Daily Quiz (231)


Fire-resistant coatings are designed:


Recently, researchers from the University of Liverpool were awarded 615,000 pounds (roughly $809,235) in funding for the development of this type of coating:


SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings published its “Fact Sheet: Use of Hazardous Materials including Flammables in Confined Spaces” at the request of the Chemical Safety Board after what deadly fire?


True or false: NFPA 34 is the standard for the manufacture of organic coatings.


True or false: NFPA 285 is a test that provides a method of determining the flammability characteristics of exterior, non-load bearing wall assemblies/panels?


True or false: Sprayed fire-resistive materials are intumescent coatings.


True or false: HUD publishes fire resistance ratings of archaic building materials.


What is the difference between resistance requirements of a vapor barrier and an air barrier?


True or false: Reflectance and heat resistance are not the two main properties of cool roof coatings.


Intumescent coatings must contain an acid source, a carbon source and what other component?


True or false: Both cementitious and fibrous spray-applied, fire-resistant materials can contain Portland cement binders.


Ion exchange pigments would most likely be found in what type of coating?


True or false: The New York State Department of Transportation has a test procedure, titled “Determining the Graffiti Resistance of Anti-Graffiti Coatings.”


True or false: UL1709 is the test that provides a method of determining the flammability characteristics of exterior, non-load-bearing wall assemblies/panels.


True or false: Tests of fire resistive materials are conducted in real fire conditions.


Which of the following is an anti-graffiti coating that functions by low "surface-free energy"?


True or false: A liquid-applied air barrier is claimed to seal cracks, rough openings, seams and sheathing joints on above-grade walls.


What organization publishes the technical manual Standard Practice for the Testing and Inspection of Intumescent Fire-Resistive Materials?


True or false: Thin-film, intumescent coatings for building interiors often employ vinyl-acrylic or acrylic resins.


True or false: MPI has a product validation program for deck coatings.


True or false: Ammonium polyphosphate can be found in intumescent coatings.


True or false: Silicone foul-release coatings on ship’s hulls now require repair approximately every 10 years, according to a JPCL article writer.


True or false: Air barriers must be able to withstand greater pressures than vapor barriers can.


True or false: Jet fire tests are not used to determine the heat-insulating capabilities of intumescent coatings in cellulosic fires.


True or false: Silver is sometimes used as a biocidal agent in coatings.


True or false: Testing of fire-resistive materials for a cellulosic fire requires a gradually increasing temperature until it reaches 2,000 F after an hour.


True or false: HUD publishes fire resistance ratings of archaic building materials.


True or false: Mixed metal oxide pigments produced at high temperatures are used for fire resistance in coatings.


True or false: The NFPA has a standard measuring the functional durability of spray-applied, fire-resistive coatings.


True or false: Using silicone over epoxy does not work well in a metal roof coating system, according to a JPCL article.


True or false: In coating work, the cold wall effect is created with a liquid-applied air barrier.


True or false: Spray foam systems can act as effective air barrier systems either externally applied over structural elements or internally applied within cavity systems.


What organization has a council that deals with architectural coatings?


In discussing how to achieve success in coating concrete, a noted authority named “the culprit that’s echoed across the industry when it comes to coating failure.” What culprit did he name?


According to a PaintSquare writer, the floor coating material of choice for the food and beverage industry is which of the following?


True or false: When a manufacturer claims that a microbicidal coating kills 99.9% of certain infectious bacteria, the coating must be tested and registered by the EPA.


True or False: AAMA Subcommittee D01.42 deals with standards for architectural coatings.


What is the function of a fire-retardant paint, according to ASTM?


True or false: Low-build coatings can meet the most rigorous air-barrier performance requirements of the International Code Council.


True or false: The slipperiness of a wood floor finish is influenced most by the generic type of the finish material and its film formation.


True or false: UL publishes the technical manual Standard Practice for the Testing and Inspection of Intumescent Fire-Resistive Materials.


What coating type has been described as the “the king of PFP” (passive fire protection) in hot and cold climates?


True or false: In the Masterspec section on fluid-applied air barriers, only high-build coatings meet the most rigorous air-barrier performance requirements of the International Code Council.


True or false: Silyl-terminated polyether technology is sometimes employed to create liquid-applied air barriers.


True or false: The SWRI has a performance standard for liquid-applied flashing materials used on the exterior wall openings of buildings.


What is the name of the organizations in many major cities around the country, with the aim of advancing the technology of constructing the building enclosure or envelope?


