Soprema Adds Seventh U.S. Contractor Training Center at New Convoy Supply Facility

Soprema Inc. has expanded its comprehensive contractor training program by opening a new training center in Capitol Heights, Maryland. The new training center is located within a new 15,000-square-foot distribution facility operated by Convoy Supply Inc., a distributer of building envelope materials for the construction industry.

The new training center will offer courses covering product specifications and application for the full building envelope in a 1,350-square-foot classroom. The space will also be available to local contractors and architects for industry meetings and training sessions.

“We’re pleased to be expanding the reach of the SOPREMA contractor training program with our new Maryland location — our seventh training center in the U.S.,” said Curt Liscum, Technical Services Manager for Soprema. “We look forward to providing in-person education and hands-on product experience to contractors, consultants and architects at the Capitol Heights facility soon.”

“At SOPREMA, training and education are taken very seriously, and I’m glad that we can now offer our customers another convenient location specifically for this purpose,” explained Tim Kersey, Vice President and General Manager for SOPREMA. “With labor being the number one topic in our industry, we want contractors to feel comfortable and become proficient using our products. We also want designers to better understand our products and systems and feel comfortable specifying them, so we are committed to ensuring they have every opportunity to interact with and learn from us in person.”

More information on the SOPREMA training program can be found on the SOPREMA website at http://info.soprema.us/contractortrainingfaq.

Two-Component SPF Adhesive Designed to Provide More Coverage, Faster Flow Rate

DUOTACK SPFSoprema introduces a low-pressure, two-component spray polyurethane foam (SPF) adhesive to its DUOTACK family of roofing adhesive products. DUOTACK SPF was designed to provide quick, efficient adhesion of PVC membranes, insulation and coverboards to approved substrates. According to the manufacturer, the product was developed by Soprema chemists with vast knowledge and experience in the roofing and polyurethane foam industry to provide 50 percent more coverage and a faster flow rate than competing products. It also has usability in multiple applications without the need for extensive inventory and expensive equipment, like pace carts.

DUOTACK SPF is contained in a portable, easy-to-use disposable kit, and tank recycling programs are available locally to eliminate waste. Between the reduced equipment needs and the efficiencies gained from the increased gun flow rates and product yield, it offers the market a more time- and cost-effective means of reliably adhering roofing materials.

“DUOTACK SPF brings the proven performance of our DUOTACK polyurethane formulation to spray foam roofing applications,” explained Eric Younkin, Business Development Manager for Soprema. “This is not an insulation product forced into a roofing application, but rather a technology developed specifically based on deep knowledge of PVC properties, roofing applications and contractor needs. Users receive the strong properties of the DUOTACK line, but can complete jobs faster than ever due to the built-in efficiencies and simplicity of using this product.”

For more information, visit www.soprema.us.

Adhesive Application Designed to Allow for Venting of LWIC

COLPLY EF for ribbon applicationSoprema Inc. announces the launch of COLPLY EF for ribbon application. The moisture-cured, solvent-free, polymeric adhesive is applied in ribbons as a solution to allow for the venting of vapor pressure and the migration of trapped moisture from lightweight insulating concrete.

COLPLY EF for ribbon application is packaged in cartridges, which will allow for the product to easily be applied in ribbons. The new application process will allow for the partial attachment of the SBS membrane or vapor retarder to address any concerns of blistering or issues caused by trapped moisture.  COLPLY EF is low odor and requires no hot torching, making it ideal for many applications with odor and heat restrictions, such as schools, hospitals and apartments.

“The ability to apply COLPLY EF in ribbons is just another way Soprema has created solutions that are needed within the industry,” said Matt Davis, product manager, Soprema. “The unique process will easily allow for venting to avoid trapped moisture and the structural damage that accompanies it resulting in an easier-to-use product and alleviating problems many contractors typically see in these applications.”

According to the company, COLPLY EF can be applied by loading 5-gallon pails into a gravity fed applicator, or by using the new cartridge packaging for use in the same battery powered applicator or multi-bead applicator commonly used for its DUOTACK products.

COLPLY EF Meets FM, UL, FBC, Miami-Dade and South Coast Air Quality Management District regulations.

