The application of DFI’s flagship nano-coating, Diamon Fusion®, on all glass doorways for the piazza and the front and back entrances of the building, reflects the Academy’s on-going pursuit of its mission to explore, explain and protect the natural world.
The Academy chose Diamon Fusion® to reduce both the effort needed and the cleaning chemicals typically employed to clean these high-traffic doorways. In addition, Diamon Fusion®’s scratch-resistant properties will extend the life of these doors that are touched by thousands of visitors daily. The project was completed by Santa Cruz, California-based Central Coast Diamon Fusion® and Window Cleaning, a member of DFI’s worldwide network of authorized licensees.
“…the Academy’s experience with DFI and its product has been very positive.” explained Jock Young, Facilities Manager. “The end product is everything I was told it would be resulting in lower labour and material costs. My custodians spend less time wiping sticky fingerprints from the glass using only a microfiber cloth and no chemicals. The feedback from the custodians has been positive as well; ‘I don’t know what you did to the glass’ one of them said to me, ‘but we like it’ …“
The California Academy of Sciences, founded in 1853, opened their NEW building (designed by Italian Architect Renzo Piano, who stands among the world’s greatest architects and winner of the 1998 Pritzker Prize) on September 27, 2008 and is widely considered to be the greenest museum in the world based on the Platinum LEED rating received from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system is a highly respected and often referenced standard for evaluating high-performance, sustainable buildings. The Academy has received the EPA’s regional 2006 Environmental Award and has been the North American winner of the Silver Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction.
The new Academy will consume 30% less energy than required by standard building codes and 60,000 photovoltaic cells will provide 5% to 10% of electricity from solar energy. The Living Roof will absorb nearly 3.6 million gallons of rainwater per year.
“The Academy’s experience with DFI and its product has been very positive.” explained Jock Young, Facilities Manager. “The DFI staff was efficient and professional and the application process itself was quick and painless. The end product is everything I was told it would be resulting in lower labor and material costs. My custodians spend less time wiping sticky fingerprints from the glass using only a microfiber cloth and no chemicals. The feedback from the custodians has been positive as well; ‘I don’t know what you did to the glass’ one of them said to me, ‘but we like it.’”
“To be part, in any fashion, of such a colossal and masterfully designed green project is a true expression to the enhancing qualities of our product and how we are helping, tangibly, to protect the environment”, stated Guillermo Seta, executive director of DFI Global Operations. “The inherent reduction of chemical usage, cleaning efforts and expenses in commercial buildings, on solar panels, at home, and on a wide range of surfaces, simply makes the application of our product natural to anyone conscious of both beauty and functionality.”
The California Academy of Sciences is an international center for scientific education and research and is at the forefront of efforts to understand and protect the diversity of Earth’s living things. The Academy has a staff of over 50 professional educators and Ph.D.-level scientists, supported by more than 100 Research and Field Associates and over 300 Fellows. It conducts research in 11 scientific fields:
- aquatic biology,
- comparative genomics,
- invertebrate zoology,
DFI Nanotechnology multi-functional characteristics include: water and oil repellency (hydrophobic and oleophobic,), impact and scratch resistance, protection against graffiti, dirt and stains, finger print protection, UV stability, additional electrical insulation, protection against calcium and sodium deposits and increased brilliance and lubricity. DFI’s nanocoating works at nanoscale levels to change the molecular composition of any silica-based surface. Diamon Fusion®® provides, in chemical terms, a ‘cross-linked’, ‘branched’ and ‘capped’ optically clear nano-film along with a strong and durable covalent bond.
Central Coast Diamon Fusion® and Window Cleaning (CCDF), a DFI licensee for over seven years, specializes in residential, commercial and marine glass restoration, Diamon Fusion® application and window cleaning on premier properties throughout the Monterey Bay Area. CCDF has fashioned Diamon Fusion® for Princess Cruise Lines, West Marine and most recently the Ocean Honda dealership in Santa Cruz, among many others. CCDF has developed several innovative glass restoration techniques using DFI products that provide their customers money-saving alternatives to expensive window replacement.
“…reduce maintenance costs, protect our glass entrance doors from scratching and guard against staining from building material leaching.”
…see how easy the removal of paint overspray is on the Diamond Fusion treated surface.
“…enabled us to solve a key issue with condensation within our refrigerated display case.”
“…now their biggest problem is the workers stopping to check themselves out in the mirror glass…”
To date, DFI has treated more than 80,000 square feet of glass.
… we did not have to incur the cost of replacing the glass and brilliance of the surface has been fully restored.
By using Diamon-Fusion® we reduced the need to clean our glass surfaces by 90%.
After trying several other cleaning methods, the Jefferson Development Group turned to the team @ DFI Building Beautiful to restore the glazing to a like-new condition.