Hoboken, NJ – To kick off our road trip, we stopped at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Funny enough, out of all the construction projects in the country that use Sika products we chose to start at the place that I just spent my four years of college. Sika Sarnafil rep Brian DelVecchio met with us early this morning to review the early stages of Sika Sarnafil application on Steven’s Davidson Laboratory. As you walk down Hudson Street the 80 year old building may be easy to overlook, but it’s actually a renowned marine research laboratory.
The Davidson Lab is home to a 300-foot long wave tank and other marine monitoring equipment. This lab created and maintains the New York Harbor Observing and Prediction Systems (NYHOPS), which attracted national media in October, 2012 when Hurricane Sandy predictions proved accurate. Construction on Davidson begins tomorrow and will incorporate Sarnafil G410 ENERGYSMART ROOF MEMBRANE to coincide with Stevens’ sustainability principles.
Sika Sarnafil products were also used in Steven’s winning eco-friendly house design in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. To borrow a quote from a previous Sika interview:
“We chose to use a Sarnafil roof for two main reasons: efficiency and buildability,” said A.J. Elliott, a Stevens graduate student and the project’s electrical engineer. “As a flat roof system, the sloped insulation is beneficial to our home’s thermal efficiency in addition to being more reflective and cooler. For buildability, we need to take the SURE HOUSE apart into three modules and the Sarnafil system is much easier to repair when we rebuild the home in California for the competition and then again back here in New Jersey.”