Dow Building Solutions (DBS), a business unit of
The Dow Chemical Company
), has introduced a new Ultra Air Barrier Wall System. It is the
second system developed by DBS that is utilized for block backup
construction as well as on metal stud walls.
The Ultra Air Barrier Wall System offers predictable and reliable
thermal and air/vapor and water barrier management using a system
design that simplifies construction and is easy to install. The
system utilizes products of Dow that have been tested by the
industry and are made in new and innovative combinations to
provide a three-in-one solution for continuous insulation,
air/vapor and water barrier taken together.
The products of Dow were initially used by the industry
professionals separately but when they are used together as a
system, they deliver an optimal wall solution to manage the
control layers of the building envelope. The architects,
designers and contractors now have two Ultra Air Barrier wall
system options for use in various types of backup wall
construction. The wall system helps architects, designers and
contractors to meet new building codes, and also offers solutions
for a complete energy efficient building envelope.
The Ultra Air Barrier Wall System solution combines the proven
insulating and moisture-resistant power of STYROFOAM Brand
CAVITYMATE Ultra Insulation or STYROFOAM Brand Ultra SL
Insulation, with the exceptional sealing capabilities of
WEATHERMATE Flashing Tape. Both products ensure reliable
performance for a long time. It is a proven, easy-to-install and
economical system that offers a continuous blanket of thermal
insulating performance and an air/vapor and moisture barrier in
brick and block cavity walls and steel stud backup - with fewer
installation steps than standard construction methods.
STYROFOAM Brand CAVITYMATE Ultra Insulation and STYROFOAM
Brand Ultra SL Insulation outperform in severe moist environments
with an additional layer of protection in the wet cavity. The
WEATHERMATE Flashing Tape on the other hand combines a BLUE
high-density polyethylene (HDPE) film facer with a 20 mil butyl
rubber adhesive to form a strong mechanical and chemical bond to
the STYROFOAM Brand Ultra SL Insulation. Air/vapor and water
barrier properties are attained by sealing the insulation board
joints with single-component GREAT STUFF PRO Gaps and Crack
Insulating Foam Sealant.
Dow reported mixed second-quarter 2013 results on Jul 25. The
company's profit soared in the quarter on the strength of its
agriculture business and a sizeable gain from an arbitration
case. Adjusted earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate, while
sales missed. Gains across agricultural sciences and performance
materials were offset by declines in feedstocks and energy and
Dow currently holds a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Other companies in the chemical industry worth considering are
Northern Technologies International Corp.
Cytec Industries Inc.
Eastman Chemical Co.
). All of them hold a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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