Protecting and Enhancing Your Building Envelope with Acrylic Coatings
presented by George Daisey, Dow Chemical Company
Thursday, May 22, 3:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Hall of Mirrors
Session: High Performance Architectural Coatings

Acrylic Coatings are widely used to protect and enhance the appearance and performance of the entire building envelope. Starting on the walls from the inside out, functional Acrylic coatings are used under the exterior cladding as air barriers, flashings, tie coats, vapor barriers and adhesives. Acrylic technologies are also found throughout the wall assemblies in cementitious and non-cementitious basecoats and adhesives, as well as modifiers for stucco and stucco-like coatings. The exterior surface of the walls can be enhanced in both appearance and performance by a variety of acrylic thin and thick film coatings to match almost any architecture, color or other design need. Joints and cracks in the wall assemblies are treated with acrylic caulks and sealants which meet many of the ASTM standards for joint movement. Finally, up on the roof acrylics are found in primers, basecoats, finish coats, flashings and roof patches providing protection, aesthetics and, in the case of cool roofs, energy savings for the building.

Learning Objectives:

  • Coatings Technology: Students will gain a basic understanding of acrylic coating chemistry and typical performance properties.
  • Decorative Finishes: Students will learn the difference between a decorative finish and a functional coating.
  • Building Envelope: Students will understand what is meant by the term building envelope and where coatings can be used in the building envelope.
  • Maintenance & Restoration: Students will understand how coatings can be applied as a maintenance and restoration option in lieu of total replacement of materials.

  • Speaker Bio:

    George Daisey is a Research Scientist in the Dow Construction Chemicals business unit at The Dow Chemical Company. George started his career at Dow in 1985 as a co-op student, developing polymer modifiers for cementitious systems. Upon earning both a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Minor Degree in Chemistry from Drexel University in 1988, George began working for Dow in the Separations Technology Department, developing Ion Exchange Resins for pharmaceutical applications. George moved to the Coatings department in 1990, and worked on both Sales Service and Technical Service projects for the coatings industry. In 1996, George became the Group Leader of the Exterior Exposure Group and developed a system for entering, retrieving, and tracking exposure data on a global scale. In 2002, George became a Group Leader and global coordinator for EIFS and water & air barrier coatings. George’s current area of expertise is in Elastomeric Roof & Wall Coatings. George holds a US Patent in the area of exterior latex stains. George has membership in ASTM International, the Philadelphia Society for Coatings Technology, CRRC, RRCI, and the RCMA. George resides in New Jersey.