HERMETIC™ Industrial Floor Coatings offer a variety of high performance flooring options for facility managers, property owners and specifiers looking for a ultra durable, easy to maintain, seamless flooring system. In fact, the choices are often so many that it becomes difficult to choose. In many cases, the right choice will be dependent upon the unique situation of the facility and what performance characteristics are required in a floor.
Industrial floor coatings are often chosen for aesthetic or financial reasons. They are a great value for medium to high impact areas where heavy traffic is expected. HERMETIC™ (epoxy resin based) Industrial Floor Coatings are available in almost any color and can be applied in thicknesses between 1/16″ to 1/2″ or more. They can easily improve the aesthetics and harden the surface of existing concrete substrate. Epoxies create a seamless, waterproof barrier, which provides a well-protected surface but demands a low-moisture substrate on which to be applied. Because an expertly installed epoxy floor provides this wall-to-wall seamless surface, it is very popular in the pharmaceutical and chemical processing industries. When chemicals cannot contaminate the concrete substrate, you are assured uncontaminated products down the line and easy clean-ups in the meantime.
HERMETIC™ (urethane based) Industrial Floor Coatings are similar to epoxies in terms of installation and function; they are installed over a concrete substrate, filling in the cracks and achieving a smooth, seamless surface. Urethane, however, is a better choice for areas that are likely to receive thermal shock, high-impact, increased abrasion or chemical exposure. Urethane is an extremely durable product that is likely to meet or exceed the physical needs of any facility. Urethanes also have aesthetic appeal similar to epoxies. The material can reflect light to a degree that influences your utility costs and improves worker productivity. For all of these reasons, urethane is a popular choice for commercial kitchens and food processing facilities.
Product: HERMETIC™ Industrial Flooring
Your building is complete and ready for occupancy. The walls are clean and free of dents. To ensure the interior remains an attractive environment for customers and clients make sure your walls and corners are protected.
Corner Guards are designed to protect corners of walls from the impact of people, carts and equipment. Architectural grade corner guards generally consist of a retainer, aluminum or vinyl, which is attached to the wall. They may be divided into two main categories as follows:
- Surface Mounted. These are added to the surface of the corner, usually after the drywall is completely finished and painted.Stainless steel corner guards offer a high level of protection to your corners and provide a sleek appearance. They are commonly available in either Type 304 or Type 430 with a satin brush finish or an embossed texture finish. These are applied directly to the wall using either construction adhesive or mechanically fastened. Stainless steel corner guards are configured to the designer’s requirements and are a durable solution for directly adhering to the wall.
Vinyl surface mount corner guards use a vinyl cover snapped over a retainer. Installation caps are applied to lock the profile in place and provide a finished look while keeping dust and debris from getting between the cover and retainer. The most frequently specified vinyl surface mount corner guards are the 2- and 3-inch with a square 90° radius. Coordinating 3-inch, 135° radius options are generally available as well.
A lower cost extruded vinyl corner guard is also an option. This corner guard is attached directly to the wall surface without the use of a retainer. It is an economical yet durable solution suitable for lower abuse areas.
- Recess Mounted. The retainers for flush mounted corner guards penetrate the wall and are installed when the drywall is installed. This limits their application to new construction or major renovations.Recess mounted corner guards share the same standard 2- and 3-inch wing dimensions as the vinyl surface mount corner guard. They include an aluminum base for cove base mounting and are typically available in either a square 90° radius or with a 135° radius. Since recess mounted corner guards penetrate the wall, if the wall is required to be fire-rated, a fire-rated corner guard is also required.
Matching or adding color to your interior is achieved with a broad range of available colors. Often times manufacturers can color match for very specific design requirements.
Nystrom understands the importance of maintaining an attractive interior. We have designed a complete line of metal and vinyl wall protection systems including corner guards, handrails, crash rails, and bumper guards to help keep that new, fresh interior. Contact Nystrom for assistance in creating and maintaining your interior investment. For more information, please visit www.nystrom.com.
Product: Wall + Door Protection
Figuring out the right shower pan to use can be a pain. Do you get a traditional shower base with a 4 to 5” step over curb? Would a low-profile curb (which is 1 ½” tall) be the ticket or would it allow water to spill out onto the bathroom floor? Could you ditch the shower curb entirely and choose a ramped entry or one level wet room?
I’ve talked to thousands of homeowners over the last 20 years (wow – has it been that long?) about shower pan options, and I’ll tell you the case for blowing up the shower curb (having no threshold at all) has never been stronger! In this article I’m determined to lay out 5 compelling reasons you should seriously consider going with a curbless shower for your next bathroom remodeling project. Let me know at the end of the article whether you agree with these reasons or whether I’m all wet (OK – that’s a bad attempt at bathroom humor).
Compelling reason #1 to ditch the shower curb.
You’re getting older.
Duh, you’re probably saying…. aren’t we all getting older? Yes, that is true. I would add the good news is we are living longer, but the bad news is (somedays) we’re living longer. The aches and pains in the morning do stack up as those gray hairs (if you’re lucky enough to get them without becoming “bulbed” as my daughter used to call bald people when she was young) start to mount. While growing older is a blessing, on some days it can also feel like a curse. I know I’ve asked myself why my body has “wear” parts? Why can’t I look as lean as my 18 and 22-year-old sons who don’t have to watch what they eat (but I digress).
