What’s behind biomimetics at Sto?
The idea of using nature intelligently.
Sustainable building with biomimetic facade paints
At Sto, we have been developing products based on the most efficient solutions from nature for 20 years. Our inspiration: 3430 million years of evolution – constant optimisation through further development. The benefit to you: radiant colour intensity, lasting UV and weather protection, facades that clean themselves, and a longer lifecycle for your buildings. We offer cost-effectiveness and ecology combined. This is what we mean by Building with conscience.
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How a new generation of paints protects itself
Facades are constantly exposed to weather conditions. If dew, fog, and rain are causing them to be constantly wet or if they are located near trees, shrubs, or water, it doesn't take long for algae or fungi to appear. This causes an awful grey film.
Our biomimetic facade paints stay clean and bright in the long term thanks to clever principles inspired by nature. They are available without biocidal film protection, making them exceptionally environmentally friendly.
Water management on facades
Water management is one of the most important jobs of facade paints. Due to its high surface tension, water forms in droplets, which the microtexture in our biomimetic facade paints repels. We took this technique straight from nature, drawing inspiration from the lotus flower found in Asia and the fog-basking beetle from the Namib desert in Africa. Our two technologies – Lotus-Effect® and Dryonic® Technology – ensure that water comes into minimal contact with the surface As a result, dirt runs off with the raindrops in a matter of seconds. And the facade stays nice and dry.
Intelligent technology from Sto
Facade paints in our iQ – Intelligent Technology generation have special properties, with their surfaces protecting themselves against rain, soiling, fading, heat, and so much more. Here at Sto, we have more than 160 employees working on environmentally friendly innovations like this in our development department. A whole three per cent of our turnover is allocated to research and development.
“For me, sustainability always has to be cost-effective too”
Mr Ruetz, your company has been working with Sto for decades now and you often partner up to develop new products. Are you an inquisitive person?
Yes! We tested the new StoColor Dryonic® on our own facades right away. But as the managing director of a painting contractor, I obviously don't use an innovation just because I want to try something new. When it comes to construction work, we like to rely on trusted solutions.
What do you like about biomimetic facade paints?
Their sustainability. And, for me, this is about solutions being cost-effective as well as environmentally friendly. I really admire the way that Sto thinks about how it can apply the intelligence of the natural world to its own products. It pays off all round!
What are your customers' main concerns?
Homeowners tend to ask which colour shades are available first of all. Finding out about the technology behind the products is of more interest to us specialists. What makes StoColor Dryonic® so special is that the customer knows the exact colour shade they have picked will last and last. This equates to added value for the customer and us as a company.