Liquid-Applied, Vapor-Permeable Air Barrier Is NFPA-285 Fire Rated

KARNAK launches K-NRG Seal VPKARNAK launches K-NRG Seal VP, a high-performance vapor-permeable air barrier for above-grade wall application. The seamless elastomeric membrane seals the building envelope, preventing air passage while allowing vapor permeability. The product is designed to provide the building envelope with superior energy efficiency and mold resistance.

According to the manufacturer, the new liquid-applied, fire-rated vapor-permeable air barrier, evaluated by the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA), meets the highest industry standards. K-NRG Seal VP has been tested by UL Laboratories and passes NFPA 285 Fire Test, making it compliant with IBC 2012 and allowing flexibility in choice of insulating materials. It also exceeds ASTM E2357 and ASTM E2178.

The liquid-applied air barrier strongly adheres to most wall construction materials, including exterior gypsum boards, CMU, stone, wood, metal, and damp or dry concrete, making it ideal for multi-story applications. K-NRG Seal VP requires easy spray application using standard spray equipment. When combined with KARNAK sealants and accessories, K-NRG Seal VP forms a complete vapor-permeable wall air-barrier system.

According to the company, With K-NRG Seal VP, building owners can reduce energy costs, improve overall building functionality and safety, as well as contribute to potential LEED certification. “We are proud to launch an air barrier product that offers long-term sustainability and durability in building envelope protection. From architect or specifier, to installer, to building owner and building occupant, K-NRG Seal VP is a product that will benefit everyone,” said Chris Salazar, Chief Operating Officer of KARNAK.

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KARNAK Launches New and Improved Website 

KARNAK announced the launch of an updated website designed for an improved user experience. KARNAK, a manufacturer of reflective coatings, sealants and cements, notes that a key feature on the new site is a decision tree that helps visitors determine which product is right for them by walking them through a series of simple questions. The new design gives site users quick access to important information and resources including product installation videos and instructions and technical data.

Frequently asked questions are addressed as they relate to fabrics and reinforcements; damp proofing and waterproofing; and for general roofing scenarios. The Roof and Foundation Conditions page identifies common issues that are experienced on roofs and walls. The causes of the conditions are reviewed and the damage that can be created is described along with suggested maintenance and repair information provided for each condition. 

The new website is optimized for access from mobile devices with pages that rapidly load and navigation that is easy to use on a smartphone or tablet. Visitors to the site can also stay informed on the latest company activities and news by signing up for the new email newsletter. Visit the new site by clicking here.

Karnak Names Huettig National Director of Technical Sales

Karnak Corp. announced that Chris Huettig has rejoined the company as its National Director of Technical Sales. Huettig previously spent 13 years in technical positions at Karnak.

“We are excited to welcome Chris back to the team,” stated Karnak Chief Operating Officer Chris Salazar. “His technical expertise is unsurpassed, and his 13-year history in various technical roles at Karnak brings tremendous value to our contractors and customers.”

As National Director of Technical Sales for Karnak, Huettig will oversee all technical support roles internally and in the field to ensure contractors, designers, architects and building owners have the necessary information to properly evaluate coating projects and install their products.

Huettig joined Karnak in 1999 as a technical sales representative and within a year had taken on the position of National Technical Sales Manager, which he held for 13 years. He spent the next five years in technical and quality roles at Firestone Building Products before returning to Karnak. Huettig holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University. He currently resides in Indianapolis with his wife Sue and their two sons.

Chris Huettig

Chris Huettig

Karnak Discusses Roof Coatings Industry with Rep. Leonard Lance

Karnak Corp., a member company of the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA), hosted U.S. Representative Leonard Lance (R-NJ-7) at its headquarters recently in Clark, N.J. During his visit, he met with Karnak President Sarah Jelin and Chris Salazar, chief operating officer, to discuss the roof coatings industry and the issues impacting coating manufacturers, such as clarifying the IRS 25C tax credit and concerns over the EPA’s potential proposal to lower the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Ground-Level Ozone.

In 2013, Congressman Lance first met with Jelin, Salazar, and RCMA Executive Director John Ferraro during the RCMA Government Affairs Lobby Day in Washington. RCMA, the national trade association representing the manufacturers of cold-applied coatings and cements used for roofing and waterproofing, facilitated meetings with 70 different congressional offices during their Lobby Day on July 24, 2013. Since then, the Association’s manufacturing members have continued their dialogues with the members of Congress from their states and districts. The visit to the Karnak Corporation manufacturing facility to learn more about the issues of interest to the roof coatings industry can be seen as a product of these efforts.

“We are very pleased with the visit by the Honorable Congressman Leonard Lance to Karnak Headquarters in Clark, N.J. Congressman Lance listened carefully to the regulatory challenges that affect and threaten our industry,” said Salazar.

During their meeting, Jelin and Salazar emphasized to the Congressman some of the issues that are most highly impacting their industry, including modification of language used in the Homeowner Energy Efficiency Tax Credit (IRC Sec. 25C) to include roof coatings, the Commercial Building Tax Deduction (IRC Sec. 179D), and the EPA’s potential proposal to lower the Ozone NAAQS from the current 0.075 parts per million (ppm) to 0.06-0.07ppm.

At its 2013 Lobby Day, RCMA spoke in opposition to the proposed reduction to the EPA NAAQS for Ozone, as this highly-costly regulation would be damaging to companies, jobs, and the economy. Of particular concern to the RMCA is that a reduction to the standard would likely result in the implementation of hundreds of state and local regulations aimed at further limiting the volume of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) contained in products. Over-reduction of VOCs in roof coatings can result in a number of issues for the effectiveness of the products, and the regulatory burden of keeping apace of hundreds of different rules is extremely high for small businesses.

“The EPA-proposed reduction of ground level ozone will impact VOC limits throughout the U.S. and generate a multitude of different requirements by county and state, making compliance extremely burdensome,” noted Salazar, who has worked to ensure the VOC compliance of his company’s products for decades. “Congressman Lance recognized that our businesses are important to the economy, and promised to do his best after reviewing the RCMA informational materials we provided.”

Roof coatings protect roofs against water, chemicals, and physical damage, and can prolong the life of new roof systems and extend the lives of existing roof systems, which can result in less tear-off waste and a reduced environmental impact from fewer full roof replacements. Solar reflective roof coatings, which reflect visible light as well as infrared and ultraviolet radiation, lead to lower roof temperatures and have been shown to reduce building energy costs and improve air quality.