Vapor-Permeable, Liquid-Applied Technology Provides Continuous Air Barrier

Soprema introduces SOPRASEAL LM 204 VPSoprema introduces SOPRASEAL LM 204 VP—a one-component, 98 percent solids content, low-odor, vapor-permeable, liquid-applied polyether air barrier product. According to the manufacturer, this new, hybrid STPE technology provides excellent air infiltration and moisture protection while also offering ease of use in low- and high-temperature applications, superior elastomeric performance and tie-in compatibility.

A fully adhered, monolithic membrane option, SOPRASEAL LM 204 VP offers a continuous air barrier that works well even in applications where conformity to complex geometries is a must. It is ultra-low-VOC and moisture curable in low relative humidity and low-temperature applications, while exhibiting excellent freeze-thaw characteristics. It does not shrink and requires less wet film to achieve dry film thickness, according to the company.

The product can be applied in temperatures down to 25 degrees Fahrenheit without the use of additional additives. It is also available in an accessory product, SOPRASEAL® Liquid Flashing—a high-quality, 100 percent solid, low-odor, STPE membrane designed to provide air and water protection to critical rough openings while sealing joints and creating a seamless transition to air barrier membranes.

“We are pleased to offer customers even more choices when waterproofing wall systems with the latest expansion of our SOPRASEAL liquid membrane product line,” says Sara Jonas, Marketing Manager, Soprema. “We want to make it as easy as possible for contractors to keep structures energy efficient and comfortable year-round, and with SOPRASEAL LM 204 VP air barrier technology, they now have a strong option for moisture protection behind wall claddings ranging from brick to siding to metal panels, EIFS and stucco.”

Soprema Names Seven Scholarship Winners

Soprema Inc. has awarded seven scholarships to current and committed college students pursuing degrees in architecture, engineering, construction management or a similar field.

“In the second year of our scholarship program, we’re proud to award seven scholarships to these deserving students,” said Sara Jonas, marketing manager, Soprema. “By awarding these scholarships, we’re investing in the next generation and pledging our commitment to the continued success and growth of the industry.”

This year’s scholarship winners come from all over the country. They include:

  • Molly Nelson, of Dalles, Ore., will be a freshman at the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities studying chemical engineering in the 2017-2018 school year. In 2017, Nelson was named valedictorian of her high school class. In addition, she was on her varsity cross country, swimming and track and field teams.
  • Kevin Ballentine, of Carlisle, Pa., will be a freshman at Grove City College studying electrical engineering this fall. While Ballentine was a student at Boiling Springs High School, he participated in pole vaulting and soccer, as well as being named a Kiwanis Honor Student and Technology Student Association Outstanding Student.
  • Thomas King, of Chattanooga, Tenn., will be a senior at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the 2017-2018 school year. He is a 2017 recipient of the G.T. Ward Scholarship in Architecture and an Honors Academic Grant recipient. He also enjoys learning to watercolor in his free time.
  • Nick Mecklenburg, of Roseville, Calif., will be a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley this fall. While a student at Oakmont High School, he was named a National Merit Finalist and was a member of the computer and internet clubs.
  • Katherine Young, of Clermont, Fla., will be a sophomore at California Polytechnic State University: San Luis Obispo in the 2017-2018 school year. This summer, she is going to Thailand to build structures in small villages and help with abused elephants. She enjoys attending Hearst Lectures by worldwide architects and attending watercolor workshops sponsored by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).
  • Emily Waldinger, of Springfield, Ill., will be a senior at Miami University this fall. While a student at Miami University, she has been named to the Miami University President’s list, has been the AIAS Freedom by Design Director and the Social Enterprise Alliance Officer. Recently, she served as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Conference press room intern.
  • Chandler Householder, of McKinney, Texas, will be a sophomore studying architecture at the University of Texas at Austin this fall and has been awarded this scholarship for the second year in a row. She has participated in the Landmarks Docent Program at the University of Texas, is a member of Alpha Rho Chi and a student mentor with ACE mentor program. In the fall of 2016, she received University Honors.
  • In its second year, the scholarship program continues its support of Soprema’s commitment to educating and advancing the building envelope community through promoting continuing education and aiding the next generation in attending college.

