?


In June, Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis went on record to say that Pittsburgh’s International Airport couldn’t afford to not rehabilitate the facility. Although PIT only sees a fraction of annual passengers since its opening in 1992 (from 38 million to 8 million), do you agree that a $783.8M project—that includes decreasing the size and upgrading the terminals—is necessary?


With responses due for the “Building a Safer Future” by July 31—a fourth consultation on improving fire and structural safety for high-rise housing in the United Kingdom involving various revisions including: increased residential building height; revised concept of duty holders; and stronger voices for residents (to name a few)—do you think the new Implementation Plan will help to prevent future tragedies like the Grenfell Tower fire?


In May, the French Senate passed a bill requiring Notre Dame to be rebuilt to its “last known state.” Do you think this is the rightful decision for the historic landmark, or would a proposed innovative design have been more appropriate?


Last month, President Donald J. Trump announced the lift of United States’ tariffs on steel and aluminum products for Canada and Mexico. Do you agree with this move?


Researchers from the Corrosion and Coatings Engineering Branch at Naval Surface Welfare Center, Carderock Division are currently evaluating coatings that could possibly mitigate corrosion on Navy vessels. How soon do you think we could see these developing products on the market?


At the tail end of April, NYC passed a green roof bill, requiring all new commercial and residential buildings in the city to have 100% green roofs made up of plants, solar panels or small wind turbines—or a combination of all three. Do you think 100% coverage is an achievable goal?


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with the city’s Department of Buildings, announced just last month that there would be major updates taking effect in the city’s building code, including reducing barriers to cost-effective construction and developing a wider range of materials and technologies. The changes represent the first major revisions to the standard in 70 years. Do you think other cities are in need of these kinds of upgrades?


Recently, an opening ceremony was held for the debut of New York City’s $25 billion Hudson Yards development, which includes a 150-foot-tall interactive centerpiece dubbed "the Vessel." Do you think other U.S. cities will be inspired to start building more innovative structures?


UNStudio and Monopol Colors recently announced that they've developed a new "extremely reflective white paint" that has been given a Total Solar Reflectance rating of 80—about 5-10 points above other white paints, according to the companies. Do you think we'll start to see even higher TSR scores as research goes on?


With China’s Crystal skybridge (also known as a "horizontal skyscraper," which connects several high rises) set to open later this year, do you think we will see other dense cities making use of connecting their existing structures in the sky for more commercial and residential space?


A recent feature argues that, with regard to air and water barriers, the importance of fastener penetrations, such as at cladding attachments, is often overlooked and underestimated. Do you agree?


A recent feature notes that proper training programs are a necessity to prepare workers to recognize variables that cause a roofing system to fail. Do you agree?


Many coatings suppliers have reported that increased raw-materials prices hurt their bottom line in 2017. Have rising material costs impacted your business in the past year?


Researchers worldwide have been working in recent years to develop nontoxic and biobased antifouling agents to eventually replace traditional antifoulants in marine coatings. Is a sea change coming soon in the antifouling world?


According to a D+D feature published in January, hybridization and specialty additives will allow further development in the realm of waterborne roof coatings. Which area do you think will see higher performance?


The Denver Green Roof Initiative that passed last month in Colorado not only requires new, large buildings to be constructed with green roofs but also requires buildings of a certain size to install green roofs when the current one is up for replacement. Do you think more cities should follow suit?


How often do you work with specialty-function coatings (such as fire-resistive coatings, antifouling paint or heat-resistant coatings) in your day-to-day work?


European regulators are considering a proposal to put titanium dioxide on a list of suspected carcinogens. Is this the right move?


The Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing its rules for the revamped Toxic Substances Control Act, which received its first update in 40 years last summer. Under the new law, the EPA must test all the chemicals in the marketplace, with a target of about 2,000 a year. Do you think this is realistic?


Some recent high profile projects have architectural designs that utilize ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) technology. Do you consider this material to be a viable option for years to come?


Researchers are currently developing a glass-based coating for ships and rooftops. Do you believe this will be beneficial for protecting them from heat and sun?


Winter storms have wreaked havoc with buildings throughout the U.S. Northeast. How much snow and ice accumulation do you allow on your rooftops before removing or melting it?


What architectural energy improvements do you believe offer the best bang for the buck?


What paint/coatings trends are you watching most closely right now?


What coatings segment will benefit most from changes in government policy over the coming years?


What is your opinion about the level of technical knowledge, as evidenced by strong specifications, in the architectural community?


What technology do you prefer for permanent (non-sacrificial) anti-graffiti coatings?


SSPC recently announced the launch of a new Commercial/Light Industrial Interest Group that will focus on developing standards and guides related to surface preparation, coatings selection and coatings application for this sector. What do you believe is the most important need in this market?


In what performance area would innovations in architectural coatings be most valuable to you?


What anti-graffiti paint technology are you currently specifying to coat sound barriers, privacy walls, or other architectural surfaces?


How would you like to see architectural coatings improve in coming years?


 
 
   

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