Just months after its creation, the recently launched SSPC Commercial Coating Committee is moving briskly forward in embracing the mission outlined for it by the leadership of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.
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That mission: The development of independent, consensus-based standards on various types of coatings and related materials used in commercial and institutional applications. The committee’s scope of work also includes the development of guides related to surface preparation, coatings selection and coatings application for the commercial, architectural and institutional sectors.
In a review of the committee’s initial activities, chairman Kenneth Trimber, president of KTA-Tator Inc., told an SSPC 2012 convention audience that the committee—formally titled “C3 Commercial Coating Committee (Architectural, Commercial, Institutional)”—has taken important strides forward in outlining its ambitious agenda and devising a framework to achieve its goals.
Trimber was the final speaker during the SSPC Commercial Coating and Flooring Symposium, part of the SSPC 2012 convention this week in Tampa, Fla. The symposium was organized and presented by the Commercial Coating Committee and was sponsored by Durability + Design.
The committee held an inaugural meeting Oct. 4 in Pittsburgh, where members agreed that the panel should address five topic areas, Trimber said:
• field cleaning and painting;
• paint materials;
• thin-film air/vapor barriers on concrete masonry units (CMU); and
• commercial contractor certification;
Key concerns in each of the topic areas were identified, and the committee formulated the scope of the work that would be pursued. Five subcommittees, or groups, were formed to address the topic areas.
Trimber provided details on the committees, the chairs who were appointed at the Oct. 4 meeting, and the scope of work of those committees as determined during initial discussions of the individual groups. His review is summarized here.
Group 1: Field Cleaning and Painting-New Construction and Repaints (chair: Cynthia O’Malley, KTA-Tator Inc.)
Scope: Develop guides and standards for pre-inspection, surface preparation, paint application, and quality assurance/quality control during both new construction and repainting of commercial buildings.
• Development of a surface-preparation guidance document, which will describe the requirements for the pre-inspection of surfaces in new construction and surfaces designated for renovation and complete coating replacement.
• Development of surface preparation standards, defining the degree of cleaning for various methods of surface preparation for bare and painted concrete and masonry surfaces.
• Development of standards for moisture detection in concrete surfaces and the measurement of ambient conditions during cleaning and painting.
Group 2: Paint Materials (chair: Steven Reinstadtler, Bayer MaterialScience LLC)
Scope: Clarify function, expectations and performance criteria for commercial, architectural and institutional coatings types.
• Development of concrete and masonry coatings standards.
• Establishment of performance criteria for floor coatings, anti-graffiti coatings, and fireproofing coatings.
• Establishment of performance criteria for overcoating of exterior metal panels.
Group 3: Flooring (chair: Fred Goodwin, BASF)
Scope: Development of guidance documents to address issues associated with the performance and function of flooring materials for pedestrian and non-roadway vehicular use.
• Development of guidance document on managing slip resistance of floor surfaces.
• Development of a guide for assessing moisture content of floors and limitations for various flooring materials and finishes, including coatings, stains, polished concrete, tile, and others.
• Development of a guide for proper surface preparation of floor surfaces.
Group 4: Air and Vapor Barriers (chair: Kevin Knight, RetroSpecs Ltd.)
Scope: Develop guidance for the use of thin-film coatings on CMU as air and vapor barriers, standards for laboratory testing, and QA auditing/inspection criteria during installation to support commissioning efforts.
• Development of a guide for laboratory testing to evaluation thin-film coatings on CMU assemblies. The guide will help classify material as a barrier, breather, or retarder.
• Development of a thin-film coating selection design guide to assist in the selection and use of thin-film air/vapor barriers on CMU.
• Development of QA auditing process for thin-film coatings on CMU to support commissioning, which will include sufficient types of tests, test locations, and test frequencies to support commissioning efforts.
Group 5: Contractor Certification (chair: Jeff Theo, Vulcan Painters)
Scope: Update the SSPC contractor certification program, establish worker training guidelines, and identify promotional activities on the benefits of using qualified contractors and a qualified workforce.
• Review and Update of SSPC-QP 9 (Standard Procedure for Evaluating Qualifications of Painting Contractors who Apply Architectural Paints and Coatings).
• Development of a guide for craftworker training and certification requirements.
• Work with marketing partners to create awareness of the benefits of using SSPC-certified contractors and a qualified workforce in both government and private work.