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The Art And Science Of Restoration

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Building a sustainable future begins with restoring our past.

Building a sustainable future begins with restoring our past.


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  • 1. Buildings Building a sustainable future begins with restoring our past. The Art & Science of Restoration
  • 2. Preserve Architecture is an expression of our values. Preserving architecture through building restoration is a sustainable, responsible use of resources. What is sustainable building if not preserving what we have already built? The art of craftsmanship, the science of 44,000 commercial buildings are demolished annually in the New construction is estimated to create 1.5 times more The demolition of buildings in the United States produces United States. greenhouse gas than building about 124 million tons of lasting solutions. (Environmental Building News, as cited in Architecture, April 2003) restoration. (Carnegie Melon Green Design Institute) debris every year. (Deconstruction Institute)
  • 3. An unconventional look at building restoration Why is restoration important? Restoration is responsible and sustainable stewardship Restoration is a legacy of our resources we leave to the next generation The urgency for sustainability and preservation Architecture embodies our heritage. Our buildings of our natural resources grows daily. What can are a reflection of our values. As you tour the be more sustainable than restoring an existing great cities of the world, you can read the story building? When a building is restored we keep of these cities in their skylines... a rich story waste out of landfills and make responsible use worth preserving. Through restoration, we of existing resources. By restoring rather than preserve our link to the past. demolishing, we leave the built environment better than we found it, using our resources Restoration is about vitality wisely for today’s needs while being mindful of and renewal Restoration: the needs of future generations. Restoration preserves our history, our culture and What does it really mean? our progress. If we allow our buildings to fall to Restoration utilizes existing infrastructure. It Building restoration can be defined as preserves the equity invested in buildings such corrosion, deterioration and disrepair, we erode the act of preserving assets, returning as embodied energy, labor, money and emotion. the fabric of our neighborhoods and communities. them to their former position or an It presents us with the opportunity to make an Building restoration has the power to transform. important and significant impact on the built improved condition. It can heal and revive, strengthening the social world that enhances the quality of life. Restoration is structure of our communities. about craftsmanship It requires thoughtful planning, skill, knowledge and ability. But it also takes passion and appreciation for the legacy we leave for the future; a perspective that includes the important relationship between buildings, their inhabitants and the environment.
  • 4. Search It’s time to find a better way... one that avoids demolishing repairable structures, filling landfills with construction debris, and destroying the character of our cities. Sustainability begins with The EPA has noted that building restoring our own construction debris constitutes around a third of all waste generated in the U.S., and has communities. projected that more than 27% of existing buildings will be replaced between 2000 and 2030. (“Historic and Green”, Traditional Building, Donovan Rypkema)
  • 5. The search for better solutions begins with asking the right The challenges of restoration Knowledge is the key to long term solutions questions. Restoration is vital to the future of our cities, but the industry faces many challenges. Restoration Material science is rapidly evolving, with constant efforts are often “too little too late.” Problems are technological advancements as well as changes ignored or repairs are minimal – treating the to meet new regulations and performance symptoms rather than the cause. Job site requirements. Knowledge is essential in order to variations, non-standard design and fast track make informed decisions and formulate the most construction schedules can compromise long effective restoration strategies. To be successful, lasting repairs. you need a knowledgeable team. Many repairs do not last because of lack of BASF restoration specialists join with design knowledge about the root causes of the problems, professionals and contractors to solve problems by material chemistry and interaction, misdiagnosis or bringing knowledge, experience and insight to the inexperience. The complexity and volume of task. They are able to understand the relationship information can be daunting – design professionals between various chemistries, how they relate