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Insulation- the Green Way

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Prevost Construction is a proud customer of a great construction magazine,  Qualified Remodeler. This is where we get a lot of tricks of the trade, especially in the Go Green department.
Below, find a great article that identifies the popular types of go green insulation. To view the homepage and to see a complete version of this article, please click on the following link: www.qualifiedremodeler.com 
Green Product Spotlight: Insulation

Johns Manville’s formaldehyde-free fiberglass building insulation offers superior thermal and acoustical performance while improving indoor air quality. Products from Johns Manville’s complete line of formaldehyde-free fiberglass building insulation have qualified for SCS Indoor Advantage Gold + Formaldehyde Free certification from Scientific Certification Systems.
Johns Manville. Type #41 E-Inquiry Form.

fiberAmerica’s Green Seal cellulose fiber insulation product line includes offerings with all Class 1, Type A building materials that are best fit for attic, sidewall and ceiling applications. Made from recycled newspaper, these products are treated with non-toxic, naturally occurring fire retardant minerals and allow moisture to dissipate through the material, thereby preventing mold.
fiberAmerica. Type #42 E-Inquiry Form.

GreenFiber natural fiber blow-in insulation is made from 85 percent recycled-paper fiber specially treated for flame resistance. This natural fiber insulation provides outstanding resistance to heat flow for thermal applications and noise suppression for acoustical treatments.
GreenFiber. Type #43 E-Inquiry Form.

SAFETOUCH Fiberglass-Free Insulation, a product from Dow Building Solutions, is environmentally friendly and incorporates technological developments to promote an indoor environment that is comfortable, healthy and energy-efficient. SAFETOUCH insulation is manufactured from polyester fiber, a percentage of which is derived from post-consumer recycled materials. The product is safe to touch and easy to install.
Dow Building Solutions. Type #44 E-Inquiry Form.

UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation, manufactured by Bonded Logic Inc., is comprised of post-consumer recycled cotton fibers sourced from denim. The UltraTouch line of batt insulation offers R-8 to R-30 thermal values. UltraTouch contains no chemical irritants or formaldehyde.
Bonded Logic Inc. Type #45 E-Inquiry Form.

Sustainable Insulation from CertainTeed is a new fiberglass insulation product meeting the strictest California indoor air quality requirements. The product, which has a low-impact manufacturing process, incorporates recycled materials and a bio-based organic binder. It contains no phenol formaldehyde, harsh acrylics or dyes.
CertainTeed Corp. Type #46 E-Inquiry Form.

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Leaf Guard, Lead Paint & The Striker

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Qualified Remodeler released Top 100 Product Choices* and among the list of awesome products, we picked out a few to mention for our followers:

* To view the complete list of Qualified Remodeler’s list of top 100 products, click on this link. To view the products listed in this specific blog post, click on the link next to the product number.

#23: Flo-Free Leaf Guard:

DCI Products designed a Lead Guard to prevent clogged gutters. The black nylon is 3/4-inch-thick and fits inside any gutter size as well as in seamless gutters. This guard prevents leaves, pine needles, snow, twigs and other debris from clogging.

 

 

 

#39: D-Lead Paint Test Kit

   Esca Tech developed a D-Lead Paint Test Kit to detect the presence of lead on serfuraces. It detects lead in surface coating at a level of 1.0mg/cm2 in only 3 to 13 minutes. This kit can be used on drywall, plaster, wood and some metal surfaces.

 

#80: The Striker

The Striker was developed by Simmons Tool Company and used to stake driving tools. The Striker increases work efficiency by using a larger strike surface and adding the stability of a shock-absorbing handle, eliminates injury and protects your stakes from damage. Four models are available in this product.

 

 

 

 

 

Water, Water, Everywhere

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Peter Yost created a blog on water efficiency which you can find here.

I came across this article and knew I had to post. Recently, this blog has been focusing a lot of going green through saving energy. Now, we should move on focus on ways of going green through our water habits. Below is an article by Peter Yost that I know everyone should not only read, but follow:

Water: The Backseat Driver

When we talk about the environment and environmentally responsible building, it’s almost always energy that takes the spotlight, with water pretty far down the list. But it’s not hard to see just how much of a back seat driver water can be:

We don’t have any substitutes for clean water and we use a ton of it every day.Actually, more like a ton and a half; the typical US household uses 400 gallons of water a day and that’s about 3200 pounds! (Source: EPA WaterSense)
• Even in areas of the country with long histories of more than 40 inches of precipitation a year, we can be just a few short years away from not enough water to support our needs. Atlanta averages more than 50 inches of rain a year but it was just a few short years ago that Atlanta was experiencing a severe prolonged drought. (Source: US Drought Monitor)
In many areas of our country, the connections between water and energy are deep—in the state of California, more than one-sixth of all energy consumed is related to meeting water demands. Nationwide, about 80% of municipal water processing costs are for electricity. (Source: Center for Sustainable Systems)

