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Polyurethane Helps Build the Future of Architecture at the AIA Conference

There’s a lot of excitement building up in Orlando over the next 3 days. Why? The annual American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Conference of Architecture begins today! Thomas Vonier, the AIA president, calls it “a collection of talented and visionary individuals who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people in all communities.”

This year’s exhibitions and speakers will focus on building a better tomorrow, and overcoming challenges that will lead to better living across the world. Architects are always looking for new solutions – and when polyurethane chemistry was created in 1952, they found...

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Category: Architecture

Sunrise over the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor's, Oahu, Hawaii.

Accella Polyurethane Surface

Accella Performance Materials helped develop a unique architectural design of the USS Arizona Mall Memorial located on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson.

Accella provided specialty materials, including polyurethane materials and rubber flooring, for a full-scale deck outline of the iconic U.S. battleship that was sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The full-scale deck, measuring 97-foot-wide and 597-foot-long, utilizes Accella materials traditionally used for outdoor athletic surfaces, similar to sport tracks. The 6-inch rubberized curb of the ship’s deck incorporated durable polyurethane and custom red granules to match the accompanying brick wall garden.

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Category: Architecture

World of Concrete 2017

World of Concrete (WOC) is an annual, international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. WOC showcases industry suppliers and innovative products, machinery and technologies.

Let’s give special recognition to polyurethane for its contributions to the building and construction world. The versatility and flexibility of polyurethane allow its different forms to be applied across many problem areas. To fix sunken concrete, polyurethane foam can be injected through penny-sized holes in the existing concrete. The polyurethane foam then expands beneath the concrete surface to stabilize the weak material and fill empty spaces, causing the slab to rise...

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Category: Architecture, Home Builders

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New Year, New Home

Every year when January rolls around, you sit down and set new life goals for things like work, health, and family. But what goals do you set for your home? A little redecorating can help you get the fresh start you’re looking for in 2017. Did you know polyurethane is a high-performance material that is strong and durable, yet lightweight? Polyurethane materials, like sealants and insulation, make those renovation projects a lot easier for the construction professionals, and incredible durability means you probably won’t have to rehire them for years!

Thinking about upgrading to a new couch, rug or...

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Category: Architecture, Furniture, Home Builders

Happy National “Roof Over Your Head” Day!

Did you know that National “Roof Over Your Head” Day was created as a day to be thankful for what you have including the house that you live in? And we’re thankful for polyurethane, which plays a major role in the building and construction of your home.

From helping maintain uniform temperature to lowering noise levels, rigid polyurethane foam is commonly used in roof and wall insulation. Polyurethane sealants have strong adhesive properties, which aid in the assembly of new construction materials. This helps your home stay in one piece during tough weather conditions. No wonder architects love polyurethane!

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Category: Architecture, Home Builders

Polyurethane Makes Its Way to Theaters

Wood, stone, steel and concrete usually come to mind when thinking about building and construction materials. However, you may be surprised that various forms of polyurethane also make up a significant part of our modern structures. 

Rigid polyurethane foam, like spray polyurethane foam, is used as energy efficient insulation and high-quality sealant. When the roof of Kentucky’s Capitol Arts Center needed to be repaired, city officials decided to utilize spray foam. The reconstruction will require the removal of the roof’s top layer and the application of two spray foam layers.

Due to the versatile and durable nature...

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Category: Architecture

P is for Polyurethane-Durable Wood Coatings

Often used for outdoor applications or indoor flooring, polyurethane wood coatings are frequently exposed to severe environments conditions and abrasion. The durability of polyurethane provide tough resistance against intense abrasion and harsh weather.

The chemical company UBE uses the unique properties of Eternacoll Polycarbonate Polyol to maximize the performance of polyurethane produced from them. Polycarbonate polyols make polyurethane coatings highly resistant to heat, UV, hydrolysis, chemicals, stains, exposure to scratch & abrasion or solvents, and thus, more durable!

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Category: Architecture, Home Builders

Polyurethane Insulates at the Greenbuild International Conference

The green building movement is thriving and the Greenbuild International Conference is the annual culmination of it all. This week in Los Angeles, from October 5th to the 7th, some of the most forward-thinking individuals and corporations in the green building community will come together at Greenbuild . With help from incredible polyurethane, this community is moving our world towards a more sustainable, energy efficient and overall healthier future.

A big polyurethane player in the green building game is spray polyurethane foam, championed by the Spray Foam Coalition. Spray polyurethane foam provides an effective solution to an...

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Category: Architecture, Environment, Home Builders

Happy World Architecture Day!

It’s World Architecture Day! Let’s show some appreciation for all the contributions that architects have made to society and celebrate some of the greatest architectural works around the world.

Architects can face a lot of challenges in their building projects. Thankfully, polyurethane provides a lot of solutions! From its contributions toward maintaining uniform temperature to lowering noise levels, rigid polyurethane foam is frequently used in roof and wall insulation.   

Polyurethane makes our homes and buildings more durable and also helps make the job of an architect just a little bit easier!

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Category: Architecture

Anyone Order A Polyurethane Sandwich?

In 2007, durable polyurethane saved a 104-year old bridge. Amazingly, polyurethane saved the bridge by making a sandwich! The design team working to repair the historic Dawson Bridge in Edmonton, Alberta recommended using the Sandwich Plate System (SPS) from Intelligent Engineering Ltd. to serve as a lightweight solution to rehabilitate the bridge.

Built in 1912, the bridge was due for a new deck. Engineers feared that traditional decking materials would be too heavy, but polyurethane offered a solution. Not only did SPS present a lighter alternative, but use of SPS would enable the bridge to be refurbished in...

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Category: Architecture