to and contractors cannot know it all. one another and how they function together in the building envelope. A partnership of knowledge The better solution: A holistic approach can be a powerfully effective tool. and a comprehensive strategy It’s a simple premise: look at the entire picture, past, present and future. For the building envelope to function properly and be sustainable, it is critical that all conditions are examined and all questions answered. Every project requires a unique set of solutions. Successful repair combines knowledge and experience with a comprehensive strategy that dovetails with the right compatible products and the most effective methods. From 1957 to 1962, two hundred buildings over 17 square blocks in Minneapolis’ Gateway district were demolished. This amounted to 40% of the city’s historic central business district. (Lost Twin Cities, Larry Millet)
  • 6. Reach The scope is wide: wherever we live, work, play and learn, • Condominiums • High-rise Office Buildings restoration enhances • Hotel & Resort quality of life. It restores • Retail • Healthcare vitality to downtowns, • Colleges & Universities breathes new life into • Schools • Government Buildings neighborhoods and • Historic Preservation stimulates the economy. • Landmarks Return on investment in building restoration Montgomery Plaza Fort Worth, Texas is considerable and PROBLEM Built in 1928, the eight story structure withstood flood and tornado damage to secure its place as far-reaching. a local historic icon. After years of sitting empty, the graceful exterior had degenerated into a leaking hulk. SOLUTION BASF sealants, water repellents and waterproofing products were chosen for their proven performance, material compatibility and local sales support and service. Wheaton Center Wheaton, Illinois The benefits of PROBLEM Years of chloride ingress and freeze thaw degradation resulted in deterioration that prompted restoration are numerous surface repairs. Many of these repairs failed, exacerbating the original problems. SOLUTION everywhere. BASF sealants, repair mortars, corrosion protection and waterproofing systems were used to address the significant deficiencies while returning the building to its original aesthetic.
  • 7. Solutions for every building challenge in every arena... Long-lasting, sustainable restorations When building restoration is require a long-term vision successful, the benefits Conditions for building type, building use and are far-reaching: geography vary, but one thing remains the same: • The performance of the structure is enhanced the need for long-lasting repairs. with improved resistance to the elements. At BASF, our approach begins by understanding • Thermal efficiency is enhanced with improved the long term objectives. With our broad product protection against water infiltration, a prime offering and wide range of chemistries, we are contributor to diminished R-values. able to think and act in ways that others cannot, aways reaching for the strongest solutions... • Better seals prevent the passage of air because we can. and moisture, improving interior comfort, We have been partnering with owners, design energy efficiency and preventing deterioration. professionals and contractors across North • Successful restoration enhances aesthetics. America for over 100 years solving problems on every type of building, in every market and • The return on investment is considerable: in every condition, from historic to new. financial, environmental and emotional. • The restored building becomes an attractive asset to the community, increasing in value and desirability. • Safety is improved with the structural integrity of the building and facade. • Buildings last longer, contributing to sustainability and quality of life. Towers Condominium Venice, Florida PROBLEM Built in 1968, the seven story structure suffered from a long list of maladies, from waterproofing problems to structural deficiencies. SOLUTION BASF’s range of repair solutions allowed the contractor flexibility in approaching the building’s unique repair challenges. Repair mortars, sealants, adhesives, corrosion inhibitors and waterproofing systems were used to create the necessary structural repairs while improving appearance and providing long term protection.
  • 8. Solve Lasting restoration depends upon customized solutions that address the Solutions that stand the test of time: The BASF line of diverse, proven products root cause and utilize addresses repair challenges and provides compatible products. time-tested solutions for every aspect of building restoration – from the foundation to At BASF we are expert exposed balconies, from concrete repair, at helping solve the waterproofing, corrosion mitigation, and moisture protection to aesthetics. complexities of building restoration with proven products that meet the specific challenges design professionals and contractors face on every project. Helping make complex restoration challenges simple.
