PPG: building-integrated clean energy expected to increase

  Building applications

PPG’s DURANAR® VARI-COOL® coatings are used for the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in San Diego. In a nationwide survey of architects, PPG coatings ranked second for leadership in coatings sustainability. Duranar VARI-Cool coatings change colour depending on the angle from which they are viewed and, compared to conventional metal coatings, help buildings stay cooler and use less energy.

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The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in San Diego
The use of building-integrated clean energy sources is expected to grow, according to a new survey of architects commissioned by PPG Industries. The study also found that while the volume of work for US architectural firms overseas has remained steady, they are completing more projects in China, Canada and the Middle East.
The PPG survey indicated that architects are almost evenly split on whether they have specified clean-energy generating elements, such as solar panels and mini wind turbines, for building projects. While 42% of respondents reported having done so, nearly three-quarters (74%) said they expect to do so in the future. Most said they see new incentives and falling technology prices driving this trend, as well as the positive sentiment associated with clean energy.
When asked to name the most important characteristics for green building product selection, architects cited product durability most often, followed by life-cycle assessment, product certification and product transparency. When choosing a building product manufacturer, they said product durability was the most critical feature, narrowly leading customer responsiveness, product warranties, product features and technical support.
Consistent with PPG’s last survey in 2008, 30% of participating firms reported doing work outside the US. In contrast, though, the number of firms completing projects in China doubled from 15% to 30%, in Canada increased from 16% to 27% and in the UAE jumped from 8% to 22%. F...


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