Steven Wadding, RRC, RRO, CDT, Corporate Projects Manager, Polyglass U.S.A. Inc.
The Built Environment
What is the built environment? When we talk about the traditional building, it is typically seen as a three-sided structure including the foundation or underground, the vertical walls and, our favorite, the roof. With a vast expansion of products and usages, the building is an object that has become increasingly more complex, becoming less traditional and using a wider variety of products, hence the reference to the “built environment.” Though it may still have three main areas of work, the intricacies of the building have become more complex and sometimes overwhelmingly confusing, as each area performs on its own as well as interfacing with the others.
Advancements Industry and Technology
With advancements in technology, chemistry and process improvements comes not just new products for the built environment but improvements to long-standing products we have grown accustomed to using and depend upon as contractors and professional designers. Coatings or, what is more appropriately referred to as fluid-applied materials and systems, are no exception. Great expansions and advancements have been made in this category of products. Sealants have also seen enhancements and improvements but their uses within the built environment remain more traditional.