Building Enclosure
September 24, 2012 - The redesigned Institute for Market Transformation website (IMT, include a new blog, graphics, and a searchable Resource Library to better engage with visitors, supporters and collaborators, it says. "IMT's staff has grown to 19 and is busier than ever, which means that we have more news and resources to share than ever before," it adds. The website also features an infographic on the importance of building codes. IMT
September 4, 2012 - Johns Manville (JM), a Berkshire Hathaway company and global building products manufacturer, has completed the acquisition of Industrial Insulation Group, LLC (IIG), a manufacturer of insulation for industrial, commercial and fireproofing applications.
August 21, 2012 - Pactiv Building Products describes its new GreenGuard extruded polystyrene (XPS) PlyGood R-2 insulative sheathing as a cost effective solution to meeting the increased wall insulation requirements of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). According to Pactiv, the insulate sheathing reduces thermal breaks, raises the overall effective R-value of the wall system and reduces the opportunity for moisture accumulation at moisture sensitive wall components. The R-2 sheathing product is 7/16" thick and available in two sizes— 4’ x 8’ (PG48) and 4’ x 9’ (PG49).  PACTIV
July 31, 2012 - Fluke Corp. has introduced three new thermal imagers, featuring: IR Optiflex focus system; IR-Fusion technology;  one-handed operation; and multi-mode video recording. The TiR110 and TiR125 is best suited for energy audit and building inspection professionals evaluating and reporting insulation problems, air leakage, moisture issues, or construction defects. Meanwhile, the Ti100 is designed for general applications.FLUKE
July 23, 2012 - Icynene, a manufacturer of spray foam insulation, has announced the approval of five new fire rated commercial exterior wall assemblies featuring its LD-C-50 Light Density and MD-C-200 Medium Density spray foam insulation products. Each of the new assemblies offers a combination of Icynene SPF products in both interior cavity fill and exterior continuous, along with options for Polyiso (ISO), Extruded Polystyrene (XPS), and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) rigid insulation boards on the exterior wall side. According to Icynene, the products allow users to maxmize their energy savings options with a complete air barrier system on the interior, exterior, or both sides of the wall assembly.ICYNENE
June 21, 2012 - Building product manufacturer Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is hosting a dedication ceremony tomorrow to commemorate its new commercial roofing single-ply membrane roofing facility in Milan, Ohio, which will manufacture EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) roofing products.
June 1, 2012 - AAMA 502-12 Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Newly Installed Fenestration Products has been published by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). This updated specification establishes the requirements for field test specimens, apparatus, sampling, test procedures and test reports to be used in verifying the air infiltration resistance performance and water penetration resistance performance of newly installed fenestration products. Revisions to AAMA 502-12 also include the addition of the CW class and removal of C and HC classes as performance classes in examples of allowable air leakage rate, which is in keeping with the recently updated AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-11, North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS).AMERICAN ARCHITECTURAL MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION
May 22, 2012 - Ideal Industries has announced an upgraded version of its HeatSeeker handheld thermal imaging camera now with twice the resolution of legacy models and a wider field-of-view to improve troubleshooting efficiency. Engineered with a 320 x 240 2MP sensor that captures 76K pixels, the new HeatSeeker 320 is suitable for applications such as energy audits, data center evaluation, industrial maintenance and electrical safety. Other key features include picture-in-picture imaging, text and voice annotation of images and sequence image recording by time or alarm settings.IDEAL INDUSTRIES
May 22, 2012 - Roxul is now offering its ComfortBoard IS, a R6 rigid mineral wool insulation sheathing board that is non-combustible, water repellent, fire resistant and sound absorbent. Also available is the Roxul basement insulation system which combines 1.5” R6 Roxul ComfortBoard IS and R14 ComfortBatt which achieves an R20, helping to avoid thermal bridging through the stud from the foundation wall. According to the company, the ComfortBatt insulation springs back and expands against frame studs and joists, eliminating gaps and voids that may account for up to 35% of R-value losses.ROXUL
May 9, 2012 - Acuity Brands has announced an exclusive agreement with BlueScope Buildings North America to provide a daylighting solution for standing seam metal roofing systems.
April 17, 2012 - FLIR Systems unveiled the new T420 and T440 thermal imagers, which include new imaging capabilities to help you find and capture problems more easily and with more vivid thermal images. In addition to thermal resolution at 76,800 pixels (320x240), the T440 features MSX Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging, which adds the detail of real-time visible spectrum images captured by the built-in digital camera to thermal spectrum images, providing sharpness, contrast and clarity, boasts FLIR, “previously unavailable in thermal imaging”. Other imaging capabilities include scalable picture-in-picture and thermal fusion for easier image identification and added context. To drive home findings, thermographers can also add voice and text comments to images or sketch circles and arrows right on the touchscreen (T440). The T-series’ ergonomic rotating optical block swivels vertically up to 120º making it easier to properly aim at targets without compromising your view of the 3.5-in. colour touchscreen.
April 10, 2012 - Roofing manufacturer GAF is one of the latest companies to offer consumers the ability to access product information and documents through a smartdevice app. GAF QuickSpecs is available through or and is compatible with Apple, Blackberry, and Android platforms. Here, users can select from Commercial Roofing Systems, Residential Roofing, Other Building Products, Warranties & Technical Documents, or Other Documents. Each selection brings up folders to narrow down the search until the user is shown PDFs relating to the exact search item. GAF
March 19, 2012 - Partners in Project Green has improved its website, promising to engage online audiences with better functionality, enhanced sustainability opportunities and an expanded resource collection. Since its initial launch in 2010, the Partners in Project Green website has served as a virtual space for eco-minded businesses around Toronto Pearson to access sustainability programming and resources. Companies can use the website to identify sustainability solutions and connect to programs or vendors that can help them implement those opportunities. Online resources include searchable databases of sustainability opportunities, incentive programs, green vendors and businesses, and green business tools, that can help companies implement projects to support their sustainability programs.‪ ‬PARTNERS IN PROJECT GREEN
March 5, 2012 - Philips and Ecophon have partnered to create free-hanging acoustic ceiling panels with integrated LED lighting, which they say will absorb sound in open-plan offices. According to the company, the Soundlight Comfort ceiling panel not only provides office compliant and energy-efficient lighting, but has also been designed to reduce ceiling clutter and exhibits a clean and minimalist look that adds to the interior design of the space. The solution is particularly designed for new buildings equipped with Thermally Activated Building Systems (TABS), which work through the ‘concrete core of the building’ (exposed ceilings) to help retain heat and cool the building. PHILIPSECOPHON
From healing and care delivered to thousands of patients over the lifetime of a hospital facility, to the protection of terabytes of sensitive data in a “server farm” data centre, buildings are the unsung heroes in our work. Over the years, these “silent partners” suffer deterioration from aging, causing the building envelope to falter or fail. In some cases, this is readily apparent; for example, when daylight peeks through seismic joints at a pedestrian bridge or when mould from water intrusion becomes an air quality concern. From a budget perspective, energy costs creep upward as HVAC systems work harder to keep up with heating and cooling that escapes the building.

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