It is hard to talk about restoration without talking about sustainability. This 2-hour interactive online
course discusses the role that restoration can and does play in the arena of sustainability, and
specifically the role that sealants play in sustainable design and repair.
We don't often think about sealants as being sustainable because they don't appear to be very
"green." Most people equate the "greenness" of a product with water based technology. That is a
mistake. The process to make polymer for water based materials is not very pretty and the
assumption that water based materials can meet the performance requirements is not
necessarily accurate. The litmus test for the "greenness" of a material should include the in service
performance of the material. Balanced with performance properties, materials with a long service life
contribute to sustainable buildings.
By the end of this course, you will understand, if you do not already, there is more to a sustainable material
than VOC and that high performance materials like hybrid sealants play a significant role in creating sustainable