BASF Wall Systems Introduces Enershield™ Air & Water-Resistive Barriers

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The Wall Systems business of BASF Corporation, a leader in the EIFS and stucco industry, announced the introduction of a new business venture focused upon the important and growing market for air/water-resistive barriers. The new Enershield™ line of coatings and associated membranes are designed to meet the needs of architects, contractors and building owners

Enershield creates a monolithic barrier over many substrates.

Enershield is now available and distribution is being established at waterproofing and building supply outlets throughout the US.

The Wall Systems business of BASF Corporation, a leader in the EIFS and stucco industry, announced the introduction of a new business venture focused upon the important and growing market for air/water-resistive barriers. The new Enershield™ line of coatings and associated membranes are designed to meet the needs of architects, contractors and building owners, based on four key concepts:

  •     Efficient use of premium materials. ENERSHIELD™ products are based on high-quality elastomeric polymers formulated to provide a balance of strength, resilience, abrasion-resistance, water-resistance and controlled water vapor permeability. These properties combine to create high performance at low film thicknesses. Where extra strength is needed, special SHEATHING FABRIC saturated with ENERSHIELD™ creates a fabric-reinforced composite material with self-gauging thickness and super toughness.
  •     One air barrier material for all wall assemblies. ENERSHIELD™ products meet the requirements of ICC-ES AC212 for use as a water-resistive barrier behind all cladding materials, and are fully qualified with many popular water-drainage EIFS designs. Rough window openings can be effectively treated using the same ENERSHIELD™ reinforced with SHEATHING FABRIC. The result is a seamless, monolithic air/water-resistive barrier.
  •     Safety and sustainability. ENERSHIELD™ products are high solids, water-based, single component materials with very low VOC content. As applied, they are non-flammable. Once cured, they have an ASTM E84 Class 1 flame spread rating.
  •     Extensive testing to validate performance. ENERSHIELD™ products have been fully tested and meet all relevant International Code Council Acceptance Criteria as well as Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) performance requirements.    

BASF Wall Systems has established a dedicated sales and support team for the Enershield business. Enershield is now available and distribution is being established at waterproofing and building supply outlets throughout the US. Complete technical literature can be accessed directly off the Enershield website – – or architects and contractors can request Enershield binders.

For additional information, contact Richard Martens, who leads the Enershield team. Phone: 904-996-6101. E-mail: Richard.martens (at) basf (dot) com.

BASF - The Chemical Company BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has approximately 16,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $13 billion in 2009. For more information about BASF's North American operations, or to sign up to receive news releases by e-mail, visit http://www.basf.us.
BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals and oil and gas. As a reliable partner, BASF creates chemistry to help its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges, such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF posted sales of more than €50 billion in 2009 and had approximately 105,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at http://www.basf.com

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