We just formed a partnership with BEI (Building Envelope Innovations) which is based in — I love this name — Clackamas, Ore.
I actually visited Clackamas in 2007, to run a race up and down Mt. Hood. Had the greatest seafood in a little restaurant there…
Anyway, BEI, in Clackamas, makes these sensational air barrier products… a line called “Wet Flash.” This suite of gun-grade, liquid-applied air and waterPROOF barrier products is used for rough-opening flashing, joint treatment, window installation, and overall sealing of structural walls.
You just gun it on and spread. there’s no tapes, fillers, wraps or fabrics. It’s instantly waterproof, and works on damp substrates. That means no weather-related construction delays! And tougher than anything else out there — keeps air and water out of walls in conditions from every-day up to a Category 5 Hurricane.
My slogan is “Prevent air and water penetration of the building envelope — in weather mild to wild!”
Interesting how these products came about. Repair contractors Tatley-Grund, Seattle, found that a lot of their business came from repairing windows that failed to keep water from coming in between the frame and rough opening. They’d take the windows out and discover the whole wall assembly was rotted and mildewed.
Once air and water got past the window frame, the building wrap couldn’t keep it out either.
The company questioned the wisdom of making repairs with the same kind of materials that let the damage happen to begin with. Unfortunately, in the early 2000s, that’s what there was. Only it wasn’t good enough, so Tatley Grund started their own manufacturing company — BEI — to make new materials that met their checkpoints for what windows, doors and structural walls needed to stay dry.
Even in extreme conditions — up to say, a Category 5 Hurricane!
I’m leaving out a lot here. Including who they hired to make it happen (some very smart people); the test chamber they built to make sure their window installations can stand up to anything (ramps up air pressure to 4500 Pascals plus), and a lot more.
Bottom line, BEI makes some incredible air barrier products. But marketing and distribution — different story.
At PROSOCO, we’ve got marketing and distribution for our own PROSOCO R-GUARD air barrier products, built up over about five or six years now. So BEI needed what PROSOCO’s got, and PROSOCO really liked what BEI makes — so we teamed up!
I’ve just finished penning the first ads, the partnership press release , marketing letters and glossy brochures. These products are very cool and will do a lot to make buildings more sustainable.
And I like the name of the overall air barrier product — PROSOCO R-GUARD Cat 5 — for Category 5 hurricanes. You can read more about Cat 5 and the other BEI Wet Flash product here. My guess is that if you’re in this line of work, you’ll be hearing all about them soon enough.
But my favorite thing about this whole deal is where the Wet Flash product are made — Clackamas. Love that name! I already decided that’s what I’m going to name my next dog.