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2011 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2012 2013 With the exception of a couple of products, materials relating to air quality appeared to be top priority on readers’ lists, and for good reason. Healthy indoor spaces have been proven to reduce worker illnesses and days lost, while sometimes helping a building to achieve certification under certain rating systems. The following products garnered the most reader requests for additional information from November 2010 to October 2011. ENERGY STAR LED Bulb 1 8 ed+c JANUARY 12 The first LED replacement for a 60-watt incandescent bulb — the Philips EnduraLED 12.5 watt — is now also the first to earn ENERGY STAR qualification, the company states. The EnduraLED A-shape Dimmable LED lamp is the smart LED alternative to standard incandescents, providing smooth dimming with less energy, according to the company. The long life properties eliminate the hassle of repeated relamping in busy areas and are designed to provide ideal lighting for hospitality and retail buildings. The bulb is eligible for many utility rebate programs. www.usa.philips.com Philips | Reader Service No. 20
2011 Top Products
With the exception of a couple of products, materials relating to air quality appeared to be top priority on readers’ lists, and for good reason. Healthy indoor spaces have been proven to reduce worker illnesses and days lost, while sometimes helping a building to achieve certification under certain rating systems. The following products garnered the most reader requests for additional information from November 2010 to October 2011.
1 ENERGY STAR LED Bulb
The first LED replacement for a 60-watt incandescent bulb — the Philips EnduraLED 12.5 watt — is now also the first to earn ENERGY STAR qualification, the company states. The EnduraLED A-shape Dimmable LED lamp is the smart LED alternative to standard incandescents, providing smooth dimming with less energy, according to the company. The long life properties eliminate the hassle of repeated relamping in busy areas and are designed to provide ideal lighting for hospitality and retail buildings. The bulb is eligible for many utility rebate programs.Www.usa.philips.com
2 Aerogel Building Insulation
Cabot Corporation and Rockwool International A/S have taken advantage of the properties of granular aerogel to create a building insulation product. The Rockwool Aerowool material is a high-performance composite of aerogel and mineral wool. With its level of thermal performance and thin profile, the material may be helpful in applications where space is at a premium, providing equivalent performance to traditional materials at a reduced thickness, according to the company. Cabot’s aerogel is produced as hydrophobic particles that can be incorporated in a variety of composite forms. Each particle consists of more than 90 percent air, which severely inhibits heat transfer through the material. Www.cabot-corp.com
3 Smart Toilet
Caroma’s Invisi Series II toilet suites are designed to maximize floor space by making smaller bathrooms more roomy and luxurious. According to the company, all Invisi Series II toilets flush with less water without impacting performance using the company’s award-winning Smartflush technology. The half flush uses 0.8 gallons-per-flush (gpf) for liquids, and the full flush uses 1.28 gpf for solids for an average volume of 0.9 gpf.Www.caromausa.com
4 Fiber Glass Air-Handling Products
Johns Manville (JM) announced the launch of a new line of fiber glass air-handling products. JM EQ (Environmental Quality) products contain a formaldehyde-free resin for improved indoor air quality, deliver noise attenuation and thermal efficiency performance, and integrate EPA-registered antimicrobial agents that protect the line against mold development, according to the company. For commercial buildings, the entire line will be GREENGUARD Children and Schools certified, the company states. Www.jm.com
5 Sugar-Palm Flooring
Smith & Fong has launched new sugar-palm flooring products. Joining the line of Durapalm coconut palm plywood, flooring, veneers and panels, Smith & Fong’s new Deco palm products feature an almost three-dimensional appearance. Deco palm fits well in a modern commercial, retail or residential environment. Deco palm plywood and flooring products are formaldehyde-free, the company states. Deco palm flooring is available prefinished in random lengths with a width of 3” and thickness of 5/8”. Www.plyboo.com
6 Hybrid Ceiling Panel
CertainTeed has added to its portfolio of acoustical ceiling products through the introduction of Adagio High CAC, a sustainable composite ceiling panel that features acoustical performance. According to the company, the panel combines the sound absorption of high-density fiber glass with the sound containment qualities of mineral fiber. The panels feature a 62 percent recycled content and include BIOSHIELD, a treatment for added mold and mildew resistance. The panel’s high light reflectance (0.90) on its Overtone offering increases the natural distribution of lighting. Www.certainteed.com
7 Formaldehyde-Free Formulated Insulation
EcoTouch Pink Fiberglas Insulation with PureFiber Technology is made with natural materials and a formaldehyde-free formulation. This product uses a minimum of 50 percent recycled content (30 percent post-consumer recycled content).
It is designed to provide energy efficiency and comfort with the environment in mind. According to the company, EcoTouch is fast and easy to install, helping reduce build-cycle time, enhance profitability and improve cash flow. EcoTouch Pink Fiberglas is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality certified, as well as GREENGUARD Children and Schools certified, to meet certification standards for indoor air quality.
Www.owenscorning.com Owens Corning | Reader Service No. 26
8 One Step Sealing Compound
DECK-O-SEAL ONE STEP is a single-component, non-sag, elastomeric, polysulfide-based sealing compound used for caulking joints in structures that are subject to movement caused by temperature changes. DECK-O-SEAL ONE STEP is designed for glazing operations and sealing joints in concrete structures when an expansion joint is required or in high sloping and vertical applications. ONE STEP is also designed for use in swimming pools above the waterline, where the tile meets the pool coping. It bonds well to concrete, masonry, glass, metal and wood. ONE STEP may help contribute to LEED credits for low-emitting or regional materials. Www.wrmeadows.com
9 Eco-Friendly Construction Adhesives and Sealants
Franklin International’s Titebond GREENchoice line of ecofriendly construction adhesives and sealants developed for the professional contractor is designed to allow nearly any bonding job on the construction site. The GREENchoice line includes seven solvent-free adhesives and sealants and one eco-safe polyurethane formula that works inside and out and can be extruded in near-freezing temperatures. Most GREENchoice adhesives currently are available in professional-sized 29-ounce and 10.5-ounce cartridges. Additionally, the corrugated portion of the GREENchoice cartridge is constructed of post-consumer recycled material. Www.titebondgreenchoice.com
10 Ceiling Coating
AirGuard is a coating for ceiling tiles that is designed to actively remove formaldehyde and other aldehydes in indoor air. The coating technology reportedly converts naturally occurring and man-made formaldehyde present in interiors into an inert substance permanently captured by the ceiling. Applied to the back of ceiling tiles, the AirGuard Coating removes aldehydes during the commissioning and early occupancy of a building. Tests reportedly show that it eliminates more than 90 percent of formaldehyde during the first year of use, and over a 10-year period, the average formaldehyde reduction is 50 percent, a claim backed by UL Environment. Www.armstrong.com
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