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MAR 2015

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28 MARCH 2015 COATINGSPROMAG.COM Specifying Success Due to the competitive nature of the coatings industr y, specif ying paint is requiring more time per job and more time during those once a year (or so) internal reviews when we update products and paint systems. By Marc Chavez, FCSI, AIA, CCS, CCA, Associate Partner for ZGF Architects LLP Adding a Coating System to Your Specifcation Toolbox T he process of changing an ofce master paint specif- cation to incorporate new systems based upon new technology is fraught with challenges; multiple and often conficting variables fght for precedence. In the end, the scale of practice, range of project type, and the local painting community determine the direction the specif- cations will take. So let's take a closer look at some coating systems that might need to be added to your specif- cation toolbox. Writing Specifications Te time given to product research and specifcation writing in the architect's ofce is limited. Te average building specifcation for a large multistory building has, on average, 200+ sections, 100 of which are technical architec- tural sections. In most practices, a specifcation is not started from scratch for every job. Many companies and independent specifcation writers have partly edited sections that they customize for each one. Some sections that are common and used on every project take only a quick review and minimal editing to prepare for use. Other sections, though, with especially unique products, assemblies, or assembly uses, may take many hours of research and writing. Regardless of the product, on average, a spec writer has somewhere in the neighborhood of two to three hours to write a section. Due to the competitive nature of the coatings industry, specifying paint is requiring more time per job and more time during those once a year (or so) internal reviews when we update products and paint systems. Specifers are also receiving more requests for feld-applied systems that can match the fuoropolymer painted fnishes on our projects. Furthermore, we have begun looking at modifying our speci- fcations to incorporate new paint systems to comply with ever-chang- ing environmental requirements, including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4's product disclosure and optimization points, as well as contractor budget and schedule constraints. One of the updates in the indus- try that is starting to change the way that specifers and others do business is in relation to coatings on exterior metal substrates. Te metals we are protecting with feld-applied coatings are mostly steel, occasionally alumi- num, and they most often occur at the building entrance and entrance canopy at street level. One of the more

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