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Durability: A Top Priority for Designers

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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U.S. architects consider durability the most important attribute for any building product, including green products, according to a new industry survey.

In weighing green building products, architects sought product durability first, followed by environmental product declarations and independent product certifications, the survey, commissioned by PPG Industries, found.

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Glass and coatings manufacturer PPG Industries Inc. commissioned the architect survey, which was conducted by an independent market research organization.

The designers also indicated lifecycle assessments were important to consider.

PPG says it has commissioned architect surveys at regular intervals since 2003. The company noted that the priority for lifecycle assessements declined slighly compared to the last two surveys conducted in 2008 and 2012.

For building products in general, durability was followed in importance by product warranties, product features and the responsiveness of product manufacturer representatives.

Paint and Coatings Results

The survey respondents also identified Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore, and PPG as the top three green building leaders for interior architectural paint and coatings, according to PPG.

Further, the brands were the three most recommended by architects in the interior architectural paints category, according to the survey.

Survey Details

The survey was completed by 629 qualified architects, producing ±3.9 percent accuracy at the 95-percent confidence level, according to PPG. It reached a representative cross-section of U.S. architects by firm size, geography, job title and years of experience.

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Architects list durability at the top of their priority list when it comes to building products, including paint and coatings.

Consistent with past surveys commissioned by the coatings company, about 30 percent of responding firms reported doing work outside the U.S. Twenty-nine percent cited work in China and Canada, while 16 percent claimed work in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Twelve percent of surveyed firms have done project work in Mexico, and 10 percent each completed work in the United Kingdom and South Korea.


Tagged categories: Architecture; Building design; Durability; Green building; Industry surveys; PPG

Comment from Andrew Piedl, (10/28/2014, 11:19 AM)

I find it disturbing that 629 'qualified architects' considered 'product warranties' more important than product features.

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (10/29/2014, 8:11 AM)

I would rather have a product which stands behind more modest claims than a product which makes more feature-rich claims which aren't really backed by the manufacturer other than the brochure. I have seen too many "feature rich" products which failed to perform and had no real backing.

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