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DuPont Building Innovations and Dri-Design® Introduce Advanced Exterior Wall Panel System with DuPont™ Corian® Solid Surfaces

  • Patricia Seif
    DuPont Building Innovations
  • Jewel Jones

New Exterior Cladding Product is Engineered to Create Inspirational, Sustainable Facades

WILMINGTON, DEL., May 16, 2012 – Two of the industry’s most innovative, versatile and specified building materials, DuPont™ Corian® solid surface and dri-design® wall panel system have joined forces to bring to market the dri-design® Wall Panel System with DuPont™ Corian® EC exterior cladding, a superior exterior cladding solution engineered to facilitate innovative design, efficient installation and sustainability.

The DuPont, dri-design® collaboration marks the first time Corian® surfaces are available as the standard part of an exterior wall offering.  In this new system, Corian® EC panels are fastened to the dri-design® metal wall panel system as cladding for use on buildings four stories and below in the United States, and three stories and below in Canada.  The pressure-equalized, rain-screen characteristics of dri-design® combined with Corian® design flexibility provide unlimited possibilities for both architects and installers.

“DuPont and dri-design have interlocked – in every sense of the word – to help architects and designers create unlimited design possibilities and offer building managers a highly engineered and performance tested exterior cladding solution,” said Elizabeth Lawson, North American new business development manager, Surfaces – DuPont Building Innovations.

Dri-Design® with Corian® EC panels offer the commercial building community a palette of 29 colors, two standard panel sizes and eight standard textured panel patterns.  Custom colors, panel sizes and patterns also are available.  The panels have excellent colorfast qualities and resistance to humidity, pollutants, detergents, and water absorption and freeze-thaw cycles.  The panels’ flexural and tensile strength also provides resistance to wind loads. 

“Dri-Design® has been specified time-after-time because of the distinct aesthetics they offer, as well as what’s underneath – a superior, weatherable and more sustainable solution for buildings of all types,” said Brad Zeeff, president and founder of dri-design. “Now, with the addition of Corian® EC and these amazing textured panel patterns, architects will have even more options to create signature buildings.”

The dri-design® Wall Panel System with DuPont™ Corian® EC also contributes to more sustainable building design.  Dri-design uses solid plate aluminum sheet metal to create the durable architectural panels which are 100 percent recyclable.  Additionally, 10 of the 29 Corian® EC colors contain up to 20 percent pre-consumer recycled contentas certified by Scientific Certification Systems.  DuPont Building Innovations, manufacturers of Corian® EC, has achieved zero landfill status by reducing, reusing and recycling manufacturing byproducts and waste at all of the company’s manufacturing sites globally.  None of the waste generated from the manufacture of Corian® EC is sent to landfills.

“DuPont and dri-design have a shared purpose to help architects, designers and building owners find solutions to execute their exterior visions beautifully, efficiently and more sustainably,” said Lawson.

Property owners and managers will find that dri-design® Wall Panel System with DuPont™ Corian® EC resolves modern installation and performance challenges.  The dri-design® interlocking panel system simplifies installation. The Corian®EC panels are easy to clean, repair and replace and can be restored to their original appearance through pressure washing and sanding, if necessary.  Even graffiti can be easily removed.  The interlocking system also performs without delaminating, streaking or staining associated with silicone sealants and gaskets.

Architects and designers can learn more about the dri-design® Wall Panel System with DuPont™ Corian® EC by visiting, emailing, or calling 616-355-2970.

DuPont Building Innovations, a strategic business unit of DuPont, is a driving force in the transformation of the building and construction industry through its use of building and materials science to solve emerging needs and create value for its commercial and residential customers.  The company maintains its industry-leading position by applying innovative thinking to the development of energy-saving weatherization systems and beautiful and long-lasting surfacing solutions.  DuPont Building Innovations’ best-known products and premier brands include: DuPont™ Corian® solid surfaces, including DuPont™ Zodiaq® quartz surfaces, DuPont™ Tyvek® Weatherization Systems and a broad portfolio of garden and landscaping products.

DuPont – one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals more than 20 years ago – has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802.  The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.  For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit

May 16, 2012