True or false: Ion exchange pigments provide antifouling properties to coatings.


True or false: Zinc phosphate is not an inhibitive pigment used in coatings for corrosion control.


True or false: ICRI has recently published a Concrete Coating Texture Standard.


True or false: According to a PaintSquare blogger in speaking about the Grenfell Tower fire, fire-resistive tests “serve as comparative, and not predictive, tools.”


True or false: UL publishes the technical manual, Standard Practice for the Testing and Inspection of Intumescent Fire-Resistive Materials.


What is one important difference between an air barrier and a vapor barrier in terms of resistance properties?


True or false: Non-toxic, foul-release coatings for ships hulls are often based on silicone elastomers.


True or false: UL (Underwriters Laboratories) publishes inspection manuals dealing with spray-applied, fire-resistive coating materials.


True or false: The 2019 World of Concrete includes a three-hour seminar on concrete polishing.


True or false: The U.S. and Russia have conducted joint research on cost-effective air barrier systems.


True or false: The structural steel exoskeleton of the New York Times Building is protected with an intumescent coating.


True or false: The Air Barrier Association of America has evaluated and listed the fluid-applied air barriers for walls from 52 companies.


For what main reason are penetrating sealers avoided by conservators on the masonry substrates of historic structures?


True or false: There is an intumescent coating for application over SPF insulation.


True or false: Silicone, liquid-applied air barriers—particularly those that are water-based—offer primerless adhesion to most construction substrates, says a Durability + Design article.


What is the name given to the zinc ammonium chloride solution that cleans and deposits a protective layer on steel before it is immersed in molten zinc to achieve galvanizing?


True or false: Forest Products Laboratories validates the results of performance tests published by manufacturers of deck coatings.


Sealers and thin-film floor coatings typically require a profile in what CSP range, according to a recent Durability + Design In Depth article?


What government agency mandated in May this year that solar panels be installed on most new homes?


True or false: The exoskeleton of the New York Times building was coated with a system that included an intumescent coating.


What organization describes itself as “an international association of building envelope consultants”?


True or false: Preservationists always prefer penetrating sealers over coatings on masonry substrates in work to preserve historic structures.


True or false: Studies have shown that foul-release coatings are the most effective types in combating macro-fouling organisms like zebra and quagga mussels.


True or false: Zinc dust is an inhibitive pigment used in coatings for corrosion control.


True or false: Gold, silver, copper and aluminum are all applied as thin leaf for decorative purposes.


True or false: FRCMs is the acronym for gypsum-based or cementitious fire-resistant materials.


True or false: California has set a policy goal that all homes constructed in 2040 or after must be energy-neutral.


True or false: A drawdown bar is used to apply gold leaf to a metal substrate.


True or false: Shotcrete can be used to create an intumescent coating over steel in building interiors.


True or false: Ammonium polyphosphate is typically found in antifouling coatings.


True or false: Walnut shells are used in some non-slip, textured coatings.


Barrier and sacrificial protection are two forms of corrosion control that can be formulated into a coating. What is a third?


True or false: Some types of fire-resistant intumescent coatings for steel have required as many as six coats to meet standards.


What organization publishes a guide that addresses the structural performance of the most commonly used composite thermal barrier framing systems?


What organization recently announced the creation of an Exterior Facade Fire Evaluation Comparison Tool to determine risk in high-rise buildings with combustible facades?


True or false: An Atlas Test Cell is normally used to test the performance of liquid-applied air barriers.


True or false: According to ABAA, “A water resistive barrier is a thin membrane, typically 5 to 15 mils thick (.005 to 0.015 in. or 0.13 to .38 mm), which is intended to resist liquid water that has penetrated behind the exterior cladding” of a building.


True or false: A convertible coating after film formation and drying can be re-dissolved in the solvent from which it was originally deposited.


True or false: Architectural coatings are sometimes called “Trade Sales Coatings.”


What organization publishes fire resistance ratings of archaic building materials?


True or false: Building envelope forensic consultants state that transitions from openings in the substrate to the air barrier is the biggest identified point of failure in air barrier systems, according to a recent D+D article.


True or false: Penetrating sealers prevent moisture from entering and exiting concrete substrates.


True or false: According to a recent statement in D+D magazine, full-refinement concrete polishing is being challenged by methods that shortcut the process.


What organization offers the credential of Registered Building Envelope Consultant?


According to ASTM, what is the function of a fire-retardant coating?


