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Sealing Solutions to Provide Design Freedom for Modern Glass Facades by Dow Corning at AIA 2017

Published on 2017-03-31. Author : SpecialChem

Dow Corning has revolutionized the way commercial architects design glass facades. Dow Corning has more than 50 years of proven performance with silicone products and design systems. With years of ongoing application quality control improvements and continued product innovations, Dow Corning silicones continue to outperform most competitive products.

High-Performance Building Solutions


Experts from Dow Corning will highlight High-Performance Building Solutions in booth 3403 at the 2017 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference, April 27-29 in Orlando.

The Dow Corning SSG curtain walling method utilizes a structural silicone sealant that adheres glass to metal frames – without the use of visible mechanical fasteners – for pure glass aesthetic and improved design freedom for architects. The resulting facade is designed to permanently accommodate movement as it transfers wind-loads from the glass to the framework and to ensure long-term structural capability of building envelopes.
Dow Corning air and weather barrier solutions help architects improve the airtightness of the building envelope, saving energy and reducing costs of uncontrolled air leakage. This system alleviates shortcomings of current air barriers that do not meet updated installation and performance standards.

Expanding on Dow Corning's proven performance history, these silicone technologies work hand-in-hand to give architects an edge in high-performance building designs, combining energy efficiency, sound control, weather and UV protection, building security, and lifecycle cost savings.

Displayed Innovations at AIA


  • Dow Corning®121 Silicone Structural Glazing Sealant – An easy-to-use and fast-curing sealant, for use in structural and weather-sealing applications, which can be applied on-site or in-shop. This sealant simplifies facade installation and reduces repair time. 
  • Dow Corning® Transparent Structural Silicone Adhesive (TSSA) for fixed-point exterior glass facades – An innovative, high strength, structural adhesive, TSSA provides a bonding option for crystal clear, point fixed glass external facades that negates the need to drill and bolt through glass – eliminating the potential for leakage of gas and thermal bridging.
  • Dow Corning® Defend Air 200 Silicone Liquid Applied Air and Weather Barrier – This barrier prevents water infiltration with the ability to “breathe.” The water-based coating dries to form a flexible membrane that is impervious to liquid water, but allows moisture vapor to escape. This mitigates concerns about potential corrosion and mold growth caused by moisture trapped inside wall assemblies. 

Expanded Collaboration to Ensure Best Performance


Jean Paul Hautekeer, Dow Corning's global marketing director for Building and Construction, said:

"For more than five decades, architects, fabricators and building developers around the world have relied on Dow Corning® brand silicone materials. Now as a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, we look forward to expanded collaboration with our building industry partners to ensure the best performance, safety and long-term durability of modern glass facades."

To learn more about Dow Corning's proven performance with SSG, visit booth 3403 during the AIA Conference .

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems, such as the need for fresh food, safer and more sustainable transportation, clean water, energy efficiency, more durable infrastructure, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven portfolio delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in 175 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, infrastructure, transportation, consumer care, electronics, and agriculture. In 2016, Dow had annual sales of $48 billion and employed approximately 56,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 7,000 product families are manufactured at 189 sites in 34 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

About Dow Corning

Dow Corning, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company's Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands. More than half of Dow Corning's annual sales are outside the United States. Dow Corning's global operations adhere to the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care® initiative, a stringent set of standards designed to advance the safe and secure management of chemical products and processes.

About High Performance Building Solutions

Dow Corning is collaborating with industry professionals around the world to develop solutions to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, offer long lasting solutions and excellent technical support. Taking a holistic approach, Dow Corning brings together expertise from across the company to help customers find solutions to a wide range of high performance building challenges. Dow Corning High Performance Building Solutions include proven materials for structural and protective glazing, weatherproofing, insulating glass, window and door fabrication, and building materials protection, as well as innovations for high-efficiency insulation, LED lighting, thermal management systems, and the incorporation of photovoltaic cells and solar panels into building design

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