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Quantum V92 achieves architect's vision at NSW Herbarium

Quantum V92 achieves architect's vision at NSW Herbarium

With an advanced formulation like Quantum V92, there’s no need to choose between an aesthetically superior finish and robust protection. This fluoropolymer technology met the architect's design vision for the expansive vaulted roof at the new National Herbarium of New South Wales.

Located in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens at Mount Annan, the new Herbarium is a $41.5 million facility. It houses 5000 internal square metres of rammed earth vaults, each containing precious plant specimens dating back to the time of European arrival in Australia.

Meeting all needs in one system
The facility’s structural steelwork required lasting protection from extreme temperatures and UV radiation. At the same time, the design team at Architectus wanted to enhance the dramatic lines of the steelwork. The ultra-premium quality of Quantum V92 ensured both the design and protection requirements were met.

Dulux Protective Coatings is experienced in working with architects and asset managers to meet design and durability requirements in one system. Serving the Greater Sydney area, our Technical Sales Representative Grant Lowe alongside Business Development Executive Adam Hockey designed a two step specification, starting with a prime coat of Zincanode 402 at 75 microns (DFT). This two pack epoxy will give the steel exceptional cathodic corrosion resistance. Selected for its superior weathering qualities, the topcoat of Quantum V92 was sprayed on at 125 microns.

"Dulux Protective Coatings Fluoropolymer based products are well suited to resist Australia's particularly high UV levels. They offer outstanding gloss and colour retention for exterior surfaces," Grant explains.

"Another major benefit is the extended maintenance cycle, helping to save the asset owner long-term costs."

Quantum V92 is suitable for steel, aluminium and galvanised steel substrates, as well as MDF and concrete. It also provides excellent resistance to chemicals, abrasion and graffiti.

Both products were spray applied in a workshop before the steel was transported to the construction site.

Flourine delivers outstanding durability
According to Dulux Protective Coatings Specification Executive, Daniel McKeown, fluoropolymer coatings like Quantum V92 are ideal for projects where colour retention is particularly important. They are formulated with polymers that contain fluorine for outstanding durability and UV resistance.

“Fluoropolymers resist breakdown, thus retaining their original film build for longer,” Daniel says. “Colour fade on a key piece of infrastructure is a disappointing and costly outcome. In particular, bright colours like reds, greens, oranges and yellows can be challenging to achieve a long colour life expectancy.”

Sustainability focus
The state-of-the-art National Herbarium of NSW will join the award-winning Australian Plant Bank at Mount Annan. The facility's function is to ensure to the survival of plants and build more resilient ecosystems for future generations. At Dulux Protective Coatings, we have also have a sustainability purpose: to provide superior protection that increases the lifespan of assets. We're happy to report that both objectives have been met, and the Herbarium will continue their important work with minimal maintenance required. 

Get in touch with our coatings experts to find out how our coatings can extend the life of your assets.


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