Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Eco-Max Press Release

On the Greenbuild Note ..... Here is a press release from one of our partner manufacturer's.  This is a new product on the wall side of things that has nothing to do with us but is cool nonetheless .... Enjoy!

Rmax’s New Eco-Max® Features Renewable Chemistry for LEED Credits

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Dallas, TX, United States, 11/13/2008 - Dallas-based manufacturer of polyiso insulated building products, today announced the immediate availability of its new Eco-Max® wall insulation product that qualifies for LEED building credits due to its renewable chemistry.

Eco-Max is the first polyisocyanurate wall insulation product to contain a minimum of eight percent rapidly renewable Natural Oil Polyol. It marks the latest breakthrough in the company’s 30-year history as a polyiso insulation manufacturer.

“Eco-Max is the green insulation product our industry has been waiting for,” said Ed Godlewski, Rmax president. “We have begun shipping the product from our Fernley, Nevada manufacturing plant and plan to begin distribution out of our Texas and South Carolina plants early next year.”

The product was designed for commercial cavity walls, masonry, residential stud walls and cathedral ceilings in new and retrofit construction applications.

Eco-Max has zero ozone depletion (ODP) and negligible global warming potential (GWP). It also meets new ASHRAE 90.1 standards.

The product is available in thicknesses from 0.75” to 3”, with thermal R-values ranging from 4.3 to 16.2, as determined by ASTM C518 test method.

“No other wall insulation on the market combines the renewable chemistry and high thermal characteristics of our new Eco-Max product,” Godlewski said. “In fact, Eco-Max provides the highest thermal resistance per inch of any comparable insulation product available today.”

For more details regarding Rmax or its new environmentally responsible. Eco-Max wall insulation product, contact the company at 1-800-527-0890 or visit the website.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Greening Up At Greenbuild

What a week we had at Greenbuild in Boston!  With more than 700 exhibitors and 25,000+ employees attendees, the event was truly amazing.  The aisles were packed!  We had a great time with Drew, Tara & Linda at our Protect-All Flooring/Duro-Last Roofing booths.  Some of the neat items we discovered were VOC free organic paint stained with fruits & vegetables, photovoltaic skylights & recycled plastic messenger bags along with a lot more.

Along the way we learned to navigate the less than user friendly Boston public transportation system including trains, buses & shuttles. Chowda was eaten & lobsters were, well, whatever you call it when you suck the meat out of them.  In the end, we had a great time.  Before leaving we were on the fence about Phoenix next year.  But we left completely convinced that Greenbuild is the future.

greenbuild-aisleOutside Sam Adams

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cool Ideas From MRCA

Last week we attended the Midwest Roofing Contractors conference in Dallas, Texas (I know thats not the midwest but hey maybe their map was wrong)  Along with seeing some great energy saving products, we attended a facinating lecture on photovoltaics by William Miller of Oak Ridge Labs.

Two points to share -#1  if HVAC ductwork were ran inside airconditioned space instead of our attics we would be saving millions in energy costs.  So what can be done besides rebuilding our houses?  Insulate!  Cover the ducts in insulation to the point they cannot be seen.

#2 Solar panels on white roofs in the south may not be as good of an idea as we all think.  The rooftop temperature of photovoltaics can soar to more than 165 degrees on white rooftops that normally are near ambient.  The energy loss of heating the white membrane can offset the solar output.  Solution?  Analyze each situation, however putting the solar panels on the ground probably makes a lot more sense.

Well thats all for now ....See you at Greenbuild!

Monday, November 3, 2008