Dow Construction Chemicals could Revolutionise Cool Roofing with New Innovation
In a bid to meet the growing demand for energy efficient “cool roofs” in the Middle East, Dow Construction Chemicals has just launched a key component that will boost the effectiveness of cool reflective roof coatings (CRRC).
Cool roof coatings are crucial in reducing the amount of solar heat absorbed by the tops of buildings, instead reflecting it away and reducing the need for energy-sapping air conditioning.
Dow’s new chemical component will be produced at its facility in Jebel Ali, UAE, and to mark the launch the firm, part of The Dow Chemical Company, is hosting a series of events aimed at the construction sector.
The product in question is a water-based acrylic polymer, designed specifically to suit the heat, sun and dust found in the Middle East.
Brown Joseph, DCC Business Development Manager for Middle East & Africa, said: “Elastomeric roof coatings formulated with the new material from Dow can reduce the cost of cooling a building by as much as 20 percent.
“We believe functional coatings such as CRRCs can not only help developers increase the value of their properties in the Middle East thanks to better building performance, this technology can also support refurbishment and improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings.”
“Durable Cool Reflective Roof Coatings can also protect the roof from environmental degradation and help reduce the effect of peak temperatures and resulting mechanical stress, leading to an expanded life time for the roof.”
Roofs in the Middle East should now be able to withstand temperatures of up to 80 degrees Celsius with the latest CRRC technology.
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.