The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) have partnered using an official memorandum of understanding that will help both organizations connect the full value chain in regards to education and awareness on selection of and guidance on sealant technology in vertical wall assemblies.

Initial efforts with NIBS and ASC will be to reposition and revise the sealants section of the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG). Currently organized into four major categories—design recommendations, project management/operations and maintenance, federal facility criteria and continuing education—resource pages are at the heart of the WBDG. ASC and NIBS are working collectively on an updated section for sealants.

“The effort to update the sealants section of the WBDG is intended to provide specifiers, design professionals and personnel making important decisions with sealant technology guidance on performance metrics and important industry documents. As the sealant chemistries evolve and find new uses in vertical wall systems it is important that the industry has resources that go beyond standards,” says Steve Duren, managing director of membership and industry programs at ASC, who notes that he anticipates the new sealants section to be written by year-end 2020.

ASC also is updating its website in tandem with the NIBS/WBDG effort to include a landing page specific to the building and construction (B&C) market. Some of the areas of focus on sealant technology in vertical wall systems includes joint sealants, aerosol foams, tapes, fluid applied systems/liquid-based flashings, self-adhering flashings and adhesive-based weather resistive barriers.