The fire-resistance ratings of intumescent coatings are expressed in what terms?


True or false: There are now clear distinctions between “waterproof” and “water-resistant,” according to a recent D+D article.


True or false: A recent D+D article classifies silicones and polysiloxanes as permanent anti-graffiti coatings.


What organization publishes fire-resistance data on archaic building materials?


True or false: SSPC has a Paint Application standard for applying intumescent coatings to steel.


True or false: If a local building code requires compliance with ASHRAE 90.1, then a complete air barrier system must be part of the building enclosure.


True or false: Sprayed fire-resistive materials are intumescent coatings.


According to ASTM, what is the function of a fire-retardant coating?


True or false: Some intumescent coatings can require up to 100 days to apply.


True or false: The use of copper in antifouling coatings has been approved in Europe through 2026.


What topcoat technology is most noted for its high degree of thermal stability and heat-resistance?


Underwriters Laboratories (UL) tests and approves what two categories of intumescent coatings?


True or false: Silyl-terminated polyether technology is now used to create sprayable air barriers.


True or false: Walnut shells are sometimes used in non-slip, textured coatings.


According to the ASTM definition, what is the function of a fire-retardant?


About how many air barrier contractors have been accredited by the Air Barrier Association of America?


What is the difference between vapor barriers and an air barriers in terms of their resistance requirements?


True or false: In a recent Durability + Design article, John Straube pointed to ABAA and BECs (Building Enclosure Councils) as sources of good training and technical information about air barriers.


Cementitious, fire-resistive coatings for unexposed structural steel in buildings often contain which of these materials?


True or false: Intumescent fire-resistive coatings are classified as active rather than passive fireproofing materials.


How does an intumescent coating function?


True or false: The Department of Energy’s 2014 Windows and Building Envelope Research and Development Roadmap for Emerging Technologies states that the cost of an air barrier system for a new building can be recovered in less than five years.


True or false: Alkyds are the main generic type of sacrificial anti-graffiti coatings.


True or false: Cementitious fireproofing provides both fire resistance and good aesthetics.


In the Masterspec section on fluid-applied air barriers, which category of coating meets the most rigorous air-barrier performance requirements of the International Code Council?


What is the name of the test that provides a method of determining the flammability characteristics of exterior, non-load-bearing wall assemblies/panels?


What organization is developing a standard tentatively titled “Laboratory Performance Requirements for Coatings for Concrete Masonry Units in Air Barrier Assemblies”?


What organization has a standard measuring the functional durability of spray-applied, fire-resistive coatings?


What is the acronym for gypsum-based or cementitious fire-resistant materials?


True or false: Fire-resistive, intumescent coatings sometimes have epoxy and sometimes acrylic resin systems.


True or false: The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) trains and certifies air barrier contractors, installers and architects.


What organization is developing the “Guide for Fluid Applied Air Barrier Coatings for Concrete Masonry Units”?


True or false: Fire-resistive and fire-retardant paints perform the same function.


True or false: UL will not approve an intumescent, fire-resistive coating material if it is topcoated.


Which one of the following coating types is the least commonly used as an air barrier?


True or false: Silanes are classified as semi-permanent anti-graffiti coatings.


The presentation, “Adding Air Barrier and Thermal Improvements to Existing Facilities,” was given yesterday, March 14, 2016 at what event?


Both mechanical loads from heating and cooling equipment and the stack effect of conditioned air rising or settling can contribute to air and water leaks through holes in building envelope materials. What’s another contributor?


True or false: The National Air Barrier Association (NABA) is headquartered in Massachusetts.


True or false: The amount of water condensing from an air leak in a wall is much greater than the amount that occurs with water vapor diffusion through the wall.


True or false: The U.S. and China have conducted joint research on cost-effective air barrier systems.


Cementitious, fire-resistive coatings for unexposed structural steel in buildings often contain which of these materials?


What organization published a voluntary standard in 2015 on reactive coatings for fire protection of metallic substrates?


True or False: Passive fire protection materials are sometimes evaluated in a jet fire test.


What organization has the mission of being the voice for air barrier knowledge?


Anti-graffiti coatings removed during cleaning are classified as what type?


What state transportation department has a test procedure, titled “Determining the Graffiti Resistance of Anti-Graffiti Coatings”?


True or false: The amount of water condensing from an air leak in a wall is much less than the amount that occurs with water vapor diffusion through the wall.


True or false: The quality of workmanship is not seen as a potential weakness of liquid-applied air barriers.


