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This month D+D In Depth celebrates the practical application of new technology. As an example, the Cool Roof Rating Council presents information about how it has adopted new and highly effective laboratory testing methodology to accelerate the performance evaluation of reflective roof coatings. The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) describes how it is supporting numerous research projects, including one to develop and refine an air barrier energy calculator that will allow its users to evaluate the effectiveness of an air barrier system in terms of the energy savings it will achieve. And a major coating supplier describes its new and highly effective microbicidal coating for health-care facilities. Once again, an important multi-functionality is achieved in a coating material. — HAROLD HOWER, EDITOR

Paint as a Powerful Tool in
Health-Care Settings

BY STEVE REVNEW, SHERWIN-WILLIAMS

For many people, paint is nothing more than a color on a wall. But when it comes to coatings, especially for a health-care setting, there’s far more than meets the eye.


Selecting Coatings for Hospitals by
Service Area

BY JAYSON L. HELSEL, P.E., KTA-TATOR INC.

The author describes criteria for selection of coatings in the variety of hospital function areas and then lists and describes coating system components for each one. He deals with coatings for both walls and floors.


ABAA Programs Solidify and Promote
Air Barrier Technology

BY RYAN DALGLEISH, ABAA

The Air Barrier Association of America has undertaken a number of initiatives over the past year to improve knowledge about proper air barrier design and construction.


From 3 Years of Aging to 3 Days: Generating
Interim Roof Ratings with Laboratory Aging

BY CAROLYN RICHTER, COOL ROOF RATING COUNCIL (CRRC)

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory developed an accelerated weathering test of reflective roof coatings that correlates with the results of industry-standard, three-year exterior exposure testing. Learn how and why this accelerated testing has been applied in third-party roof ratings.



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