RAK Research and Innovation Center invited Seal Coatings and 15 of the leading local manufacturers of High solar reflective paints to participate in the “High Solar reflective Index Materials – Weathering Tests workshop and to explain the certification process done by the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity council, (ADQCC).
The workshop was a joint ventures with the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity council (ADQCC) & Ras Al-Khaimah Research and innovation center (RAKRIC) to provide insights into importance of natural outdoor exposure testing, relevant standards and certification process. Dr. Simon Hugh Miller, Conformity specialist from ADQCC presented in depth about certification schemes related to high SRI materials (Paints/coatings, Hardscape materials).
Ian Edwards, specialist from Q-Lab Europe Ltd., presented about outdoor natural, accelerated weathering tests conducted at benchmark weathering locations in USA and the challenges to develop such infrastructure tailored to gulf environmental conditions. A research case study on testing high SRI paints/coatings was presented by Uday Kumar, Sr. R&D Engineer at RAKRIC followed up by an elaborated discussion on pathways to develop Gulf Cool Roof rating council. Finally a site visit was organized for the participants to show the newly developed testing facility at RAKRIC providing “Natural outdoor weathering services”.