For more information, visit www.soprema.us.

COLPLY EF for ribbon application

Low-Odor, Single-Component Adhesive Is Solvent Free

Soprema offers COLPLY EF adhesiveSoprema offers COLPLY EF adhesive, a low-odor, single-component polymer modified membrane adhesive specifically formulated for Soprema sand-surfaced SBS-modified bitumen plies. COLPLY EF can be applied without fear of negatively affecting building occupants, and upon curing, it provides additional layers of elastomeric waterproofing protection between plies.

According to the company, Soprema’s prefabricated SBS-modified bitumen membranes provide ease of application and flexibility for the installer, accommodating various application methods, including heat welding, cold adhesives, self-adhesive, mechanical fastening, and hot asphalt. Zero-VOC COLPLY EF adhesive is designed to allow multiply protection for highly sensitive applications, offering a non-hazardous and flameless solution. It is a safe alternative for buildings that require uninterrupted operations as occupants go about their daily routines during construction.

“We developed COLPLY to be the zero-VOC, single-component product installers need to do tough, sensitive jobs,” explained Matt Davis, product manager at Soprema. “It allows buildings with vulnerable populations like schools and hospitals to gain an additional layer of elastomeric waterproofing protection without concern for effects of odors or other chemical compounds on bystanders.”

Soprema Appoints Northern Illinois Sales Representative

Soprema Inc. has appointed Michael McClay, a five-year member of the Soprema business development team, as a dedicated sales representative for the Northern Illinois region.

“Michael brings to the Northern Illinois region not only a strong track record as a sales representative who is knowledgeable about Soprema’s products and services, but a strong understanding of building science and how customers can achieve lasting positive results,” said Jeff Valentine, district sales manager at Soprema. “I am confident our customers in the area will enjoy working with Michael and will find his expertise valuable as they design and construct buildings built to last.”

McClay is a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Construction Management. According to the company, McClay brings a strong background in general waterproofing, below-grade applications, liquids and wall systems to the job. He is also an active participant in many local and industry associations including AIA and RCI. Michael regularly draws upon his areas of expertise to educate architects, consultants, contractors and building owners on proper building design and waterproofing techniques, and he looks forward to continuing to educate the community in his new role.

Soprema to Host Building Envelope Clinic in New York

Soprema Inc. will be hosting a regional Building Envelope Clinic in New York on Oct. 10, 2017, for architects, consultants and contractors looking to further their knowledge, network and earn continuing education units. The clinic will be held at AIA New York, located at 536 LaGuardia Pl., New York, NY 10012.

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

“We’re proud to be offering these clinics regionally to help support our consultants, contractors and architects,” said Sara Jonas of Soprema. “These courses continue to bring education to the forefront for our current partners, as well as those new to Soprema, while helping them to achieve credits to keep their accreditations.”

Courses offered during the Building Envelope Clinic include:

  • SBS-Modified Bitumen Technology –AIA/RCI Accredited
  • Wall Systems & Design – AIA/RCI Accredited
  • Below Grade Waterproofing Systems & Design – AIA/RCI Accredited
  • Vegetated Roofing Systems – AIA/RCI Accredited
  • PMMA/PMA Liquid Applied Membranes
  • For more information and to RSVP, click here.

    Soprema to Host Building Envelope Clinic

    Soprema Inc. will be hosting a regional Building Envelope Clinic in the Dallas area on Aug. 8, 2017, for architects, consultants and contractors looking to further their knowledge, network and earn continuing education units. The clinic will be held at the AT&T Stadium located at One AT&T Way in Arlington, Texas.

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

    “We’re proud to be offering these clinics regionally to help support our consultants, contractors and architects,” said Sara Jonas of Soprema. “These courses continue to bring education to the forefront for our current partners, as well as those new to Soprema, while helping them to achieve credits to keep their accreditations.”

    Topics covered during the Building Envelope Clinic include: “SBS-Modified Bitumen Technology,” “SOPREMA PVC Roof Membrane Overview,” “SOPREMA Wall Systems and Design,” “PMMA/PMA Liquid Applied Membranes,” and “Below Grade Waterproofing Systems and Design.”

    For more information and to RSVP, visit the website.

    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.