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Materials selection for a project goes well beyond aesthetics; performance considerations are key. This month D+D In Depth delves into the issues of making well-informed coating selections, how moisture movement within the concrete slab might affect floor coatings, a WUFI analysis that helps determine the risks of different coating types and overcoating in certain environments, and how materials selection can impact patient health in medical settings. — AMY WOODALL, EDITOR

Selecting Coatings by Brand: A Novel SSPC Workshop

BY HAROLD HOWER, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, AND KENNETH TRIMBER, KTA-TATOR INC.

Coating suppliers have compelling data regarding how their brands compare to the competition, but this information is rarely available to the building owners, contractors and consultants who need to choose the “best” coating or water repellent for concrete and masonry buildings. A unique workshop from SSPC aims to change that.


MVT and Alkalinity in Concrete: Preparing for Floor Coating Systems

BY JOE SCHMIT, TNEMEC COMPANY INC.

It is important to understand what happens below the concrete surface when a resinous flooring system is installed. Coating failures have traditionally been attributed to the pressure created by moisture vapor transmission, but the problem may actually be alkalinity caused by the movement of moisture within the concrete slab.


Pratt & Lambert Paints

How Many Times Can I Repaint the
Exterior of My Building?

BY KEVIN BROWN, HAROLD DECELLE, AND KENNETH A. TRIMBER, KTA-TATOR INC.

The number of times a building can be repainted before permeance becomes a problem likely depends on a number of factors, including regional climate. WUFI simulation modeling is a tool that can help identify risks related to coating types and repainting scenarios on a building-specific basis.


Materials in Health Care Facilities: Beyond IAQ

BY ROBERT J. KOBET, LEED FACULTY (RETIRED), THE KOBET COLLABORATIVE

Acoustics and daylighting not only contribute to patient wellness in health care facilities, but they are also a critical area where appropriate materials selection can help create nurturing, therapeutic spaces, especially when green building principles are followed.



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