New and Improved Joint Sealants Section for NIBS' Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG)

Posted on 7/16/2021 7:00:12 AM By ASC

The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) has partnered with The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) with an official memorandum of understanding that will help both organizations connect the full value chain from manufacturer to design professional and end user to educate and create awareness on selection and guidance on sealant technology in vertical wall assemblies. This effort is consistent with the ASC Long Range Plan to 2020, Strategic Objective 5,as well as ASC’s strategy to 2023 to connect end users to the full value chain .

ASC has repositioned and revised the sealants section of the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG). The WBDG is the only web-based portal providing government and industry practitioners with one-stop access to up-to-date information on a wide range of building-related guidance,criteria and technology from a 'whole buildings' perspective. Currently organized into four major categories—Design Recommendations, Project Management / Operations &Maintenance, Federal Facility Criteria and Continuing Education—at the heart of the WBDG are Resource Pages, which are reductive summaries on particular topics. ASC and NIBS have worked collectively on an updated section for sealants.

“The effort to update the sealants section of the WBDG is intended to provide specifiers, design professionals and personnel making important decisions related to sealant technology guidance on performance metrics and access to important industry documents. As sealant chemistries evolve and find new uses in vertical wall systems it is important that the industry has resources that go beyond standards,” notes Steve Duren, Managing Director of Membership & Industry Programs at ASC. Duren also noted that working with industry experts Jerry Klosowski, formerly with Dow Corning, and Steve Rosenberg, formerly with Sika Corporation, as lead authors for the effort along with the ASC Task Force plus leadership from Chairman Dave White, P.E. of Sika, Chris White with Exponent and Paul Majka of Henkel, made the process seamless and added tremendous value utilizing their vast experience in the industry as subject matter experts.

“With the WBDG being a free industry resource, our intent was to update the sealant section from 2010 and inject state-of-the-art information that a specifier, design professional or architect would find extremely valuable when making material choices in vertical wall systems,” notes Dave White, P.E., Senior Vice President of Sika and Chairman of the ASC Growth Wall Interface Task Force.” These objectives were successfully accomplished through dedication and expertise of the task force.

ASC’s website, in tandem with the NIBS/WBDG effort, includes a landing page specific to the B&C market. The Building & Construction landing page includes white papers, blogs, industry standards, articles, and member videos as well as topical reports from independent consultants. Areas of focus on sealant technology in vertical wall systems includes joint sealants, aerosol foams, tapes, fluid applied systems/liquid-based flashings, self-adhering flashings and adhesive-based weather resistive barriers. Additionally, ASC published a Building and Construction focused report with Ducker Worldwide in 2019 that triangulated on opportunities in vertical walls, roofing, interior finishes and below grade waterproofing. The report is free for ASC members and can be found in the ASC Store. ASC also recently launched it’s 2020-2023 North America Market Report, which has a section dedicated to joint sealants.