PROSOCO R-Guard products make prestigious Top 10 listWe got great news this week — our R-Guard fluid-applied Cat 5 air barrier system has been awarded a coveted spot on BuildingGreen’s Top 10 Green Products list for 2015.

This isn’t just any old Top 10 list — it’s a veritable “who’s who” of the green building materials industry and includes products across all sectors.

“To appear on BuildingGreen’s Top 10 list is one of the most prestigious honors that PROSOCO has received in my tenure here, and one that we’re extremely proud of,” said Dwayne Fuhlhage, PROSOCO’s sustainability and environment director. “We at PROSOCO have been privileged to collaborate with the best design, engineering and construction firms in the world. I’m excited to see high-performance designs, durable assemblies and Net Zero Energy buildings moving to the mainstream.”

PROSOCO R-Guard fluid-applied Cat 5 air barrier system was praised by BuildingGreen as “representing one of the best in the class.” The components of the Cat 5 system – Joint & Seam Filler, FastFlash and Cat 5, “are all based on the same high-performance ‘hybrid’ polymer chemistry, which has no solvents or isocyanates.”

PROSOCO’s removal of phthalate plasticizers from the system has also enabled its use on Living Building Challenge projects like the Bullitt Center.

PROSOCO was also commended for its support to architects and contractors as well as its leadership role in ingredient disclosure protocols.

“The company offers technical support during both design and construction, and has been a leader in disclosure of ingredients, with this and other products carrying a Health Product Declaration (HPD).”

To learn more about how PROSOCO can help you create a superior building, call us at 800-255-4255 for samples, technical data, specifications assistance and more.

Read more about PROSOCO’s commitment to sustainability and transparency.

The PROSOCO difference

Wanna know what you get when you choose PROSOCO products?

We could go on and on about our best-in-class customer support, technical staff who help solve problems for customers out in the field, and customized laboratory testing, but we think this video speaks for itself. Learn about all the ways we at PROSOCO work every day to make the jobs of our customers easier, less complicated and more successful.


R-Guard goes residential

Jeff Shaw of Hugh J. Lofting Construction Management Services demonstrates how to make a rough opening air- and moisture-tight with PROSOCO R-Guard products.

Jeff Shaw of Hugh J. Lofting Construction Management Services demonstrates how to make a rough opening air- and moisture-tight with PROSOCO R-Guard products.

Demand for energy-efficient homes is growing, and where there’s a need for energy efficiency, there’s a need for our R-Guard fluid-applied air- and water-resistive barrier products.

Hugh J. Lofting Construction Management Services, a Pennsylvania-based builder, recently posted this video about a Passive House residence in Chester County, Pa., which used our R-Guard products Joint & Seam Filler and FastFlash.

Jeff Shaw of the company demonstrates in the video how to apply each element of the rough opening flashing membrane. Some people use a normal silicone caulk and think that’s going to do the trick, he said, but it doesn’t.

“It’s not nearly as effective for air and water,” he said in the demo. “Put a wet product on a window that someone spent a lot of money for, and smear it all around? I’d rather install a window on a dry cured product that in the end is going to work better anyway.”

Watch the entire video here >>>

Bee-ing protective

PROSOCO Director of Field Training Shawn Desrosier

PROSOCO Director of Field Training Shawn Desrosier built the framework for the Bee Hotel.

If you’re like me, it gives you the warm and fuzzies to work for a company that does good things. At PROSOCO, I’m lucky and proud to work for a business that routinely contributes to multiple charities every year. We recently found a way to combine our charitable giving with a cause near to many of our hearts — protecting the environment.

As part of the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2014 Green Apple Day of Service program, staff members at PROSOCO put their collective brains and elbow grease together to host a Bee Hotel Habitat Improvement event in partnership with Clark | Huesemann Architects and the University of Kansas Biological Survey.

The plight of bees has been well-documented recently, for good reason. Bees play a critical role in the production of all kinds of food that humans eat every day, but their livelihood is threatened in large part due to loss of habitat.

Jane Huesemann, principal at Clark | Huesemann architects, grew bamboo in her yard, harvested it and cut it to the correct length for the Bee Hotel.

Bamboo rooms in the Bee Hotel were provided by Jane Huesemann, principal at Clark | Huesemann Architects. She grew bamboo in her yard, harvested it and cut it to the correct length for the bee habitat.

That’s where we could help, by constructing a “bee hotel.” And when I say “we” I mean our extraordinary carpenter Shawn Desrosier (whose professional title here is director of field training), our strategic account manager Joelle Lattimer, PE, and Kay Johnson, our sustainability and environment manager. Shawn built the framework of a habitat for solitary bees that school-aged kids would later fill in with bee-friendly rolls of paper at our Sept. 13 event held here at our headquarters in Lawrence, Kan.

Matt Henderson, Midwest regional sales manager for PROSOCO; Morgan Tade, intern architect at Clark | Huesemann architects; and two kiddos construct paper rolls to serve as rooms in the Bee Hotel for solitary bees.