True or false: Where insulation is required to maintain hot service in tanks and piping, thermal insulative coatings are now sometimes used in place of insulating wraps covered with metallic jackets.


True or false: Thick-film intumescent coatings are used only to resist the impact of cellulosic fires on structural steel.


True or false: SSPC has a qualification procedure (QP) to assure the qualifications of installers of liquid-applied air barriers.


True or false: Acrylics are used in reflective roof coatings, air barriers, and adhesives and sealants.


For high-heat applications (above 1,000 degrees F), you would select a coating from among which of the following generic types?


True or false: The amount of water condensing from an air leak in a wall is much greater than the amount that occurs with water vapor diffusion through the wall.


True or false: Both fire-retardant and fire-resistant coatings are classified as passive fire protection materials.


True or false: Self-adhered membrane air barriers can sometimes be applied in temperatures colder than are acceptable for liquid-applied air barriers.


True or false: Several Continuous Insulation (CI) materials are also recognized as approved air barrier materials by the IECC.


True or false: Concrete masonry walls coated with a block filler followed by 2 coats of a paint or sealer coating are among pre-approved air barrier assemblies deemed to comply with a maximum air leakage rate of 0.04 cfm/sq. ft. in the 2102 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).


True or false: Coatings specified to be used on the faying surfaces of slip-critical bolted connections on steel structures must be tested and classified for their slip-coefficient properties.


True or false: Passive fire protection materials are sometimes evaluated in a jet fire test.


True or false: Air barrier installers are certified by the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC).


Fluoropolymers are generally classified as what type of anti-graffiti coating?


What organization publishes a Whole Building Design Guide, in which “Air Barrier Systems in Buildings” is found?


True or false: According to Andre Desjarlais of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, infiltration and exfiltration account for 20 to 30 percent of the cooling and heating loads in commercial and residential buildings.


What makes an anti-graffiti coating sacrificial?


True or False: The PosiTest Air Leak Tester is a laboratory device for determining if mock-ups have air leaks.


Twelve air barrier suppliers, Syracuse University, the Air Barrier Association of America and what other organization jointly worked on research to determine the energy performance of air barrier materials?


True or False: Both zinc and aluminum are used as thermal spray materials for corrosion protection of steel.


True or False: Fire resistance ratings of materials protected with intumescent coatings are expressed in the (degrees Fahrenheit) temperature that the coating can withstand before it fails.


What organization is developing a guide for testing the suitability of thin-film coatings as air barriers?


What ASTM technical committee has a subcommittee that deals with air barriers?


In what organization is the Heat Island Group?


True or False? Air and vapor barriers on the exterior walls of a building of Type I, II, III or IV construction, 40 feet or higher, are exempted from having to undergo the NFPA 285 burn test that the wall assemblies have to undergo in the 2012 version of the International Building Code.


What ASTM Committee deals with air barriers?


True or False? Coatings resistant to high heat (above 450° F) are typically based on organic resins.


True or false: UL will not approve an intumescent, fire-resistive coating material if it is topcoated.


What organization publishes the technical manual Standard Practice for the Testing and Inspection of Intumescent Fire-Resistive Materials?


Hydrocarbon wax is used in what type of anti-graffiti coating?


True or False: Air leakage into a building can generate much more moisture than moisture vapor transmission can.


True or false: In the International Building Code, air and vapor barriers are not required to pass NFPA 285 fire test of wall assemblies containing combustible materials.


True or false: Some fire-resistant, intumescent coatings are used on wood substrates.


What was the location of the recent field testing on air barrier performance conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Air Barrier Association of America?


What organization has teamed up with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in a large research study to quantify the performance and cost-effectiveness of air barriers?


True or false: A three-year study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory found that EIFS performed better in resisting moisture and acting as a thermal barrier than other wall assemblies, such as stucco, brick, concrete block, and cement board.


Sacrificial anti-graffiti coatings are normally made with what ingredient below?


Where is the three-year study, “Assessment of the Impact of Air Barriers on Energy and Moisture Control,” being conducted?


True or false: Primers and topcoats used with intumescent, fire-resistant coatings, as well as the intumescent coatings themselves, require UL approval.


True or false: Fire-resistant, intumescent coatings for steel are applied in one to three coats.


Which of the following statements about intumescent, fire-resistive coatings is not true?


Which group is currently conducting a multiphase program to quantify the benefits of air-barrier technology?


