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New SSPC Panel Begins to Chart Course of Action for Commercial Sector

Friday, September 2, 2011

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The leadership of the newly created SSPC Commercial/Light Industrial Interest Group will embark on its mission of developing standards and guides related to surface preparation, coatings selection and coatings application at an inaugural meeting scheduled for Oct. 4 in Pittsburgh.

 Bill Shoup and Kenneth A. Trimber
 Bill Shoup and Kenneth A. Trimber

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings formally announced the approval of a steering committee of the Commercial/Light Industrial Interest Group by the SSPC Standards Review Committee. The committee created the special interest group with the intent of broadening SSPC’s focus and outreach in the commercial/light industrial sector.

The group was created following a request by SSPC members who have an interest in the development of standards and guides for the selection and use of paints, coatings and related materials for commercial and light industrial applications, said Bill Shoup, SSPC executive director.

Ken Trimber, president of KTA-Tator Inc., has been appointed chair of the special interest group. Individuals interested in participating in the group’s work can contact SSPC.

At its kick-off meeting Oct. 4, the special interest group steering committee will address a number of primary initial objectives, beginning with the development of a list of industry needs in specific areas of focus. The group also will seek to identify related work from other associations in order to avoid a duplication of effort.

Topic areas slated for discussion in the development of the list of industry needs include the following:

• Field cleaning and painting—new construction and repaints;

• Paint materials—new construction and repaints;

• Flooring;

• Air barriers;

• Contractor certification;

• Others

The group also will work to identify potential SSPC solutions for each area, such as development of guides, specifications, training, or other programs.

Separate, smaller groups will be assigned to each topic area to develop a scope of responsibility for one of several SSPC “unit committees” that will be assigned to the topic areas.

Ultimate Goal: Development of Standards, Guidelines

In outlining potential objectives for the interest group, Trimber has identified a number of potential solutions that could be developed in each of the “industry needs” areas. Examples of these potential solutions include the following.

• Written and visual standards for cleaning of cementitious surfaces

• Best practices guide for cleaning and painting

• Moisture-detection standard (Instruments, frequency, acceptance criteria)

• QA/QC guidance document on inspections and tests necessary to verify the all aspects of cleaning and painting associated with commercial buildings

• Coating system selection guide for cementitious surfaces—new construction and repainting

• Guide for selection of specialty coatings—intumescent, antimicrobial, anti-graffiti, reflective wall/roof coatings, others

• Guidance document for assessing floors for moisture content, including acceptance criteria

• Guidance document for slip testing of floors, instruments, test locations, and acceptance criteria

• Guidance document for testing thin-film coatings on CMU to serve as an air barrier, and protocol for field verification of installation

Also listed as an objective is the development of a contractor-certification program for cleaning and painting of commercial buildings, which could assume greater important as part of building-commissioning protocols.

Shoup said the organization views the work of the Commercial/Light Industrial Interest Group as an important extension of its overall mission.

“Our roots as an organization are based in standards development, especially in the areas of surface preparation and the use of high-performance coatings,” Shoup said. “We are pleased to have the chance to help advance coatings in this part of the industry.”

In a previous news story on the interest group in Durability + Design, Trimber said the group “will be tackling practical issues that we face every day—for example, how to best determine and interpret moisture content in concrete before painting, how many times can a wall be recoated before permeance becomes an issue, what floor slip-testing methods and test frequencies should be used, what needs to be done to assure that new coatings will adhere to existing standing-seam awnings and curtain walls, what type and frequency of QA and QC inspections are needed to get a good job, and many others.”

The Oct. 4 meeting will be hosted by SSPC at the headquarters of KTA-Tator Inc. near the Pittsburgh airport. Individuals interested in attending the meeting should contact SSPC’s Karen Cheng by Sept. 23 at cheng@sspc.org, phone 412/281-2331, extension 2231.

Overnight accommodations and shuttle transportation have been arranged with the Main Stay Suites, located approximately one mile from the KTA offices. For reservations, please call 412/490-7343 and request the KTA rate.

SSPC 2012 Commercial/Light Industrial Program

SSPC and the leadership of the new Commercial/Light Industrial interest group also have announced plans for a full-day seminar program on painting and related issues as part of the SSPC 2012 Greencoat Show, scheduled for Jan. 30-Feb. 2 in Tampa, Fla. The program, also sponsored by Durability + Design, will include presentations on:

• coatings-performance test methods;

• the importance of developing paint-related standards for architects and specifiers;

• extending the life cycle of coatings applied to commercial buildings;

• fundamentals of coatings selection; architectural coatings technologies targeting hospital infection protocols;

• methods for measuring moisture-vapor emission rates of concrete floors; new building codes and standards for air/vapor barriers; and

• air-barrier testing of concrete masonry assemblies.

• a review of the activities of the new special interest group

More information on SSPC 2012 Greencoat: SSPC Events.


Tagged categories: Certifications and standards; KTA-Tator; SSPC

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