Matt Henderson, Midwest regional sales manager for PROSOCO; Morgan Tade, intern architect at Clark | Huesemann architects; and two kiddos construct paper rolls to serve as rooms in the Bee Hotel for solitary bees.

The hotel would be filled in with 1,400 paper rooms, 1,600 bamboo rooms, 45 wood rooms and wood palettes as a place for solitary bees to reside and lay their eggs. Different species like to occupy different diameters of tunnels, and will construct a series of “cells” in each one. In every cell where they work, they leave a block of pollen that they’ve collected from nearby flowers, lay an egg and wall it up with natural materials. The mason bee uses mud, the resin bee uses tree sap or resin from trees and the leaf cutter bee uses leaves. All three species are found in Douglas County, Kan., home to PROSOCO.

Nearly 20 kids showed up for the event, and while the adults heard a presentation about the bees and their new habitat, the youngsters colored in bee activity sheets. Everyone later pitched in to create 1,400 paper rolls for the hotel.

Stay tuned for more details on this project: The hotel will soon be completed with a roof attached and installed near the University of Kansas.

Kids who attended the Bee Hotel Habitat event rolled up 1,400 pieces of paper to provide "rooms" for solitary bees.

Kids who attended the Bee Hotel Habitat event rolled up 1,400 pieces of paper to provide “rooms” for solitary bees.

PROSOCO manufacturer's rep Mike Dickey

PROSOCO manufacturer’s rep Mike Dickey explains how to clean excess mortar from new red brick construction with Sure Klean 600.

We stand behind the performance of our products, but we know we can’t control how they’re applied out on job sites every day.

So we tapped into the expertise of our local manufacturer’s rep, Mike Dickey of Dickey Sales, and our own John Young, PROSOCO digital marketing manager, to come up with this video demonstrating how to clean red brick.

Dickey talks specifically about how to remove excess mortar from new red brick construction without harming the tool joint with Sure Klean 600. He explains how to determine your dilution rate, what adjacent surfaces should be protected, and the personal protective equipment you’ll need before starting.

Watch the entire video >>

Can You Identify This Project?

Can You Identify This Project?

Did you miss the summer 2014 edition of PROSOCO News? If so, you can now read it online. As you may or may not know, we transitioned this quarterly publication to digital starting with this last edition, so the summer issue didn’t hit physical inboxes of our readers. If you want to be sure to be on the list to receive future issues of PROSOCO News digitally, sign up today. We’re also now publishing monthly newsletters focused on the latest industry trends, product updates and more information to help your business from each of our three product lines — masonry cleaning, building envelope and concrete flooring. Just check the boxes at the bottom of the sign-up form to tell us which information you want to receive.

Back to the point of this post — I know from past issues of PROSOCO News how popular the Can You Identify This Project section is, and we didn’t fail our loyal followers of this contest in our most recent edition. If you’ve got a guess for this round, send it in to me, Darcy Boyle, at darcy.boyle@prosoco.com. Those who correctly answer will receive a certificate, a special PROSOCO prize and glorious gloating rights over your colleagues.

Take a guess: This building in a major metro region of the U.S. was cleaned with Sure Klean® 766 Limestone & Masonry Prewash and Sure Klean® Restoration Cleaner. The middle swath was the last section to be treated.

hallwayIf you were to sift through our archives here at PROSOCO or even take a walk down the hallways, you’d quickly notice evidence of some of the historic landmarks our products have been used on over the many decades we’ve been in the restoration cleaning business. The Empire State Building, Trinity Church, the Pentagon, the list goes on and on.

You could say we’re pretty proud of the role we’ve played in the origins of restoration cleaning in this country.

That role was confirmed at the recently held Architectural Ceramic Conference at MIT in Boston, where research conducted by Irene Matteini, Frank Matero and Reza Vatankha illuminated the evolution of terracotta cleaning over the years. Matteini is a graduate student in historic preservation and conservation science at the University of Pennsylvania; Matero is a professor of architecture at the school; and Vatankha is a lecturer in historic preservation.

“The research did not focus on any one method, but rather the introduction and trends of all methods reported on in literature and by current practitioners,” Matteini said in an email. “PROSOCO has been an important agent in the development and commercial application of chemical-based masonry cleaning systems.”

Restoration cleaning timeline

Click on the image to see a larger version of the timeline.

On a timeline presented at the conference as well as at the RESTORE Workshop in Philadelphia this spring, PROSOCO and its products were mentioned nearly a dozen times. In 1962, for example, PROSOCO launched Boyer’s Restoration Cleaners R-1 and R-2, the first commercially available surface cleaners formulated for old masonry construction. Those formulas would later evolve into Sure Klean® Heavy Duty Restoration Cleaners. The timeline goes on to call out PROSOCO products that were used to clean and restore Philadelphia’s Furness Library, Chicago’s Reliance Building, New York’s McIntyre Building and more.

Watch the entire presentation by Irene Matteini.




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