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Products - January 2007

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EcoWorx was introduced in 1999 as the industry’s first technologically advanced, closed-loop, Cradle to Cradle alternative to PVC backing for carpet tiles. At the end of its useful life, Shaw will pick up the EcoWorx-backed carpet—at no charge to the customer—and recycle it into two materials: more EcoWorx backing, and EcoSolution Q nylon to make into more carpet. There is no waste landfilled from the recycling process… each pound of input creates one pound of product. In 2007, Shaw is introducing EcoWorx Performance Broadloom commercial carpet backing, expanding the material from carpet tiles only. Shaw Contract Group, Dalton, GA. www.shawcontractgroup.com; phone 877-502-7429, or 800-257-7429.

Karnak Roof Coatings
Karnak 501 and 505-M Elasto-Brite acrylic-polymer coatings for metal, asphalt, and non-APP (atactic polypropylene) built-up roofs can prolong the life of those membranes, and lower the building’s air conditioning energy needs if ENERGY STAR-rated white is applied. Gray, tan, patina green, and terra cotta red are also available in 5 gallon pails and 55 gallon drums. These water-based products can be applied by brush, spray, or roller, and have a VOC content of 120 grams per liter. (When primers, sealers, base coats, and other fluid applications are also used, be aware of the VOC contents of those materials as well.) Karnak Corporation; Clark NJ. www.karnakcorp.com; phone 732-388-0300 or toll-free 800-526-4236.

Hobart's Commercial Dishwashers
The C-Line, LXi, and AM Select are low-water-use commercial dishwashers in conveyor, undercounter, and door-type configurations. Using less water also means less energy for water heating. C-Line models feature the Opti-Rinse system’s strong, S-shaped spray pattern that uses as little as 0.39 gallons per rack. The large drops produced by the spray heads provide better heat transfer for sanitary washes. The undercounter LXi and door-type AM Select machines use 0.74 gallons per rack—nearly a gallon lower than the proposed ENERGY STAR low-temperature threshold of 1.7 gallons per rack for undercounter commercial dishwashers. Hobart; Troy, OH; www.hobartcorp.com, phone 937-332-3000 or toll-free 888-446-2278.

Hycrete is a waterborne admixture for concrete that replaces densifiers and waterproof coatings in high-performance applications like commercial foundations, plaza decks, and roofing systems, including living roofs. It reacts with metals in the water and concrete mix—as well as with rebar and other embedded metal reinforcement—to create a compound with a long hydrocarbon chain that fills up the capillaries in the concrete, and which actually repels water. Hycrete has achieved Cradle to Cradle certification from McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) as a “biological nutrient.” It is available by the gallon, tote, or tanker. Hycrete Technologies, LLC; Jersey City NJ. www.hycrete.com; phone 201-386-8110.

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MODI Porous Paving Grid
The modular, reversible MODI Porous Paving Grid from Green Innovations—made with 100 percent recycled HDPE from pre- and post-consumer sources—can be used to create parking, driving, and nonslip walking surfaces on lawns or sand bases, or to create gravel or grass surfaces such as fire lanes. The flexible grid parts, which may be shaped with a saw or grinding disc, were designed to be reused, and can be individually removed to accommodate changing use patterns. The system comes in a dark green color; light grey or light beige are available on request. Green Innovations, Ltd .; Toronto, ON, Canada. www.greeninnovations.ca; phone 416-725-7524 or toll-free 888-725-7524.

TacTiles are 3-inch, self-adhesive squares for “floating floor” commercial carpet tile installations. The tabs, designed for use with products that have InterfaceFLOR’s GlasBac backing, are made with PET—the plastic used for soda bottles. They allow fast, easy installation on top of almost any hard surface by adhering the carpet tiles together underneath each intersecting corner. The adhesive prevents horizontal movement of the carpet tiles, yet allows easy removal of individual tiles or sections as needed. When the flooring is eventually reclaimed, the TacTiles can be recycled along with the carpet. Interface Flooring Systems, Inc.; Atlanta, GA. www.interfaceinc.com; phone 770-437-6800 or toll-free 866-281-3567.

Duette Architella
Architella is a new honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb addition to the Duette line of window shades from Hunter Douglas. The design creates multiple pockets of insulating trapped air, providing improved noise reduction and thermal resistance. The company boasts R-values for these shades of 5.48 (for 3⁄4-inch semi-opaque) up to an impressive 7.73 (for 1- 1⁄4-inch opaque). Hunter Douglas, Broomfield, CO. www.hunterdouglas.com; phone 303-466-1848, or toll-free 800-789-0331.

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