  • 9. Compatible high performance product solutions Joint Sealants Wall Coatings Balcony and Traffic Coatings Building restoration is a demanding science requiring Keeping surfaces beautiful and walls dry requires Balconies and parking garages represent some of materials that bond to a variety of substrates and in protection more powerful than the elements. The the toughest challenges in protecting a building from diverse conditions to provide long lasting, high-build coatings of Thoro® and Sonneborn® moisture related damage. Proper protection requires weatherproof seals. BASF’s Sonneborn® sealants are include smooth, textured or elastomeric coatings an integrated system of materials. BASF’s wide formulated with high-performance elastomers to that protect against moisture, carbonation or crack range of chemistries (polyurethane, epoxy, ensure outstanding weatherproofing and protection bridging. BASF’s high-build coatings combine methacrylates) can be customized to meet diverse against extreme elements. From hybrid to urethane to waterproofing with improved aesthetics to enhance application requirements from speed to durability to silicone, there is a Sonneborn sealant for every the value of buildings and provide long term aesthetics. project. protection. Concrete Strengthening Concrete Repair Water Repellents The effects of corrosion, physical damage or a Long-lasting repair requires a sound strategy Although brick, masonry and concrete surfaces change of use can shorten the life of a building. and the use of high-performance products. provide character to a building, they require effective BASF M-Brace® composite strengthening systems MBT® Protection and Repair materials provide protection from the damages of wind-driven rain, are designed for strengthening beams, slabs, walls comprehensive answers to the complex challenges freeze-thaw cycles, and chloride ion intrusion. and columns. M-Brace® can cost effectively meet of building restoration. Ranging from primers and Hydrozo® patented silane water repellents maintain complex repair challenges while delivering versatility, bonding agents to engineered repair mortars, MBT® the original appearance of the substrate and allow ease of application and long-term performance. Protection and Repair materials are formulated to moisture vapor to escape, while sealing and protecting provide sustainable repairs that restore long-term the concrete and masonry for years to come. integrity and strength to buildings and facades. Corrosion Mitigation Waterproofing Steel reinforced concrete is an integral part of Moisture penetration is one of the most critical building structures. Unfortunately corrosion often challenges facing buildings today. Interior or exterior, compromises the integrity of many structures. MBT® above grade or below grade, unprotected buildings Protection and Repair advanced corrosion control suffer from water-induced damage. Deterioration solutions are formulated to inhibit corrosion, extending and corrosion are caused by alkalis, salts, acids the service life of buildings and enhancing safety. and mold. Sonneborn’s liquid-applied high The compatibility of MBT® Protection and Repair performance membranes offer long-lasting concrete repair and corrosion control materials protection against the most damaging conditions. provide assurance of long-lasting performance. For over 100 years, owners, specifiers, and design and installation professionals have looked to the trusted brands of BASF for solutions to the most challenging issues in building restoration.
  • 10. Succeed The restoration of existing buildings in a sustainable manner is an extraordinary opportunity. What part will you play? As part of BASF, we offer technology, materials and know-how; our knowledge and expertise span continents, yet we are ready to team up locally to help you, our customers, succeed. BASF: working together for a To repair all concrete 90% of all moisture 205 cities have 24,987 Early intervention is deficiencies in all building penetration occurs within brownfield sites awaiting required to achieve more sustainable facades would cost an estimated $2 billion. 1% of the building exterior surface. redevelopment. cost-effective extension of the life of existing (ASCE 2003 REport) (Vision 2020)) (Mark Howell, Structural Preservation) concrete structures. future. (ConcRepNet)
  • 11. It takes commitment, vision and people you can count on BASF offers: How committed are we to • Tailored solutions for every building restoration? restoration challenge Immensely. We consider the urgency for Technological Advancements. From solving sustainability as a call to action for us all; a new significant industry problems such as cracking in • Over 100 years of innovation ethic in building, with restoration at it’s foundation. concrete, sealant adhesion, moisture and corrosion • Dedicated support services management, to innovating high performance A Legacy of Innovation. For over 100 years, • Access to far-reaching the brands of BASF and the people who support materials from renewable sources... our expertise and resources them have been focused on building restoration. investment in research advances technologies and Countless “firsts” and innovations have lead the methodologies. • Highly experienced technical industry. Our eyes were on the future then, and the