When we age, the unfortunate fact is our mobility goes the wrong direction. Stepping over a shower curb can be a dangerous thing. It is the cause of many expensive and challenging hospital stays. When you have a one level shower entry there is no curb to trip over. These zero clearance shower base designs are growing rapidly in the remodeling market -even though few new home builders (even construction companies who build in 55+ lifestyle communities) incorporate them in new home designs. If you want to stay safe the one level designs are increasingly important as you age.
Compelling reason #2 to ditch the shower curb.
You’ll save space.
For most people this tips doesn’t seem logical but if you’ve ever visited Europe or Asia and stayed in a hotel room (or a friend or relatives house) you’ll see lots of examples of one level bathrooms with open showers in small spaces. The reason curbless showers save space is they break down the barriers of the traditional “shower enclosure” where the space is defined by the shower pan and glass enclosure. With a waterproof curbless shower the shower and the bathroom are one continuous space. If you’ve got a small bathroom (possibly in an apartment, loft, tiny home, or micro-home) this can be a space-efficient way to get ‘er done (as Larry the Cable guy) would say.
Compelling reason #3 to ditch the shower curb.
You’ll show your cool, sleek and minimalist good taste.
Design trends have changed a ton from the super-sized mega-mansions of the 1990’s with expansive soaking tubs and ornate tile designs. What’s hot today is a contemporary, clean, sleek and minimalist bathroom. These spaces use large format tiles (or sleek grout free shower panels) and often have wall mounted cabinetry and open and airy designs. Curbless showers are a perfect contemporary fit with this design trend.
Compelling reason #4 to ditch the shower curb.
It’s never been easier to create a one level bathroom.
In the old days making a one level bathroom was a pain in the butt. Most contractors would scratch their heads trying to figure out what to do. In most cases, they would “drop the floor” of the bathroom. What this meant was cutting your subfloor, then cutting your joists and reframing the area so they could pour concrete into the new “hole” which they would level by hand (imagine how much you’re going to like have concrete poured inside your bathroom – it’s not like you’re doing a driveway and the concrete truck is going to have the material come down the chute!). This process is not only laborious and time-consuming to build– it’s not a great system because it can compromise the structural integrity of your home.
Thank goodness there are new simple options. Today you can get a wet room kit. With these kits, you (or your contractor) cut the subfloor and install a product called a “shower base former” directly on your existing joists (no cutting of the joists and messing up the integrity of your framing anymore – see the in process image below).
Once the base former is in and plumbing hooked up, cement board will be brought to the height of the base former. Finally, the bathroom floor will be waterproofed and tile installed on the finished surface. When the entire shower is done, it will look like the image above– cool, sleek, waterproof and safe!
Compelling reason #5 to ditch the shower curb.
You’ll have more flexibility.
I wish I could tell you getting rid of your shower with a threshold would give you more flexibility to climb stairs or jump as high as your cat (isn’t it amazing how high they can jump?). You’ll just have to enroll with your spouse in a few yoga classes (OK maybe more than a few) to make this happen. Where I do think one level wet room can help your flexibility is you will no longer have to have your space be “defined” by the shower pan and glass enclosure. So, if you decide you want to change out the glass enclosure to make the shower bigger, smaller or change its shape you can do it. How cool is that?
The reality is the times are ‘a changing.’ Construction methods are ‘a changing’ and your thoughts about bathroom remodeling (and what type of shower base to use) should be ‘a changing’ with them. If you’re dealing with an old (or young) stuck-in-the-mud contractor using outdated installation methods, don’t put up with it anymore (I’m guessing you’re not using the same computer, you used 20 years ago. Your contractor shouldn’t be using the same approach to creating one level showers they did 20 years ago.
If you’re having a tough time making this project a reality call us at the number below or add your questions or comments to this post. We are looking forward to helping you! One level bathrooms aren’t as difficult as some contractors make them out to be.
What questions or comments do you have about trims and borders for DIY shower and tub wall panels? Comment or call the numbers below for more information.
If you’re looking for more information or an estimate on remodeling a shower or nationwide material supply for the various wall panels and shower bases mentioned above call The Bath Doctor in Cleveland (216-531-6085), Columbus (614-252-7294) or for nationwide supply Innovate Building Solutions (877-668-5888).
Company: Innovate Building Solutions
Of: Mike Foti
A good drawer slide means the difference of years of headaches versus years of convenience. Unless you have a lifetime’s supply of aspirin, you want the latter. But what goes into a good drawer slide and how do you figure the right one for your need?
Here’s a brief guide to help you understand the basics of a drawer slide and how to choose the right one for your application.
Accuride manufactures ball bearing slides. These slides feature lubricated bearings that move drawers and the like in a linear direction, allowing smooth opening and closing action. The bearings, secured within metal ball retainers, fit between the members.
