Specifying high-performance coatings for structural steel framing, decking, or curtain walls can be a tall order when the application surface is located hundreds of feet above ground level. The specified coatings must protect the structural integrity of these hard-to-reach steel exposures against corrosion.
The use of high-performing materials and products has become an important strategy in the design and construction of today’s new buildings. These materials play a crucial role in a building’s efficiency, sustainability, and overall performance.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), buildings account for almost 40 percent of energy consumed in the United States. With concerns over global warming and the associated impacts of energy consumption, energy efficiency has become a critical part of building design.
Inadequate insulation and air leakage are leading causes of energy waste in most projects, and coatings selection can play a big role in reducing these inefficiencies. This article examines use of coatings in applications as diverse as cool roofs, air barriers, infrared (IR) reflective pigments, and radiant heat barriers.