Greenbuild 2012, America's largest Eco-Construction Expo, was the launch site for some impressive green building innovations. Here's a quick sample of products worth checking out in this coming year:
Accsys Technology's flagship product is Accoya Wood, which improves the performance of FSC-certified wood by use of a non-toxic acetylization wood preservative process. The process creates a more durable, dimensionally stable, and pest-resistant product that retains the beauty of natural wood. A study conducted by the Timber Research & Development Association (TRADA), shows Accoya wood outperforming other preserved wood for comparative resistance to natural weathering and splitting. Termite-resistant Accoya wood is toxin-free for use indoors or out, and it carries a 50-year above-ground and 25-year below-ground warranty against rot and decay. Accoya wood carries a 50-year above-ground and 25-year below-ground warranty against rot and decay.
A 4th generation family business, Hickman Lumber controls Allegheny Mountain's entire production process from the forest to the lumber, to the finished boards. The result is a selection of FSC certified flooring that has earned awards from the National Wood Flooring Association for beauty and creative design.
Applegate provides insulation in a variety of sustainable forms – flame-resistant thermal cotton batts made from recycled denim, borate treated loose fill recycled cellulose, acoustic batts made from recycled cotton, and low-emission spray foam insulation. Applegate offers distribution warehouses in every region of the continental U.S.
Benjamin Moore Paint
In recent years, Benjamin Moore Paint has re-made itself into a supplier of longer life, lower emission interior and exterior paints, stains, and finishes – both water based and oil based. Their signature Natura line of low emission paint uses zero-VOC colorants, and it's now joined by key architectural finishes such as their newly introduced Grand Entry line of durable door finishes.
BioBased Insulation's 2-component soy polyurethane spray-applied insulation available in open cell and closed cell foam. The material is VOC-compliant and free of chemical toxins. Once applied, BioBased offers performance specs that exceed conventional foam materials.
Bonded Logic's UltraTouch Denim Insulation is produced from recycled blue jeans, and supplied pre-cut for residential or commercial applications. The material provides superior thermal and acoustic performance, and is available in R8, R13, R19, R21 and R30.
CertainTeed Corporation boasts a new family of Gyptone BIG Large Format Perforated Acoustic Panels. These perforated gypsum panels allow for monolithic ceiling and wall designs without visible breaks or joints and provide superior acoustics for open lobbies, classrooms and office spaces. The panels offer NRCs from 0.60 to 0.75, depending on the perforation pattern, and a CAC of 35. All panels are made with 80 percent post-consumer and 5 percent pre-consumer recycled content and can be fully recycled into the manufacturing of new gypsum products.
Collins FSC-certified Pine FreeForm Particleboard recently added CARB Exempt status to its list of advantages that include NAF (no added formaldeyde), moisture resistance and 100% post-industrial wood fiber content. By using pMDI adhesive and including a high pine content, Collins Pine FreeForm offers excellent machinability to extend tool life and added safety for users. As a leader in environmental stewardship, Collins Pine FreeForm and their other FSC hardwoods and softwoods offer everything customers need in one environmentally friendly product.
IntelaSun has the stats to call itself the most advanced controlled daylighting solution available. IntelaSun delivers the exact amount of daylighting desired – no more, no less. This dynamic system uses intelligent ‘SolaBlades' within the glazing panels that adjust to the sun's position in the sky. IntelaSun promises an economical solution to manage the level of sunlight, solar heat gain, and shading within a given space, enabling optimal building performance.
Electro Plastics/STEP Warmfloor
STEP Warmfloor is a flat and thin (1.2mm), low-voltage (AC/DC), heating element made of self-regulating PTC semi-conductive polymer. The material acts as a sensor, thereby making the system highly energy efficient. Easy to install, cut to size on site, ideal for new construction and remodeling under most floor coverings. Other applications include snowmelt and roof deicing.
Finish Line/Columbia Forest Products
FinishLine from Columbia Forest Products is a collection of hardwood panels in clear, stained and primed factory finishes. These VOC-free, pre-finished panels, which feature Columbia's PureBond formaldehyde -free hardwood plywood technology, can complement projects that require high standards for appearance, performance, and indoor air quality.
The Titebond label offers one of the industry's most complete and comprehensive lines of VOC-compliant, urethane and solvent-free adhesives. Their GreenChoice lineup has a proven track record with contractors and builders as a low-odor alternative that can be safely used for remodels in occupied schools, restaurants and other commercial and residential sites.
Gerflor will unveil its new Creation Collection, with more than 85 LVT designs based on urban landscapes, nature and authentic woods. Creation Collection's seven exclusive innovations in contrast, concrete, paint, piano finish, denim, mixed and different plank length & widths make it easy for designers to achieve distinctive looks for any space.
Intus Windows provides a wide range of super energy efficient, Passive House Institute Certified and Passive House suitable windows, doors and curtain walls.
Booth 5509W • www.intuswindows.com
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Seal-Once specs out as the most eco-friendly waterproofer for wood, concrete/masonry and composite decking, providing long lasting protection against water and UV damage. Seal-Once is water-based, contains no VOC'S, toxins or petroleum, plus it is non-film forming and breathable. Protects against mold and mildew, and will hot harm fish, plants, pets or people. Seal-Once can contribute to LEED credit 4.2
Onset's data loggers provide reliable, accurate data in a range of energy monitoring applications, including HVAC monitoring, building energy audits, measurement & verification, and building commissioning. Their HOBO Wireless Temp/RH Monitoring Kit is an easy-to-use, wireless system that includes everything needed to make environmental monitoring fast, cost-effective, and convenient.
Owens Corning's new EnergyComplete™ whole home insulation and air sealing system offers proprietary features developed by Owens Corning's dedicated Building Science & Technology team. In a groundbreaking study, they identified specific exterior joints where air is most likely to enter and escape from a home through vulnerable gaps, cracks and seams – accounting for up to 40 percent of the energy used for heating and cooling. This insight inspired the design of the exclusive sealant formula and equipment used in EnergyComplete, which combines a flexible foam sealant with proven formaldehyde-free EcoTouch® Insulation to deliver exceptional thermal performance. Featuring Owens Corning's Flexible Seal Technology, the expanding foam penetrates deep into joints and openings to help prevent energy loss by air exchange. The durable sealant also reduces the chance of mold growth by keeping airborne moisture from entering wall cavities, and creates a first line of defense against insects and other pests.
Original Rainwater Pillow
The Original Rainwater Pillow is an innovative rainwater harvesting system designed to be stored in "pillows" in horizontal wasted space under decks and crawl space. With capacities up to 200,000 gallons, complete rainwater harvesting kits include filters, pump, pillow, and all necessary fittings.
Booth 2304S • www.rainwaterpillow.com
Syntheon will showcase its sustainable building envelope solutions, including signature products such as its Elemix concrete additive and accel-E Steel Thermal Efficient Panel (S.T.E.P.) Wall System. You can also check out Syntheon's new 16-gauge, 6-inch accel-E panel.
Teragren’s Portfolio Collection is a commercially-rated FloorScore-certified product line of wide plank strand bamboo flooring, now available in ten designer colors and textures. Using a premium engineered Välinge-patented fold-down locking system for easy installation means you can simply drop and lock each plank in place for a tight, clean seam that doesn’t require glue, staples, or nails.
Booth 3347N • www.totousa.com
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