BASF launches DiamondShield glass fiber mesh

JACKSONVILLE, FL, September 21, 2015 – BASF Corporation today announced the launch of DiamondShield, the first mesh specifically engineered to provide crack suppression and isolation in stucco wall systems.

“Cracks in stucco lessen the aesthetic appeal of buildings” said Peter Daechsel, National Marketing Manager, BASF Wall Systems. “DiamondShield was specifically developed to provide a cost effective option to reduce the appearance of surface cracking of new and existing stucco assemblies.”

DiamondShield is a balanced, open-grid, triaxial glass fiber mesh specifically engineered for use with BASF acrylic base coats as an overlay. It is applied over new or existing stucco (Portland cement plaster) systems and distributes stress across three directions, which improves the tensile and flexural strength of stucco. The result is greater crack resistance properties for improved building aesthetics.

DiamondShield is manufactured at an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturing facility in the US. Fiber strength and mesh pattern are key properties in delivering a successful stucco crack suppression system; our robust quality program ensures that these properties are consistently achieved. For additional information about DiamondShield, call 1-800-221-9255, or visit www.wallsystems.basf.com.

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Photos Courtesy: BASF Corporation-Wall Systems

 

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BASF launches Platinum CI Wall Systems featuring Neopor® Rigid Insulation Board

Designed to optimize thermal performance, improve impact resistance and comply with new energy codes

 

JACKSONVILLE, FL, April 6, 2015 – The BASF Corporation Wall Systems business today announced the launch of Platinum CI and Platinum CI Stucco wall systems featuring Neopor Rigid Insulation Board.

BASF’s Wall Systems is a leading manufacturer of exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS), stucco and air/water-resistive barriers.

Platinum Continuous Insulation (CI) systems are exterior wall claddings featuring platinum Neopor advanced insulation technology –  the latest innovation in insulation from BASF. Neopor is a patented rigid insulation board with graphite embedded into the polymer matrix. Graphite reflects infrared energy, thus decreasing the material’s thermal conductivity and increasing its R-value. It also exceeds many ASTM C578 Type II requirements including density, flexural and compressive strength.

“Platinum CI and Platinum CI Stucco wall systems provide an innovative alternative to meeting the new energy standards,” said Peter Daechsel, National Marketing Manager, BASF’s Wall Systems business. “They incorporate remarkably effective continuous insulation to produce superior
R-value prescribed for high performing exterior cladding systems.”

Platinum CI and Platinum CI Stucco wall systems utilize a specially selected, high density (1.45 pcf) Neopor board to optimize thermal performance and improve impact resistance. The boards are available in R-5, R-7.5 and R-10 thermal resistance for ease of design and to ensure energy code compliance. Neopor Rigid Insulation Board is also available in custom thicknesses and shapes.

For additional information about Platinum CI and Platinum CI stucco wall systems, call 1-800-221-9255, or visit  www.wallsystems.basf.com .

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BASF Corporation – Wall Systems’ Platinum CI wall systems, a continuous insulation system featuring Neopor® advanced insulation technology to optimize thermal performance, improve impact resistance and comply with new energy codes. Photo courtesy: BASF Corporation – Wall Systems

 

 

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Monday Memories 01- Donald J. Bergsma

A great man – Donald J. Bergsma


When I decided to write a blog, one of my first thoughts was to have a monthly post about someone or something  that has influenced me in design. They may be someone who I have gone to school with, someone who I have listen to speak or someone who has taught me something new.

I thought it would be best to start with a man that (other than my family) has had the most influence on my life. Donald J. Bergsma or Mr. B., came into my life when I was a student at SPJC (St Petersburg Junior College). I was an aloof, undirected student and Mr. B was the head of the Architectural department. He was our design studio professor and had the reputation of being a hard ass. On more than one occasion, I received the literal prodding of his thumb to my side to “get with the program.” It didn’t take long for me to realize that these misguided perceptions were wrong and Mr B was someone who genuinely cared about each of us. He was indeed hard on us (those that needed it), but did so to make us better. He pushed us and expected nothing less than the best from us.

SPJC Class of ’93

I distinctly remember two philosophies from Mr. B that I still use today. The first is the concept of “shit on a plate”. He would use this term when we presented a project and didnt have great ideas to support it. It was understood that each design should have a grand idea (concept) and then 2 to 3 supporting ideas. If it was a building, a commercial or an ad…it didn’t matter… If you started with a weak idea for placement, message, etc…and supported it with something random,  you would hear the reference of “shit on plate”.  I see many ideas that have little to support it. And many more that seem to be post-rationalized…Shit on a plate!

The second of his philosophies that has stuck over the years is the “sexy girl” analogy. Mr B would refer to this when we were presenting our work. Again, it didnt matter if it was architecture, an ad or whatever…You can look at something an say “wow!”, that’s sexy…or conversely, it’s horrible. If you “sexy girl” stopped you would probably give her an extra look. At that point, you may realize that she has three eyes or that one of her boobs sags or that she has a lil moustache….but you would never have seen that unless you stopped in the first place. Our job as designers is to get that initial stop, to be attention grabbers. If we can get someone to commit more than the typical 7 seconds of their time, then we have succeeded. Our goal is to have them enjoy or even question our work. The more time we get, the better we have done.

In the years after JC, I would randomly exchange notes with Mr. B. Sometimes it would be a joke, a note about his cars or even word about his painting. As you can see in the image below, Mr B was quite the accomplished painter. The impressive thing was that he would use everyday media to paint on. This particular image is painted on the flip side of a Ritz cracker box. Anyway, there are many things I remember about Mr. B, many laughs and many lessons. Thanks for everything you did. You are missed!

Painting by Donald J. Bergsma ( on flip side of Ritz box)

 

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