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A lot can happen to a building over 10 years. Weather happens. Leaks happen. In worst-case scenarios, some newly constructed structures even need to be demolished after 10 years (or fewer) due to poorly designed and installed building products.

At PROSOCO, we’ve long known our R-Guard air- and water-resistive barriers contribute to the long-term durability of buildings.

Now FastFlash is the only fluid-applied flashing material that’s got evidence to prove it.

FastFlash 10 year inspectionIn 2005, FastFlash was used on the Renaissance Condominiums in Seattle, Wash., in a whole-structure building envelope remediation project by Tatley-Grund Building Repair Specialists.

In February 2015, that product was verified to be performing as intended by OAC Services, a building enclosure consulting firm. The report from OAC Services states:

“We found no adverse conditions related to the use of this product to any of the materials observed. All surfaces were dry and in good condition. We found no degradation of the FastFlash product used within the assembly.”

This milestone has been long-awaited by the industry, said Dave Pennington, Building Envelope Group Manager for PROSOCO.

“Now FastFlash is the only fluid-applied flashing material in the industry that can show 10-year historical performance data,” Pennington said. “This provides confidence to applicators and specifiers while separating PROSOCO from the many followers just entering the market.”

The observations made by OAC Services went much further than a cursory review. To access the wall assembly and verify the performance of FastFlash, the siding and window were removed in a unit on the Southwest corner of the building. This allowed for the observation of the wall sheathing and rough opening. An opening was also made on the interior of the building below the window to observe the condition of the wall cavity.

The Southwest corner of the building in particular was selected for its maximum exposure to the weather. In Seattle, severe weather patterns of wind and rain typically hit the south and west elevations of buildings more frequently than others.

Learn more about FastFlash and other R-Guard products. Read the full report here.

The hard work of a partnership between PROSOCO, Clark | Huesemann architects and the Kansas Biological Survey has paid off in a buzzworthy way. (I apologize for the bee puns; it’s hard to resist.)

PROSOCO staff and their children, girl scouts, KU Biological Survey staff and volunteers, and staff from Clark | Huesemann architects attended an official

PROSOCO staff and their children, girl scouts, Kansas Biological Survey staff and volunteers, and staff from Clark | Huesemann architects attended an official dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 2 for the bee hotel.

Last year, a group of PROSOCO staff and their little ones (plus employees and volunteers from Kansas University and Clark | Huesemann) gathered to form the beginning of a bee hotel — a place for the ever-important wild, pollinating bees in our area to nest and live.

Kids who attended the Bee Hotel Habitat event rolled up 1,400 pieces of paper to provide

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

They rolled up pieces of paper, drilled holes in cylinders of wood, cut bamboo and fashioned other materials to build the different “rooms” in the hotel, which was designed by architects at Clark | Huesemann.

This month, the same group (more or less) got together to celebrate the installment and dedication of the hotel at the KU Field Station’s Rockefeller Prairie Trail.

The continued decline of the native bee population has been well-documented. The consequences are dire.

“If we don’t have bees, we don’t have certain vegetables, fruits and flowers,” said Kay Johnson, sustainability and environment manager for PROSOCO. “We’re trying to get our community a little more familiar with bee hotels.”

PROSOCO Director of Field Training Shawn Desrosier installed a PROSOCO R-Guard product on the hotel to protect it from the elements. An application of Cat 5 Rain Screen not only means that the hotel can withstand rain and wind, it also allows the structure to ventilate.

The bee hotel originally began as part of PROSOCO’s involvement in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Apple Day of Service.

Ten concrete polishing training seminars have been scheduled so far this year.Polishing a concrete floor is not always an easy, straightforward process. Every floor is different, every job is different, and you constantly have to think on your feet. Your knowledge and your crew’s knowledge of the polishing process is a key ingredient to a great-looking floor and a happy client.

That’s why PROSOCO has partnered with some of the leaders in the concrete flooring industry to bring you concrete polishing skills seminars at locations across the U.S. all year.

The dates are:

May 4, Langhorne, Pa. – Concrete Polishing Skills Seminar with Jon-Don

May 12, Atlanta – Concrete Polishing Skills Seminar with Jon-Don

May 14, Dallas – Concrete Polishing Skills Seminar with Jon-Don

May 19, Charlotte, N.C. – Concrete Polishing 101 with Niagara Machine

Sept. 22, Charlotte, N.C. – Concrete Polishing 101 with Niagara Machine

Oct. 14, Dallas – Concrete Polishing Skills Seminar with Jon-Don

Oct. 21, St. Petersburg, Fla. – Concrete Polishing Skills Seminar with Jon-Don

Oct. 27, Atlanta – Concrete Polishing Skills seminar with Jon-Don

Nov. 12, Seattle – Concrete Polishing Skills Seminar with Jon-Don

Nov. 19, Denver – Concrete Polishing Skills Seminar with Jon-Don

Register for the seminar nearest you today.

