The right coatings technology can provide tall buildings with extreme levels of durability and sustainability, according to AkzoNobel, which says its latest performance coatings technologies for the construction industry can do just that.
“It’s crucial that the upscale glass and metal curtain wall systems on modern constructions are technologically sufficient to meet contemporary standards of durability,” explains Ben Mitchell, extrusion marketing manager at AkzoNobel. “Certifying and specifying the correct coating solution for each skyscraper’s individual situation will help optimize the service life of the entire structure. Understanding coating performance and testing procedure on tall building finishes also helps to address environmental concerns.”
Added Jean-Paul Moonen, AkzoNobel’s global architecture powder coating marketing manager: “There has been a shift in the building industry towards solvent-free powder coatings, driven by concern about products with VOCs. Powder coatings bring a great deal of efficiency, with waste reduced to below 1 percent during application.”
The company has published a white paper, Skyscraper Cities: Built to Last, which also highlights a combined solution of applying liquid and powder coatings to new construction. This offers more flexibility for building design in terms of color choice and performance preference, AkzoNobel says.
Developing more sustainable solutions for urban areas is also a key element of AkzoNobel’s Human Cities initiative, which is focused on helping cities to meet the growing demands of rapid urbanization.
Earlier this year US office furniture producer Paoli switched to a formaldehyde-free wood coating system supplied by AkzoNobel that meets indoor air quality standards and exceeds the levels of product performance of the previous system.