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“We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works,” writes Douglas Adams, science-fiction author and noted technophile. Some people follow the latest trends out of pure curiosity, but this month’s D+D In Depth helps you find what works, with articles on color forecasts, technology updates and an energy savings calculator for building envelope air tightness. We also investigate coatings failure, helping you avoid what doesn’t work. — AARON JENTZEN, EDITOR / COVER PHOTO: ISTOCK.COM, GOETTINGEN

New Tool Reveals True Cost of Air Leakage: A Web-Based Energy Savings Calculator for Building Envelope Air Tightness

BY ANDRÉ DESJARLAIS, OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY

Air leakage has detrimental effects on energy use and other aspects of building performance. For building owners to invest in reducing air leakage, designers and contractors need a credible, easy-to-use tool that estimates potential energy and financial savings.


Architectural Color Trends for 2017: A Review of Paint Manufacturers’ Forecasts

BY AARON JENTZEN, EDITOR

Often, trendy colors soon fall from favor. That’s fine, if you’re talking about an outfit or even a car. In commercial architecture, however, color choices are far more significant, due to the longevity of the materials and the investment at stake.


Painted Aluminum Failures in South Florida Exposure

BY KIRK R. SHIELDS, CORROSION PROBE INC.

Painted aluminum exterior units are rapidly failing in South Florida — sometimes even before the new homes and condos are occupied. This article explores why many painted aluminum practices just don’t work in South Florida, and recommends solutions for building owners and specifiers.


The March of Technology: A Review of Recent Articles on Coatings and Related Materials

BY HAROLD HOWER, FOUNDER & CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Coatings and related construction material technologies develop at an uneven pace, one that is often dictated by external forces. Six recent technical articles represent advances and consolidations in architectural coatings and building enclosure materials.



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