Building Innovations @ Dow
Welcome to Building Innovations @ Dow! June 2019
This e-newsletter from Dow High Performance Building (Dow HPB) was created to provide information on available resources, upcoming activities, product launches, continuing education opportunities and industry trends.
DOWSIL™ solutions selected to stand up to harsh Antarctic conditions

When a 50-year-old research base in Antarctica was being updated, Argentina’s National Industrial Technology Institute (INTI) knew where to look for solutions that would perform under severe weather conditions.

DOWSIL™ product
Dow was one of a handful of companies involved in the upgrades to the base. Specifically, three of our products – DOWSIL™ 982 Silicone Insulating Glass Sealant, DOWSIL™ 995 Silicone Structural Sealant and DOWSIL™ 778 Silicone Liquid Flashing – were used in window replacement at the base. VASA glass specification, triple insulating glass unit manufacturer Climanet and window frame manufacturer Tecnoperfiles also played key roles in the window replacement project.

Beyond the aesthetic improvement it provided, the result of the window replacement is a projected fuel oil usage reduction of 20,000+ liters per year, making a positive impact on both operating costs and the environment.

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Transparent structural adhesive enables next step in structural glass design

The “Field of Rods” in Culver City, California, USA, is a “How’d they do that?!”-inspiring structure that visitors are unlikely to forget.

Field of Rods
Photo courtesy of Eric Owen Moss
The glass cylinder roof designed by Eric Owen Moss Architects features nearly 200 curved, laminated glass tubes suspended from a structural frame ... without mechanical fastening!

The top of the tube is designed with conventional structural silicone. Inside the tube, DOWSIL™ TSSA Transparent Structural Silicone Adhesive bonds a “yoke” to patches of curved steel. The optically clear structural silicone adhesive provides a flush, smooth option compared to drilling and mechanically fastening the glass. The GlassCon Global technical paper “Engineering Design of the Field of Rods using Adhesive Attachment of Glass with TSSA” describes the engineering challenges involved.

Kelly Allore elected ASTM C24 subcommittee chair

Kelly Allore
A name and face that may be familiar to you recently stepped into a leadership role within the ASTM C24.30 Adhesion Subcommittee of the ASTM C24 Committee on Building Seals and Sealants.

Dow HPB Sealant Technician Kelly Allore was elected by unanimous decision as the new ASTM C24.30 Subcommittee chair, expanding her role within the organization after serving as secretary of the ASTM C24 Committee for five years.

The committee also presented Kelly with its highest honor, the Lou Toporcer Sealants Hall of Fame Award, in recognition of her contributions.

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Larry Carbary has retired

Larry Carbary
After 37 years of service, Midland-based HPB Fellow and WinSpec Team member Larry Carbary retired on May 31st, 2019. His passion for our industry, our customers and innovation and his nonstop teaching, training and mentoring have energized us all and inspired the next generation of scientists.

Congratulations to Larry on his well-deserved retirement.

Dow’s low-carbon legacy collaboration with Olympic movement earns award

As partners, Dow and the Olympic movement have focused on carbon mitigation, a global and ongoing concern.

Dow has led the mitigation of over 4.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). This impact began with Dow’s becoming Official Carbon Partner of the Organizing Committees of Olympic Games Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 and continued with Dow’s becoming Official Carbon Partner of the International Olympic Committee in 2017. 3 million metric tons of the total volume of carbon Dow has helped mitigate is attributed to built-environment projects, which garnered attention in the high-performance building market.

Dow’s contributions to carbon mitigation were recognized by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). Dow received First Place in the category of “Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities” at the NIBS 2018 Beyond Green High-Performance Building and Community Awards. These awards honor initiatives that influence or implement high-performance designs and practices.

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Explore the ‘untouched potential’ of silicones in modern façades

Valerie Hayez
Looking to learn more about what silicones could bring to your next façade project? Check out “Smart Silicone Innovations for Modern Glass Façades,” which Dow HPB AETS Specialist and Façade Engineering & Architectural Design Team member Valérie Hayez wrote for a recent issue of Intelligent Glass Solutions. The article discusses “the untouched potential silicones can offer in response to the ever-changing world of architecture, engineering and construction for smart aesthetics, energy efficiency, durability or profitability of high-performance façades.”

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Dow and USGBC launch Carbon Challenge to promote emissions reductions in buildings

Dow and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) jointly initiated a Carbon Challenge aimed at promoting the reduction of carbon emissions in buildings. The challenge is to office buildings and shopping centers in North Asia – Japan, South Korea and Greater China – that are at least 20,000 square meters. These buildings will be evaluated by USGBC’s Arc system, based on emission levels of energy sources owned or controlled by the building owners as well as emissions levels of the generation of energy purchased for the building. Registration for the challenge will be open until August 31st, 2019.

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Panel-bonding solution enables breathtaking Bangkok facility
Portal Lifestyle Complex

With graceful exterior curves inspired by the movements of the ocean, the Portal Lifestyle Complex in the northern suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand, is a stunning showcase of modern design and construction. The eye-catching retail, restaurant and entertainment facility, which features a dazzling array of exterior aluminum composite panels, was made possible in part by the DOWSIL™ PanelFix System, a suite of compatible products specifically designed for nonglass panel applications that require high durability and fast handling.

“Powerful Adhesive Delivers Strength and Beauty” (Form No. 63-6704) is a case study that tells the story of how collaboration and technology helped solve the project team’s panel-bonding dilemma and keep the project within time, cost and performance requirements.

Read the case study ►

We hope to see you at these upcoming industry events!

  • GlassBuild America; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; September 17-19
  • CSI CONSTRUCT; National Harbor, Maryland, USA; October 9-11
  • CTBUH; Chicago, Illinois, USA; October 28 - November 2
  • SISTECCER; Buenos Aires, Argentina; November 9-10
  • ZAK WOF; New York, New York, USA; November 21

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