World-class expertise. Highly experienced team committed to restoration future is now. BASF continues to invest in people, and passionate about what they do, BASF technical research, state of the art processes and forward professionals are considered among the most thinking to solve the restoration challenges ahead. knowledgeable restoration experts in the industry. Experience. When you need support we’re the From sales through technical service, the BASF best there is.The average industry tenure of our support network of experts can become your most sales and technical service groups is 20 years, valuable restoration resource. and BASF continues to recruit, attract and develop It’s all here – what part will you play? professionals with world-class expertise. Restoration is an opportunity for us all to make Industry Advocacy. Utilizing our formidable an important impact on the built world – and it influence and resources, we reach out to advance begins in our own backyard. At BASF we are restoration within the industry through associations passionate about restoring and preserving our and by building alliances. built environment. What part will you play in the Around the world, BASF is actively involved in story of your community’s restoration and revival? reshaping the way we build by providing innovative Change requires commitment. All that remains is products to customers who are, in turn, building the commitment and the will to do the right thing. better structures. Photo of people BASF is the world's first company to present a comprehensive carbon balance for its operations. Third party testing determined that BASF products can save three times more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire amount caused by the production and disposal of the company's products.
  • 12. Partner Who we are Join us in working Building Systems: an industry leader in the manufacture of toward a better and construction chemicals and building products for the more sustainable construction industry. Since 1902, contractors and design built world through professionals have depended upon our trusted brands to repair and building restoration. protect their important buildings. As a part of BASF, Building Systems is more than a union of market leading brands. It is a partnership focused on trust, reliability and commitment to making products and systems better. BASF is the world’s leading chemical company, respected globally as a company deeply committed to helping make products better. Finding intelligent solutions through chemistry is what we do… helping our customers to be more successful, forming the best team in the industry, and ensuring sustainable development is what we’re about. BASF Construction Chemicals, LLC LIMITED WARRANTY NOTICE Every reasonable effort is made to apply BASF exacting standards both in the manufacture of our products and in the information which we issue concerning these products and their use. We warrant our products to be of good quality and will replace or, at our election, refund the purchase price of any products proved defective. Satisfactory results depend not only upon quality products, Building Systems but also upon many factors beyond our control. Therefore, except for such replacement or refund, BASF MAKES NO WARRANTY OR GUARANTEE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR MERCHANTABILITY, RESPECTING ITS PRODUCTS, and BASF shall have no other liability with respect thereto. Any claim regarding product defect must be received in writing within one (1) year from the date of shipment. No claim will be considered without such written notice or after the specified time interval. User shall determine the suitability of the products for the intended use 889 Valley Park Drive and assume all risks and liability in connection therewith. Any authorized change in the printed recommendations concerning the use of our products must bear the signature of the BASF Technical Manager. Shakopee, MN 55379 This information and all further technical advice are based on BASF’s present knowledge and experience. However, BASF assumes no liability for providing such information and advice including the extent to which such information and advice may relate to existing third party intellectual property rights, especially patent rights. In particular, BASF disclaims all WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, www.BuildingSystems.BASF.com INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR MERCHANTABILITY. BASF SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOSS OF PROFITS) OF ANY KIND. BASF reserves the right to make any changes according to technological progress or further developments. It is the customer’s responsibility and obligation to Customer Service 800-433-9517 carefully inspect and test any incoming goods. Performance of the product(s) described herein should be verified by testing and carried out only by qualified experts. It is the sole responsibility of the customer to carry out and arrange for any such testing. Reference to trade names used by other companies is neither a recommendation, nor an endorsement of any product and does not imply that similar products could Technical Service 800-243-6739 not be used. For professional use only. Not for sale to or use by the general public. Form No. 1400020 © 2008 BASF 8/08 Printed in U.S.A.