    New Two-Part Polyurethane Adhesive Cures in Minutes

    DUOTACK 365Manufactured by Soprema, DUOTACK 365 is a new low-rise, two-part polyurethane adhesive for adhering insulation boards, cover boards or thermal barriers. It is a higher-performing formulation of the company’s standard DUOTAK and will be universally accepted for use anywhere that the standard formulation was used. According to the manufacturer, DUOTACK 365 meets FM, UL and FBC regulations. The new product can be stored more easily and cures in minutes. The adhesive contains no VOCs and comes in two-part cartridges, 10-gallon container sets, and 50-gallon drums.

    Adhere Insulation Boards and More in Low Temperatures

    DUOTACK 365 is a low-rise, two-part polyurethane adhesive for adhering insulation boards, cover boards and thermal barriers.

    DUOTACK 365 is a low-rise, two-part polyurethane adhesive for adhering insulation boards, cover boards and thermal barriers.

    SOPREMA Inc. has launched DUOTACK 365, a low-rise, two-part polyurethane adhesive for adhering insulation boards, cover boards and thermal barriers. DUOTACK 365, a new higher-performing formulation of standard DUOTACK, will be universally accepted for use anywhere the standard DUOTACK was used. DUOTACK 365 features very low application temperature and meets FM, UL and FBC regulations. The product cures in minutes, contains no VOCs and comes in an easily identifiable gray color. DUOTACK 365 is available in two-part cartridges, 10-gallon cubitainer sets and 50-gallon drums.

    Soprema Inc. Opens New Offices and Training Center

    SOPREMA Inc. has opened a training center and offices in Hayward, Calif. The Hayward facility, located approximately 45 minutes west of San Francisco, will be a shared space for customers of SOPREMA, RESISTO and the newly acquired Chem Link. The training center reaffirms the commitment SOPREMA has to providing education and training to the industry.

    The facility stretches more than 8,800 square feet and will facilitate a number of educational programs, including AIA- and RCI-accredited continuing education courses and seminars, contractor training programs and industry events.

    “We are proud to open a training center that will facilitate so many education tools for our customers, including contractors, architects and consultants,” said Tim Kersey, VP/GM. “The training facility features a classroom for offering continuing education credit courses and a hands-on training area supporting our contractor training program, as well as room for product demonstrations.”

    The facility will host training on products and technologies from SOPREMA, RESISTO and Chem Link. The facility opening follows several recent SOPREMA expansion projects, including a recent manufacturing expansion at SOPREMA’s Gulfport, Miss., facility, encompassing manufacturing, product testing, distribution and training, and a ground breaking on the Wadsworth, Ohio, campus for a new PMMA/PMA resin facility.

    In celebration of its establishment, SOPREMA held a grand opening event at the Hayward facility.

    SOPREMA Inc. Hosts Building Envelope Clinic

    SOPREMA Inc. will be hosting a regional Building Envelope Clinic, in Atlanta on September 23, 2016, for architects, consultants and contractors looking to further their knowledge, network and earn continuing education units. The clinic will be held at the Château Élan Winery & Resort, located at 100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton, Ga.

    The Building Envelope Clinic will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. with a wine tour and tasting, cocktail reception and prize raffle.

    “The courses offered at the clinics solidify SOPREMA’s commitment to education for our consultants, contractors and architects,” said Sara Jonas, SOPREMA. “We’re proud to be offering these clinics regionally and to help our current and potential partners achieve credits to keep their accreditations.”

    Courses offered during the Building Envelope Clinic include:
    • SBS-Modified Bitumen Technology–AIA/RCI Presentation
    • PVC Roof Membrane Overview
    • Wall Systems and Design–AIA/RCI Presentation
    • PMMA/PMA Liquid Applied Membranes –AIA/RCI Presentation
    • Vegetated Roofing–AIA/RCI Presentation

    To RSVP, email jkendrick@soprema.us.