Sustainable technologies helping to transform the world’s city skylines 01 December 2020

Dow says its innovative technologies such as DOWSIL™ silicone structural glazing sealants, DOWSIL™ silicone weatherproofing sealants and DOWSIL™ insulating glass sealants have played a key role in the construction of 70% of the top 20 tallest buildings in the world.

Buildings include Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Shanghai Tower in Shanghai and One World Trade Center in New York, among others. DOWSIL™ silicone structural glazing sealants adhere glass to metal frames, eliminating the need for intrusive mechanical fasteners in glass façades. They enable a pure glass aesthetic, while accommodating movement on high profile buildings and transferring wind loads from the glass to the building framework.

Also available, DOWSIL™ silicone weatherproofing sealants are used for extension, connection and surrounding sealing and other displacement interfaces. They offer great weatherproofing capabilities and retain superior performance even under extreme weather conditions or temperature fluctuations.

Lastly, DOWSIL™ insulating glass sealants enable economical joint sizes in highly demanding insulating glass applications such as high wind in tall buildings, hurricane loads, cold-bent glass or high impact loads such as bomb blast.

“Since the 1960s, revolutionary technologies such as Dow’s silicone structure glazing have enabled architects and designers to imagine and create pure glass façades that have transformed the skylines in many of today’s modern cities,” said Jean Paul Hautekeer, global strategic marketing director. “We are continuing to develop new innovations – like high design strength sealants – that not only enable even greater design freedom, but also enhance energy efficiency and safety, improve productivity and increase the building’s durability.”

Claire Aldridge Deputy Editor t: +44 (0) 1727 743 889

Having spent a decade in the fastener industry experiencing every facet – from steel mills, fastener manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, as well as machinery builders and plating + coating companies, Claire has developed an in-depth knowledge of all things fasteners.

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