The construction industry and home improvement industry alike have recently experienced a paradigmatic shift in its approach to product delivery and the achievement of customer satisfaction. Where previously the design and construction teams placed a heavy emphasis on delivering solutions at the lowest possible cost, a greater awareness and desire to consider costs over the whole life of the building have prevailed. Homeowners now want solutions that demonstrate value for money over the long term, and are not interested simply in the design solution which is the least expensive.
An eco-friendly building material is one that increases the efficiency of energy used and reduces impact on human well-being and the environment. In addition to our DependaCoat Armorex Architectural Coating, many different eco-friendly materials can be used, from foundation, to insulation, to interior wall finishes, flooring and countertop materials.
Ceramic Microsphere Technology
The ceramic microsphere technology “high-emissivity” coating we use quickly radiates any absorbed solar heat back to the atmosphere instead of retaining it. In this sense, a truly energy-efficient coating offers both high reflectivity and high emissivity. Simple pigmented coatings may possess high reflectivity but lack high emissivity. Energy efficiency demands more than just a light color. Such energy-efficient coatings work bi-directionally: heat is reflected away from the building envelope in summer and interior heat is reflected back into the building in winter, which may increase energy savings year around.
Ceramic technologies have been around for more than 20 years and are highly effective in preventing unnecessary heat loss or gain in residential and commercial structures. As an outgrowth of NASA developments for the space shuttle, special ceramic technology was created that not only provides for heat-energy reflectivity, but also for heat-conduction properties. This innovative product has the ability to prevent heat transfer and heat loading onto a structure. This means heat will not transfer into or out of a building.
With this state-of-the-art energy-efficiency technology, microscopic hollow ceramic spheres are incorporated in our proprietary coating systems. As the coating dries or cures to form its high build film, these tiny spheres pack together like balloons in a large grouping to form a highly efficient barrier that not only reflects most incoming solar heat, but also inhibits absorbed heat from being conducted through to the wall or roof and ultimately the building interior.
This is similar to the principle now used in energy-efficient “Low-e” window systems, where outside heat is kept outside in summer and indoor heat is kept inside in winter with the window emitting very little heat outdoors.
DependaCoat answers the Eco-Conscious call
By selecting DependaCoat Architectural Coatings you do your part to stop the costly and repeated paint cycle.
Step 1 All consumer products begin their life cycles with a dependence on the natural environment. Some form of energy is always required to extract the natural resources from the earth or its atmosphere. To produce fiber, trees must be grown and harvested. To produce plastic coatings, petroleum and natural gas must be extracted from the earth.
Step 2 Raw materials are processed or refined. For example, wood fiber is processed into cardboard and natural gas is processed into plastic resin. Energy is required for the processing and refining.
Step 3 Additional energy is required as processed or refined materials move through the manufacturing and assembly processes.
Step 4 Consumer products are transported to stores (consuming additional energy) and are ready for purchase. Products remain at this stage as long as they are usable or repairable.
Step 5 The product is no longer of use to us and we dispose of it.