Declare labels for 6 PROSOCO products

Six PROSOCO products have received Declare labels from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), an achievement which further demonstrates PROSOCO’s commitment to materials transparency.

Declare is regarded as the toughest materials transparency standard in sustainable construction. The process involves disclosing product ingredients down to the 100 ppm range.

PROSOCO’s newly Declare-labeled products are:

This achievement brings the total number of Declare-participating PROSOCO products to seven. Consolideck LS became the first-ever concrete finish to receive a Declare label in 2014.

The five R-Guard products to receive Declare labels are now listed on the Declare website with the coveted designation of “Red List-Free.” In addition, the entire catalog of Consolideck ColorHard pigmented stains is included in the Declare product catalog. Living Building Challenge (LBC) design teams need only list the Declare registration numbers for automatic fulfillment of LBC 3.0 Materials Petal documentation requirements.

Also read: Dwayne Fuhlhage’s update on The Bullitt Center Effect: Materials Market Transformation

A veteran’s revival

We love to see the real-world environments where our products are used. A post on our Facebook page last week served as a good reminder that sometimes, the most important PROSOCO jobs aren’t big multi-million dollar projects. They’re the ones carried out by tireless volunteers dedicated to preserving a small piece of American history.

Ken McKay Jr.’s passion for history and genealogy led him to create the North Shore Cemetery Preservation Project in Massachusetts to “keep alive the memory of soldiers’ past through recording information, …photographing and transcribing headstones… and giving these veterans long forgotten the dignified recognition they deserve for generations forward to see.”

McKay’s non-profit uses PROSOCO’s Enviro Klean ReVive exclusively to restore these headstones. And you could say he’s very pleased with the results. He writes, “Any preservationist’s motto is, ‘Do no harm,’ and your product falls right in line with that. (It) allows us to restore dignity and honor to our veterans long since gone.”

“The pictures are proof positive that ReVive is a miracle product and has far exceeded any expectations I ever had. I recommend and endorse using ReVive to private cemeteries in the cleaning and restoration of their headstones every chance I get.”

Ken’s photos really do speak for themselves:

Cpl. Sylvester Blaney's headstone before cleaning with ReVive.

Cpl. Sylvester Blaney’s headstone before cleaning with ReVive.

The headstone just after cleaning with PROSOCO's ReVive.

The headstone just after cleaning with PROSOCO’s ReVive.

The same headstone 6 months later.

The same headstone 6 months later.

 

 

A new kind of MVP

We don’t play favorites when it comes to our products at PROSOCO. That’d be akin to choosing to tell your children that you have a favorite child.

So while we won’t say that our newest product offering, R-Guard Spray Wrap MVP fluid-applied air- and water-resistive barrier, is our favorite, we can say that it’s better than ever. That’s because it combines the best attributes of its separate predecessors, R-Guard Spray Wrap and R-Guard MVP (which actually stands for maximum vapor permeability). In fact, Spray Wrap MVP meets or exceeds the performance values of the individual products.

Designed to offer our customers a simplified product offering, Spray Wrap MVP boasts a lower VOC content and higher moisture vapor transmission rate than its separate predecessors. It’ll also retain the classic light red color that’s so widely recognized throughout the construction industry.

It’s currently in stock and available for order. Contact your PROSOCO Customer Care rep today at 800-255-4255 to order Spray Wrap MVP or to learn more information.

An SWRI first

SWRI logoPROSOCO’s training program for our R-Guard air- and water-resistive air barrier products recently received approval by the Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute’s Validated Training Program. This milestone represents a first in the industry — the training program is the first of its kind for air barrier products to achieve this validation.

Our customers can now sign up for our air barrier training programs with the confidence that they’ll not only learn how to use our products effectively, but also that the training meets all requirements set forth by the SWRI.

According to the SWRI, the Validated Training Program was developed several years ago to elevate the industry’s training standards by developing a set of criteria for training programs.

Need more information? Contact Dave Kimball, PROSOCO technical specialist, at dave.kimball@prosoco.com.

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