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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.

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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.

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