Cementitious, fire-resistive coatings for unexposed structural steel in buildings often contain which of these materials?


True or false: Intumescent, fire-resistive coatings cannot be applied with plural-component spray equipment.


The Oak Ridge National Laboratory and what other organization are partners in a research study to quantify the energy-efficiency gains achieved with air barriers?


True or false: ASTM has test methods for measuring the air barrier performance all of the following: materials, assemblies, and whole buildings.


Which resin type has the greatest heat resistance?


True or false: There are standard tests to determine performance of air barrier materials.


True or false: An air/vapor barrier should be part of the building-envelope assembly in warm climates but not cold climates.


Among the chemistry types commonly used for reflective roof coatings, which has the most heat resistance, according to a recent D+D article?


What organization has developed a test method to determine air leakage of air barrier assemblies?


Sacrificial anti-graffiti coatings are often made from what material type?


The structural steel exoskeleton of the New York Times Building, completed in 2008, is coated with what specialty material, in addition to anticorrosive and UV-resistant layers?


What organization trains and certifies air barrier contractors?


True or false: For high heat exposure and resistance to chemicals, except fluorine, potassium silicate polymer concretes are a good choice.


According to Vince Cammalleri of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, in an interview with D+D, liquid-applied air barriers have what positive attribute?


Which one of the following coating types is the least commonly used as an air barrier?


What organization recently conducted a study on the air barrier performance of conventional coatings applied at conventional film thicknesses?


Which of the following antigraffiti coating types is likely to be the most durable and resistant to repeated cleaning with detergents?


Which of the following is not considered an advantage of liquid-applied air barriers?


Which of the following is classified as a sacrificial anti-graffiti coating material?


The 2012 International Energy Conservation Code for the first time gives air barrier performance requirements for what building constituents?


Accordiing to UL's Fire Resistance Directory, how is a coating categorized when its purpose is to reduce flame spread?


True or false: The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) lists and describes the products of 9 companies in its specification on Fluid-applied Air and Vapor Barriers.


True or false: To achieve good esthetics and fire resistance on exposed structural steel in building interiors, cementitious spray-applied fire resistant materials should be used.


An epoxy-modified siloxane clear coating would be classified as what type of anti-graffiti coating?


What organization issued “Technical Bulletin # 16: Air Barriers” in April this year?


Air barriers provide what benefit to buildings?


Which of the following coating types is not normally used as a permanent (non-sacrificial) anti-graffiti coating?


True or false: UL will not approve an intumescent, fire-resistive coating material if it is topcoated.


True or False: ASHRAE's Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings (90.1-2010) requires use of an air barrier in the building envelope, with a few exceptions.


What organization publishes inspection manuals dealing with spray-applied, fire-resistive coating materials?


True or false: Liquid-applied air barrier systems often require the limited use of peel and stick materials.


True or false: Water-vapor pressure is normally lower than air pressure on a structure.


What type of material is normally used to create a sacrificial anti-graffiti coating?


True or false: An air barrier, in addition to improving the energy efficiency of a building, minimizes moisture transport through the building envelope.


Slip resistance of wood-floor finishes are influenced most by what characteristic?


Which of the following binder types would normally not be specified as a liquid-applied air barrier?


A liquid-applied air barrier has what main advantage over a sheet-applied material?


True or false: Anti-graffiti coatings are loosely classified as either permanent or sacrificial.


What organization has developed a test method to determine air leakage of air barrier assemblies?


True or false: Primers and topcoats used with intumescent, fire-resistant coatings, as well as the intumescent coatings themselves, require the approval of Underwriters Laboratories.


What is the difference between resistance requirements of a vapor barrier and an air barrier?


True or false: The fire-resistance ratings of intumescent coatings are expressed in terms of hours, indicating how long the coating can adequately protect the substrate in a fire.


Why are fluorine-based polymers among the best permanent anti-graffiti coatings?


True or false: EIFS (exterior insulating and finishing system) often includes an air barrier, an insulation layer, a reinforced polymer cement basecoat, and a textured finish coat


What is the main reason that thin-film intumescent fire-resistant coatings are preferred in clean-room environments rather than cementitious fireproofing?


Liquid-applied air barriers are generally superior to self-adhering membranes in what way?


True or false: Air leakage into a building can generate much more moisture than moisture vapor transmission can.


Which of the coatings below would you recommend for high heat service to 1000° F?


Which of the following is an anti-graffiti coating that functions by low "surface-free energy?"


 
 
   

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