Special Report: Seen from the Greenbuild Show Floor
- Nov 17, 2010
Chicago–Hundreds of exhibitors at the 2010 Greenbuild International Conference & Exposition are showcasing new eco-friendly products here in Chicago. The following is a selection of just some of these products. Check back frequently for more coverage of the show.
• Boral Roofing launched SMOG-EATING Tile, a line of roof tiles that speeds up oxidation to reduce pollution and contaminants to the environment. It incorporates titanium dioxide to break down nitrogen oxide molecules and contains a catalyst embedded in the upper part of the tile body that, when exposed to sunlight, speeds up the oxidization process, resulting in reduced pollution. The photo catalytic properties in tile destroy organic substances that come into contact with the tile, which are rinsed off with rain.
• D’MARD CIRC recirculation pump controllers is being featured at Enovative Kontrol Systems’ booth. The pump operates on an as-needed basis, minimizing radiant heat loss and pump runtimes, enhancing the efficiency of water heating systems for buildings and lowering natural gas consumption and heating costs by up to 30 percent. The installation of D’MAND CIRC can also assist in a building’s LEED certification.
• NanaWall Systems recently launched NanaGlass SL25, a frameless opening glass wall system installed on the exterior of balconies and patios and under second-story decks. The system has no vertical stiles, providing uninterrupted views and natural light while forming an insulating air pocket over the building facade. The NanaGlass SL25 can significantly improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. The glass panels are engineered to withstand wind loads up to 80 stories in 90 mile-per-hour wind zones.
• YKK AP recently became the first commercial building products manufacturer to launch an iPad application, to assist with selection of energy-efficient facades. The free app, Architectural Product Master, being demonstrated at Greenbuild, also introduces a thermal performance calculator, enabling building professionals to calculate the energy saving performance metrics of YKK AP products. If a professional is unsure of which product and glass package to specify in order to meet the thermal performance needs of the building envelope, he can enter the desired energy performance criteria and the program will recommend the framing system and glass package to specify.
• DuPont Building Innovations introduced DuPont Tyvek Fluid Applied WB System to Greenbuild attendees. The system boasts the highest vapor permeability among the competition and, combining low shrinkage with high elongation and elastic recovery allows the system to stretch and move with the building. DuPont Tyvek Fluid Applied WB System seals building envelopes, enhancing energy efficiency and providing protection from water accumulation. The product is currently available in Wash., Ore., Ariz. and Texas, as well as parts of Calif., Nev., N.M., Okla., Ark., Tenn., Ky. and Miss. It will be available nationwide in the first half of 2011.
• Cambridge Architectural revealed the latest details and imagery of its 2610 Fin system, the first in a series of pre-packaged products that make up the Solucent “Whole Building Shading System.” Each of the four products in Cambridge’s second generation of Solucent is positioned on a building exterior in a different manner. Fins lie perpendicular to a building façade, providing a moderate amount of energy savings. Solucent reduces solar heat gain by shading the sun, and the wide array of opacities and weaves that mesh offers makes it a versatile daylighting material. Mesh can allow almost any amount of light through and is readily recyclable and manufactured from recycled materials.
• Aquatherm Greenpipe polypropylene-random (PP-R) pressure pipe has been approved for use in concealed residential and light commercial applications. The high-grade plastic, normally found in laboratory acid waste drains and hospital deionized water systems, does not rust, corrode or scale in the water; does not contain glues, cements, sealants; is not chemically sensitive; is certified for potable water and contains no toxic chemicals.