Market Opportunities for Adhesives and Sealants in the Construction Sectors - Part 1

Posted on 11/8/2019 1:35:33 PM By Paul Bertram

Over the next few blogs, I plan to address potential market opportunities for adhesives and sealants in the construction sectors that include vertical walls, roofing, below grade water proofing, and interior finishing opportunities based on a number of initiatives to improve the functional performance of existing and new constructions of commercial and residential buildings.

Today’s ever-changing design functional performance challenges in both new construction and retrofit, are largely impacted by related extreme weather events. Retrofit of disaster impacted structures are revealing construction failures due to inadequate material performance and defective installations. Inresponse, updates are being developed toimprove product/system performance standards requirements, related testing and building codes.

To meet these challenges, manufactures and their supply chains through continuous product improvement processes combined with evolving technologic advancements of adhesives and sealantsare creating greater opportunities in all of the mentioned market segments.

One example I just received from ASTM Tracker is the revised ASTM C1501 – 19_Standard Test Method for Color Stability of Building Construction Sealants as Determined by Laboratory Accelerated Weathering Procedures.

To begin this series, I will begin with roofing.

Increasing adoption of sustainable construction projects, with emphasizes on the use of environment-friendly, and energy efficient materials that report embodied energy is expected to drive the market.

I believe the southeast and coastal stateshave experienced an increase in extreme weather events that has createdgreater roofing products/systems demand.

In the recent DUCKERFRONTIER report commissioned by ASC, they reported the roofing market in 2019 $106b that is predicted to grow to $125b - $69b Residential / 37b Commercial.

Of note: The Vertical Wall market in 2019 to be $70.8b to grow to $77b by 2024 - $48b Residential/23 / Commercial 23b

The ASC DUCKERFRONTIER report is available HERE

Current DOE research Focus
The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) have been focusing on greater building energy efficiency in new construction and retrofit commercial, industrial and residential markets. Roofs and vertical walls are essential to creating the right balance of air infiltration/exfiltration for optimized energy efficiency. Inefficiency most always can be found where faulty connections of wall to roof and windows cause air/moisture leakage and loss of energy.

DOE’s Building Technology Office (BTO) recognizes that whole building efficiency cannot be achieved by developing a single product or action. Adhesives and Sealants are great examples of how components are critical to performance in end products and systems.

Standards Updates
ASTM E283 / E283M - 19

Standard Test Method for Determining Rate of AirLeakage Through Exterior Windows, Skylights, CurtainWalls, and Doors Under Specified Pressure Differences

Across the Specimen

Risk Assessment regarding Extreme Weather Events

Consider unintended consequences of construction defects

1 Was the construction defect an “occurrence”?

2. Did “property damage” result from the construction defect?

3 Is the “property damage” excluded by one of the business risk exclusions?

What are the possible Risks / liabilities for adhesives and sealants in construction defects related to extreme weather events?

Whole Building Design Guide


A design professional (Registered Architect or Professional Engineer) designs the structure to comply with all program requirements.

Documentation should include (but is not necessarily limited to):

Photographs of key system upgrades after installation but prior to concealment by finished materials

Test reports

Product spec. sheets


Change orders

Signed and sealed design documents

Completed and signed checklists

Are Adhesive and Sealants in compliance with the above list of required documentation?

Significant Changes to ASCE 2016 impacting Material References/Testing
adopted in the 2018 IBC, IRC and IEBC.

How are Adhesives and Sealants impacted by these updates?

Elements of a Resilient Roof including Adhesives and Sealants

  • Durable components
    • Weathering extreme events
    • Movement cycles
    • Impact resistance
  • Robust designs
    • Redundancy
    • Resistance to extremes
    • Wind uplift
    • Repairability
  • Integration with roof top equipment including solar panels
  • Connections to wall and parapet

My next blog in this series will be on Vertical walls

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