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Products - November 2009

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Fibre C Panels

Fibre C Panels

Lightweight panels, available as thin as a third of an inch and almost as big as 4 x 12 feet, can be used as ventilated cladding or flooring. They are durable, stable, fireproof, water-proof, frost-resistant, food safe, flexible—and concrete. The manufacturer calls it “glassfibre,” an extrusion of sand, cement, and glass fibers—this is fibre C. According to the company, its manufacture has far lower primary energy, global warming potential, and acidification potential than the common materials it replaces. Intriguing. Though it has a 30-year world track record, in the U.S. it’s virtually unknown. Domestic distribution is coming online now. Rieder Smart Elements GmbH; Austria. +43 (0)6542 690 844; www.rieder.com CIRCLE 101

Venmar Commercial HRVs

Venmar Commercial HRVs

Heat-recovery ventilators transfer heat from outgoing ventilation air to the incoming air during heating season; in cooling season, the reverse. Venmar offers a variety of indoor and outdoor HRVs from 300 to 11,500 CFM with three types of ARI-certified flat plate heat exchangers: polypropylene for corrosive applications, aluminum that meets NFPA-90A, and their HM (heat moisture) membrane to provide both sensible and latent recovery—temperature and moisture—for high humidity applications (especially in dry, cool climates). Venmar CES Inc.; Saskatoon, SK, Canada. 306-242-3663, 866-483-6627; www.venmarces.com CIRCLE 102

Pentadyne Flywheel Energy Storage

Pentadyne Flywheel Energy Storage

Imagine a levitating carbon fiber cylinder spinning in a vacuum: It would be virtually friction-free. This is part of the technology Pentadyne uses in its Flywheel Energy Storage system, used primarily with large uninterruptible power supplies in place of hazardous, maintenance-needy, heavy lead-acid batteries for mission-critical electrical loads at commercial, industrial, hospital, and military facilities. The inertia of the flywheel is used to regenerate clean power until the backup generators kick in during an outage or during brief utility disturbances. Their installed systems have surpassed two million hours of operation. Pentadyne Power Corporation; Chatsworth, CA. 818-350-0370; www.pentadyne.com CIRCLE 103

HydroRight Dual-Flush Converter

HydroRight Dual-Flush Converter

Except for a dwindling few cranks, everybody agrees that dual-flush toilets are a good idea. Four-fifths of the time there’s only liquid and paper in the bowl, and you don’t need a tank-full of water to make that go away. The biggest hurdle to upgrading may be popping for a new toilet while the old water-hog is still working. While replacement is still the best option, that excuse no longer works. For less than $30, the HydroRight can turn any existing toilet with a standard flush valve into a dual-flush toilet. Regular people can install one in about ten minutes. MJSI, Inc.; Shorewood, IL. 815-741-9768; www.gomjsi.com CIRCLE 104

Cosentino ECO Countertops

Cosentino ECO Countertops

Eco by Cosentino is a countertop surfacing made with 75 percent post-consumer/post-industrial raw materials—the most recycled content for this type of product on the market, according to the company. Mirrors, glass, porcelain, crystallized ash, stone scrap, and a binder made with 22 percent corn oil resin give the look and performance of quartz composite and natural stone. Stain, scratch, and scorch resistant, non-porous, and certified by Greenguard for low emissions, Eco comes in 63 x 128-inch slabs, and 12-, 18-, and 24-inch square tiles. Available at kitchen and bath distributors and showrooms, and at Lowes. Cosentino North America; Stafford, TX. 281-494-7277, 800-291-1311; www.cosentinonorthamerica.com CIRCLE 105

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JM Spider

JM Spider Custom Insulation

Johns Manville’s Spider Custom Insulation is a formaldehyde-free, spray-applied fiberglass insulation for commercial or residential walls and ceilings. It has a polyester-based binder, and when applied with 10 percent or less moisture content can be covered immediately. At 1.0 or 1.8 pounds per cubic foot densities, R-values are about 3.7 or 4.2 per inch, respectively. According to the company it fills gaps and won’t settle, and can also be formulated for attic and drill-and-fill installations. SCS-certified for 25-percent recycled content (20 percent post-consumer), it also passes California 01350 for low-emissions. A proprietary mold inhibitor is used in this product. Johns Manville Corporation; Denver, CO. 303-978-2000, 800-654-3103; www.jm.com CIRCLE 106

Evergreen IM ECM Replacement Motor

Evergreen IM ECM Replacement Motor

Residential HVAC motors do fail sometimes. Despite the inconvenience, that could actually turn out to be a good thing. Evergreen is an electronically commutated motor (ECM) aftermarket replacement for permanent-split-capacitor (PSC) blower motors in residential HVAC systems. According to the company, the motor uses 25 percent less electricity than a PSC motor, and 74 percent less in constant-fan applications—and can add up to 1 SEER point to an existing system. Available in ½ and 1 horsepower models, Evergreen can run at 115 or 230 volts at between 600 and 1200 RPMs. It’s not for use in furnaces, however. Regal Beloit Corporation; Beloit, WI. 608-364-8800; www.regalbeloit.com CIRCLE 107

Invelope Barrier-Wall System

Invelope Barrier-Wall System

Invelope specifically and thoroughly answers nearly all of the important requirements for quality brick veneer and terra-cotta cladding installations. A one-piece, panelized back-up wall that serves as a moisture and vapor barrier, drainage plane, insulation (polyisocyanurate), and mounting system, it also saves job-site time by doing the work of three trades at once, and minimizes penetrations and thermal bridging. The air-and water-tight, 32-inch wide interlocking panels come in 12- and 20-footlengths, and in either 2-inch (R-14) or 3-inch (R-21) thicknesses. Manufactured by Centria, Invelope is certified Cradle-to-Cradle Silver by MBDC. Invelope; Blue Bell, PA. 215-643-4684; www.buildbetterwalls.com CIRCLE 108

Reznor V3 UEAS Gas Heater

Reznor V3 UEAS Gas Heater

This line of suspended, gas-fired condensing unit heaters for commercial and industrial applications boasts 91 to 93 percent efficiency in a field where 80 percent is considered pretty good. Reznor’s V3 Series Model UEAS line—available from 130,000 to 310,000 Btuh—extracts extra heat that would normally be lost out the exhaust, something no other heater of this type in North America does, according to the company. Net efficiency is also increased through the use of outside combustion air, a feature first introduced to this class of product by Reznor in the ‘60s. Thomas & Betts Corporation; Memphis, TN. 901-252-8000; www.tnb.com CIRCLE 109

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