Innovations: March 2009

Earthwise Environmental Inc.'s e solution tower cooling program eliminates hazardous chemical treatments and reduces cooling-tower discharge. The system also provides microbiological and corrosion control. After-use water contains no chemical impurities; it can be collected and reused for irrigation. Piping installation and a small operating footprint allow the system to be installed from a skid-mount platform and easily moved if necessary. (630) 475-3070 / CIRCLE NO. 80;

CF Stinson's Patterned PVC-Free Upholstery Collection includes a built-in silver-based, broad-spectrum antimicrobial system that is non-leaching and will not wash off or abrade over time. It also is free of phthalates, plasticizers, halogenated flame retardants and fluorocarbons. The upholstery comprises 80 percent recycled materials with 100 percent recycled polyester backing. (800) 841-6279 / CIRCLE NO. 81;

Oldcastle Glass Naturalite's Continuous Vault skylight system is offered in a thermalized version that also prevents air and water leakage. The skylight, which is available in several tints, is manufactured with single- or double-glazed acrylic, high-impact acrylic or polycarbonate. The continuous vault system may be configured with vertical ends, hipped ends or open ends. It can be mated with vertical wall abutments. (800) 527-4018 / CIRCLE NO. 82;

Fusion III, the newest addition to Chloride's solid-state lighting family, has a slim ceiling recessed profile. High-output, long-lasting, energy-efficient white LEDs with a reflector allow for optimum light output. The housing is constructed of die-cast aluminum that is available in numerous finishes with a polycarbonate lens. Fusion III is UL damp location listed. (910) 259-1000 / CIRCLE NO. 83;

UnderFloorSox from DuctSox is an air-dispersion system designed to reduce thermal decay and improve temperature consistency within the plenum for underfloor-air-distribution systems in retrofit and new-construction commercial buildings. UnderFloorSox are 12- to 18-inch- (305- to 457-mm-) diameter round fabric air ducts routed through a UFAD plenum. No condensation forms on duct surfaces, and the modular design is reconfigurable. (866) 382-8769 / CIRCLE NO. 84;

EnOcean wireless technology can generate a strong signal from a small amount of energy to power sensor technology for occupancy sensors and lights. From just 50 microwatts, a standard wireless module can transmit a signal of 984 feet (300 m) in a free field. It can coexist with other wireless systems without interference. Intelligent wireless sensor networks ensure data is pre-processed to realize self-powered solutions for intelligent green buildings. (801) 943-3215 / CIRCLE NO. 85;

Eagle Roofing Products' Cool Roof Tile line for commercial and residential applications reflects sunlight and helps prevent heat transfer into a building, resulting in energy savings and less work for air-conditioning units. The roof tiles also help reduce the heat-island effect and are Energy Star and Cool Roof Rating Council rated. (909) 822-6000; CIRCLE NO. 86;

Nora systems Inc. has expanded its nora wall base to 70 standard colors to appeal to designers, architects, contractors and installers. The durable rubber wall base is 4-inches (102-mm) high, 1/8-inches (3-mm) thick and conforms to ASTM F-1861, "Standard Specification for Resilient Wall Base." It is free of lead and toxic heavy metals, contains recycled content and has low-VOC-emission levels. (800) 332-6672 / CIRCLE NO. 87;

SofTrace luminaires from Day-Brite Lighting can create energy savings of about 30 percent through a concealed lamp center panel with 95 percent efficiency. A wide variety of ballast factor options and stepped or continuous dimming are available. The luminaires distribute light uniformly for comfort. (662) 842-7212 / CIRCLE NO. 88;

Amtico International's Tropical Woods luxury resilient flooring offers four patterns-Brazilian rosewood, merbau, tigerwood and caramel bamboo' that mimic rare rainforest species. The flooring is low in VOCs and maintenance. The system features up to five layers, including a slip-resistant top layer, dense wear layer, color layer, 100 percent postindustrial-recycled backing and an optional urethane treatment layer. (800) 268-4260 / CIRCLE NO. 89;

Green Roof Waterproofing System from Dow Hyperlast comprises a primer, elastomeric membrane and robust wear coat to combine performance with installation and usage flexibility. It adheres evenly to surfaces and protects against water leakage, mineral residue leaching, garden chemicals and oil spillages, as well as resists root penetration. Any damage can be repaired without removing the entire membrane. (770) 428-2684 / CIRCLE NO. 90;

O Ecotextiles manufactures fabrics for the commercial and residential design industries. Yarn fibers include bamboo, hemp, abaca, ramie, linen and silk. Seventeen fabric choices and multiple colorways are available and custom designs can be requested. Fabrics are third-party certified to meet stringent global standards, including the Oeko Tex Standard 100 and Global Organic Textile Standard. (206) 633-1177 / CIRCLE NO. 91;

Sloan Valve Co.'s AQUS Greywater System reclaims greywater from bathroom drains and reuses it in toilets. The system funnels water down lavatory sinks and routes it through to a sanitizing device that disinfects and filters the water, which then goes to a storage reservoir under the sink. It is appropriate for hotels, schools, commercial buildings, government structures and multifamily complexes. (800) 982-5839 / CIRCLE NO. 92;

McQuay scroll-compressor Templifier water heaters recover waste heat to make it available for space heating and domestic hot water. Units range from 500 to 3,000 MBH and can heat water up to 160 F (89 C). The hermetic scroll compressors feature low sound levels and use R-134a refrigerant, which has no ozone-depletion potential or phase-out schedule. (800) 432-1342 / CIRCLE NO. 93;

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