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Light Shelves and Sunshades

Light Shelves and Sunshades

Industrial Louvers offers louvers and sunscreens to reduce heat gain, provide sightproofing and sound attenuation, minimize water infiltration, allow ventilation, and channel water away from buildings. The company’s extruded-aluminum, draining, or non-draining blades are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, fixed or adjustable— even a hurricane-approved version to withstand wind loads of up to 150 pounds per square foot. GreenSpec does not recommend the copper blades due to embodied energy and mining impacts, or the perfluoropolymer-based coating option. Everything else looks good. Industrial Louvers, Inc.; Delano, MN.
Phone 763-972-2981; www.industriallouvers.com
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Collagen Interior Paint

Collagen Interior Paint

ECOtrend Collagen is a zero-VOC paint that uses collagen from egg shells discarded from bakeries as its binding agent. Unlike most zero-VOC paints, this paint also uses a zero-VOC colorant (by Degussa), and it’s certified by Greenguard Children and Schools for chemical content. Third-party testing showed that Ecotrend Collagen inherently inhibits bacteria and fungus on painted surfaces. The company claims that the vapor-permeable paint adheres and covers like a premium paint on drywall, plaster, wood, masonry, and metal when used with an interior latex primer. Available in flat, eggshell (go ahead and snicker, it’s OK), and semi-gloss. Eco-trend Corp.; Santa Clarita, CA. Toll-free 888-889-5925; www.naturalinteriorpaint.com
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Enviro-Temp Heat Recovery System

Enviro-Temp Heat Recovery System

The Enviro-Temp heat recovery system from Turbotec recycles waste heat from commercial air conditioning or refrigeration systems to make domestic hot water in applications like restaurants, hotels, and medical facilities. According to the company, the product is well suited for use with air-conditioning systems from 10 to 200 tons, and when matched with refrigeration systems in the 120,000 to 2,400,000 Btu/hour range, the typical return-on-investment is just one to three years. The vented double-wall heat exchangers are UL and CSA listed for safe use with R-410A refrigerant (600 psig); and they can also be installed with solar hot-water heating systems as a booster or supplement. Turbotec Products, Inc.; Windsor, CT. Toll-free 800-394-1633; www.turbotecproducts.com
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Tierra Acoustical Ceiling

Tierra Acoustical Ceiling

Armstrong Ceilings has introduced a suspended acoustical ceiling—Tierra—that features a substrate made with jute, a plant that goes from seed to harvest in a brisk 90 days. With 45-percent rapidly renewable content, this natural fiber ceiling is breaking ground in the ceiling industry. It also contains 23 percent post-consumer recycled content; has no added formaldehyde; has obtained Cradle-to-Cradle Silver certification from MBDC for low human and environmental life-cycle impact; and a Class A fire rating. Plus, the Armstrong Ceiling Recycling Program will take Tierra back at the end of its use cycle. Armstrong World Industries, Inc.; Lancaster, PA.
Toll-free 877-276-7876; www.armstrong.com
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PowerCost Electricity Monitor

PowerCost Electricity Monitor

The PowerCost Monitor is an affordable, real-time, overall-electricity-use meter for residential or small commercial uses. A transmitting device clamps onto any standard electricity meter (they’re generally located outside), and data is sent wirelessly to a receiver indoors. The user can enter electricity rates (single-rate or peak/off-peak), and the unit will display real-time costs. Both the transmitter and receiver are battery-powered. Tens of thousands of utility customers in the U.S. and Canada have received PowerCost Monitors through programs to reduce electricity demand, with measured savings as great as 18 percent in Newfoundland and Labrador. BlueLine Innovations, Inc.; St. John’s, NL, Canada. Phone 709-579-3502, Toll-free 866-607-2583; www.bluelineinnovations.com
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Airforce Hand Dryer

The Airforce is a touch-free, high-speed hand dryer that uses multiple air nozzles to blow and evaporate water off hands in about 12 seconds. These 1,100-watt units push fast-moving air—10,500 linear feet per minute—through eleven small openings with an operating sound level of 83 decibels. An infrared sensor (with a 30-second vandal-resistant shut off) triggers the unit. The compact, 7-pound Airforce hand dryer is just under 11 inches high by 9 inches wide, with a depth of 6.5 inches. It’s available with a chrome finish, or in a white antimicrobial paint. World Dryer also makes the Air Max, a heavier-duty machine for high-use or vandal-prone settings. World Dryer Corporation; Berkeley, IL. Phone 708-449-6950,
Toll-free 800-323-0701; www.worlddryer.com
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