AkzoNobel helps architects to leave no ‘Stone’ uncovered!

AkzoNobel Powder Coatings has launched the super-durable Interpon D Stone Effect powder coating that transforms aluminum surfaces to give the beautiful natural look and texture of stone without any of the drawbacks associated with using the actual material, for architects and designers in Australia and New Zealand.
With stone effect finishes much in demand across the globe, Interpon has innovated a way for architects to achieve the look of Portland stone, limestone, and other stone finishes but in a more sustainable and cost-effective way. Easy to apply, just a single layer can achieve a shop finish, making it an ideal alternative to traditional fibre cement or fiberglass concrete used in pre-clad modular facades.
Using an Interpon D Stone Effect powder coating brings several further benefits, not least the practical advantages of not having to source, transport, install, and maintain real stone. Natural stone erodes over time and needs constant repair; an Interpon powder coating protects aluminum surfaces over the long term. They are also much lighter, making them easier to handle and reducing weight-induced stress on the overall structure, and require less material, and less cost.
Interpon D Stone Effect is a sustainable option, backed by an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) that contributes to LEED and Green Star points. An EPD means the raw materials, manufacture and transportation associated with creating the product have been assessed by an independent third-party for sustainability, including its recyclability at end of life which is becoming increasingly important when considering the initial design.

Bob Dirks, Global Segment Manager Architectural, AkzoNobel Powder Coatings, is excited to bring the Stone Effect Collection to the markets across the globe: “The range combines the quality and style that architects demand, with practical benefits that make for easier handling and installation,” she says.
“But perhaps the real strength of the range lies in the power it gives architects to transform metal surfaces to meet not only their design aspirations, but also their commitment to sustainability.”
Interpon D Stone Effect also meets several of the most stringent performance requirements including AAMA2604 and the AS1530 fire test.

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