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Architectural Record
The Next Level

Charlottesville’s Center of Developing Entrepreneurs (CODE) is a be­guiling chameleon, created to foster the growth of new local businesses while also engaging its community. Designed by the local firm WOLF ACKERMAN and the New Orleans-based EskewDµmezRipple (EDR), which has a second office in Wash­ington, D.C., the project was conceived by CSH Development to encourage nearby University of Virginia graduates to remain in the city. The goal: to transform it into a busi­ness hub that could compete with the likes of Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas. "The whole idea of the building was, utilizing the concept of a coworking space as an entry point for young people," says EDR principal Jose Alvarez. This vision-to attract and nurture talent within a building-he says, inspired a form that steps from level to level to symbolize how one can move up and "grow" a business.

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Oculus magazine
Uber Headquarters

Uber Headquarters, designed by SHoP Architects, is the ride-sharing company's first ground-up building. Sited near public transportation, the project prioritizes the temperate climate of San Francisco and engages with pedestrians. The 423,000-square-foot project includes an 11-story tower and a six-story structure connected by two crisscrossing skybridges with a landscaped park underneath. Additional sustainability features include on-site water collection and solar harvesting, with an American Hydrotech Garden Roof Assembly on the roof. The project received LEED GOLD and WELL Gold certifications.

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30% Higher R-Values with New DuPont™ Styrofoam™ Brand Plazamate™ XR and Hydrotech’s Monolithic Membrane 6125®

Architects and commercial building owners can achieve improved R-values from their roofing systems using an American Hydrotech, Inc.® Protected Membrane Roof assembly featuring Styrofoam™ Brand Plazamate™ XR Foam Insulation.

At R 6.7 per inch1, Styrofoam™ Brand Plazamate™ XR has the highest thermal resistance per inch of any XPS roofing insulation. This can reduce insulation thickness as much as two inches for R40 roofs, making Plazamate™ XR ideal in height constrained installations. Less layers of insulation may be required to achieve the code mandated R-values, resulting in labor, shipping and handling savings.

With a 30-percent higher R-value, this evolutionary, low-global warming potential (GWP) Styrofoam™ Brand insulation product provides exceptional thermal-insulating performance and offers users the LEED Embodied Carbon/LCA Optimization credit.

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Waterproof! Magazine
Managing Weight & Water in a Green Roof

Blue, Green, and Blue Green Roofs:

There are several types of green roofs. Factors that can influence what type is used vary depending on the owner’s intent for the use of the roof, the roof’s structural capacity, weight, and the expected maintenance of the plants.

Green roofs can be gauged on being intensive, meaning a garden on a roof with many different types of plants, and extensive, meaning low-maintenance and largely self-sustaining. The extensive roof is the most affordable, most lightweight option that is ideal for flat roofs. The plants that are used in this green roof are typically sedums, but any plant that is hardy and can withstand harsh growing conditions is a suitable choice. 

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Architectural West
Sustainable Garden Roof in San Francisco, California

From its humble beginnings in 2011, Uber has rocketed to the top of the technology food chain and now provides a global platform that is driven by the mission to help people get anywhere and get anything.  A big part of Uber’s mission, too, is sustainability.  Specifically, the company is committed to becoming a fully electric, zero-emission platform by 2040 as a way of tackling the challenge of climate change.  One way that Uber is backing its commitment to sustainability is its new headquarters in Mission Bay, a neighborhood on the east side of San Francisco, California.

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Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
American Hydrotech Wins Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Corporate Member Legacy Award

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the North American industry association for green roofs and walls, is excited to announce that American Hydrotech is the winner of a new award presented to companies and non-profits that have provided support for the development of the green roof and wall industry for more than ten years: the GRHC Corporate Member Legacy Award!

Read more about the award here.

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Waterproof! Magazine
Benefits of Ballasted Roofing

John Hamati, director of technical services for American Hydrotech Inc., says the term ballast often refers to stone as the ballast, but it’s not necessarily exclusive to stone. “A ballasted roof will have the membrane installed first onto the approved substrate, then followed by the XPS Styrofoam insulation and then the proper overburden,” Hamati says. XPS Styrofoam insulation is a closed cell polystyrene that is highly moisture resistant. Placing it on top of the roofing membrane offers protection from the harsh roof environment. American Hydrotech only uses XPS in their assembly as it can resist moisture.

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Hydrotech and Emseal Joint Warranty

June 1, 2022 - Chicago

The very best in waterproofing and expansion joint technology can now be warranted together for up to 20 years!

Hydrotech is pleased to announce that when Emseal’s RoofJoint product is used in conjunction with Hydrotech’s Monolithic Membrane 6125® (MM6125®) waterproofing/roofing membrane, Hydrotech can provide a true single source Watertightness Warranty for up to 20 years! No other hot rubberized asphalt supplier can offer this warranty!

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The Construction Specifier
Roof Assemblies: A Paradigm Shift

In roofing assemblies for low-slope concrete roof decks, Protected Membrane Roofs set the bar for cost savings, labor efficiency, and roof life span among other advantages. These, advantages may appear counterintuitive: common sense suggests the roof's waterproofing covering needs to be on top, protecting all the other components of the assembly from the elements of nature, including the insulation. Nonetheless, the primary moisture barrier (or waterproof roof covering) itself tends to be the weak link when exposed to environmental stress. 

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Architectural West Magazine
Waterproofing a Sports & Entertainment Complex in Inglewood, California

SoFi Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, is the first indoor-outdoor stadium to be constructed and is currently the NFL’s largest, at 3.1 million sq.ft.  The $5 billion stadium can seat a maximum of 100,000 guests, and includes 12 club spaces, a 6,000-seat performance venue, a 2-1/2 acre covered outdoor plaza, and a dual-sided elliptical video board with integrated sound system.  SoFi stadium utilizes a unique single-layer ethylene tetrafluoroethylene roof, which is a highly transparent extruded film that is just 1% the weight of glass.  The massive venue is truly a one-of-a-kind stadium, thanks in large part to the materials that were used to build it.

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Sika Acquires American Hydrotech, Inc., the North American Leader in Green Roofs

Sika has acquired American Hydrotech Inc. in the USA and its affiliate Hydrotech Membrane Corporation in Canada. With this acquisition, Sika will become the number one supplier of green roofs in North America.  Through this acquisition Sika gains a new growth platform with the expanded offering of complete roofing and waterproofing systems. The two companies have a similar corporate culture with highly motivated people and a strong focus on sustainable, reliable, long-lasting, solutions and customer relationships, and therefore fit together perfectly.

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The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) Interface
Moisture Absorption in Polystyrene Insulation: Effects on In-Serive Design R-Values
Moisture absorption is a familiar concept. It is easy to understand moisture absorption mechanisms in polystyrene insulation. Unfortunately, some insulation-performance claims can be misleading when based on test results from a few field samples or extrapolations of long-term field performance from small-scale laboratory tests of limited duration and exposure.
Ideally, engineers and specifiers would have access to peer-reviewed data from known scientific institutions to sort through the marketing claims. Sophisticated mathematical modeling is emerging to help predict polystyrene insulation performance in a range of climate conditions, but in the meantime, long-term field research studies are the best resource for reliable information.
This article originally appeared in the November 2020 issue of IIBEC Interface.

Below are the most up-to-date press releases & media coverage from American Hydrotech. Click on a headline, thumbnail or "Read More" link to continue reading or to save a PDF copy to your computer. If you have any questions or would like to request more information, please contact our Customer Service department.