And water is essential to more than just environmental quality; it is increasingly becoming a driver economically as well:

Water and sewer infrastructure costs: EPA reports that updating our water and sewer infrastructure could cost nearly $500 billion over the next 20 years. (Source: EPA)
Impact fees: In 2009, the impact fees for a water hook-up alone (not including sewer) averaged $3,582 in Florida; $5,792 in Virginia; $6,879 in Colorado. And forget about beautiful Oro Valley in Arizona—hook-up fees for new homes there are a whopping $27,381 per lot. (Source: National Impact Fee Survey: 2009)
Water rates: In general, we have pretty low water rates, but that’s not true across-the-board. Typical monthly water bills for both Seattle and Atlanta are well over $70, and in Santa Fe are over $120. (Source: The Price of Water: A Comparison of Water Rates, Usage in 30 US Cities)

After reading this, how can we help in reducing the amount of water we use on a daily basis?

  • Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower your water and heating bills too.
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap
  • Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful
  • Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants.
  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month
  • Washing dark clothes in cold water saves both on water and energy while it helps your clothes to keep their colors.
  • When you are washing your hands, don’t let the water run while you lather

4 Ways to Improve Window Energy Efficiency

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To improve performance of existing windows, consider storm windows, window films, and exterior roller shades before buying replacement windows.

Below are four ways to help improve window energy efficiency:

1. Replacement windows–  full window replacement, insert windows (the old sashes come out and a whole new window inserts into your old window frame), and sash replacement (primarily for double-hung windows, this option requires jamb liners into which new sashes are installed).

2. Low-e storm windows- airtight storm windows with low-e coatings can rival the performance of just about any window replacement.  And now you can buy low-e storms with high solar heat gain for colder climates and low solar heat gain for warmer ones.

3. Window films can be temporary or permanent– There are two primary types of window films: more permanent, surface-applied films and the stretch-plastic that you install temporarily to interior window trim.

4. Exterior roller shades keep the sun out– If keeping the heat out is your main concern, the most effective window treatment options are exterior; you keep the sun out before it gets in

For more information or a link to this article by Peter Yost, please click on the link: www.GreenBuildingAdvisor.com

 

 

 

Truck Accessories

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Three new accessories for your pick up truck below:

1. A.R.E Deluxe Commercial Units are made of welded aluminum frames. They are available in over 2 hundred options, with a variety of door and window configurations, toolboxes, ladder racks, interior liners and made in four height configurations.  www.4are.com

2. Daws Better Built HD truck box includes storage trays, interchangeable dividers, and 90 degree lid opening and offset lid. A power portable access point is available to run electricity into the box!  www.dawesbetterbuilt.com3. For remodeling contractors, Masterack developed a Racks and Bins system that includes plenty of drawers and cabinet storage. The system transforms a van into a workshop on wheels. Ladder racks, safety equipment and accessories can be added. www.masterack.com

 

For more truck accessories, clock on the Qualfied Remodeler article at www.qualifiedremodeler.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Towel Warmers

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Wish for a hot towel every time you step out of the shower? Check out Mr.Steam products that offer a great look to your bathroom that will also warm your towel.  Mr.steam Towel Warmers feature a variety of wall, floor and pivoting designs.

Each electric heated towel warmer has a stainless steel heater for controlled, quiet heat. Hot water heated towel warmers are  available for operation hot water systems.

To find your perfect towel warmer, visit www.mrsteam.com

Go green, the easy way!

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John Wagner recently published an article in Qualified Remodeler providing readers with easy steps in going green!

  1. Use no- or low-VOC paints, finishes, sealants, caulks and adhesives.
  2. Use lumber products that are formaldehyde-free or contain no added formaldehyde. F
  3. You can increase efficiency of forcedair-heated homes by up to 15 percent by sealing duct seams.
  4. Use spray polyurethane foams that are isocyanate- and formaldehydefree.
  5. Light-colored roofs drive down cooling costs.
  6. Use certified lumber.
  7. New carpets do not have to offgas toxins.
  8. Plastic decking and trim should have recycled attributes. 
  9. Don’t scrimp on the thermal envelope.
  10. Focus on sound building practices. Green building is about using greener versions of traditional building products.
For a full version of the article, visit by clicking on this link: www.qualifiedremodeler.com