A simple drawer slide has two members: a drawer (inner) member that attaches to the side of a drawer box, and a cabinet (outer) member that attaches to the cabinet’s inner wall surface, within the drawer opening. Only one of the slide members (drawer) moves when opening a drawer.
A more complex slide structure will include three members, with an intermediate member located between the cabinet and drawer members. Only the drawer and intermediate members move; while the cabinet member remains fixed to its location within the cabinet structure.
Additionally, slides can come in two arrangements: side mount and undermount. Most Accuride drawer slides are side mount, meaning they’re mounted on the side of the drawer and within the cabinet structure. A undermount slide, such as the 3135EC Eclipse, mounts in a position that allows a specially designed drawer to sit on top of the suspension, unlike a side mount slide. An undermount slide is often used where it’s desirable to conceal the drawer slide components from view.
Ball bearing drawer slides are also known as rails, runners, and sliders, but they are not the same as glides. A glide uses thin rails on both mounting surfaces, and include plastic wheels on the drawer side allowing movement. Glides are often found on discount furniture; while inexpensive, their movement is much less smooth and the rails are prone to misalignment.
Lengths and Extensions
Accuride slides come in many lengths, from as little as 6 in. to as long as 60 in. Length refers to the total length of the slide assembly, when collapsed in the closed position.
How far a slide extends or moves, is called extension or travel. A simple slide that uses just two members, an inner and an outer, generally provides ¾ (or partial) travel. That means the moving drawer member travels at ¾, or 75%, of the slide’s length. The Accuride 2132 is an example of a ¾-travel slide, where an 18-in. slide has approximately 13 in. of travel. These types of slides are common in residential uses, such as in kitchen cabinetry, or in office furniture, where direct full access to the drawer’s contents is not desired.
Three-member slides have two moving components, the drawer and intermediate members. In combination, these members tend to extend either the full (100%) length of the drawer slide assembly or even beyond that. Those that exceed the length are called “over-travel” slides because they travel over 100% of the length of the drawer slide assembly. Full-extension slides, such as the Accuride 3832E Classic, are useful if you need easy access to contents, as with kitchen utensil drawers, and point of sale trays. Over-travel slides, such as the Accuride 3834E, which has 1 in. of over-travel, are ideal when additional drawer access is needed, requiring the drawer to be opened beyond the front face of the cabinet.
There are also two-way travel slides, such as the Accuride 0363, which can extend the full-length, of the slide, in either direction. These are useful for kitchen islands or entertainment bars, where direct access is needed on either side of the unit.
With that said, let’s look at some factors that can help you choose the right slide for your application.
Determine how much weight your application is likely to see when in use. Accuride slides’ load capacities fall into three ranges: light-, medium-, and heavy-duty. A light-duty slide, such as the Accuride 2132, handles loads up to 75 lbs. Light-duty applications often include kitchen and office drawers. A medium-duty slide, such as the Accuride 3832E Classic, handles loads up to 100 lbs., while an Accuride 4032 is a rated up to 150 lbs. Medium-duty applications include larger kitchen drawers and office furniture. Load capacities for some of Accuride’s heavy-duty drawer slides can reach up to 1,300 lbs. The Accuride 9301E is an example of a heavy-duty slide, which has a load rating of up to 600 lbs. Heavy-duty applications include pull-out trays on emergency or recreational vehicles, ATM machines, and utility/service trucks.
Disconnect versus Non-Disconnect*
Decide if you want your drawer to be removable from the cabinet structure. If so, choose a slide with a disconnect feature that lets you separate the drawer member from the cabinet, or intermediate member, allowing the removal of the drawer (to clean for example). There are slides with rail disconnect features (such as the Accuride 4032), which allow rails that are attached to the sides of drawers, to be released and lifted off the corresponding drawer members.
A disconnect feature is useful for furniture manufacturers with multiple assembly lines. One line may assemble hardware to drawers, while another may assemble hardware to cabinets. With a disconnect slide, manufacturers can simply mount the separate members in the assembly phases and then join them together in the final stage. Connecting a drawer member with a cabinet member can be as simple as align, engage and push closed.
Usually, you want to avoid a disconnect option with heavy-duty applications, such as those utilizing an Accuride 9301E. With most heavy-duty applications, it’s impractical (and a safety concern) to remove a fully loaded drawer. Regardless of whether you use a disconnect feature with light- or medium-duty slide, consider whether you can safely handle the drawer and its contents before disconnecting the members.
* Read more about Accuride disconnect features from our first installment of Slideology:101 – The Art of Disconnect
Locks & Detents
Do you want your drawer to be secured in position? In that case, you may want your slide to include a detent or a locking feature. There are two types of drawer slide detents: detent-in and detent-out.
A detent-in slide has an engagement feature formed on the drawer member and a rubber-like molding secured at the rear of the cabinet member. These two features cooperate to frictionally hold a closed drawer in that position, preventing the drawer from drifting open. You can overcome the detent with a pull on the drawer when opening.
A detent-out slide includes cooperating components that holds the slide in the fully extended position, until you are ready to retract the drawer or a working platform, such as a keyboard tray. Deactivating a detent-out slide requires a simple “bump” of the extended unit to release the engagement features before pushing it back inside the cabinet.
There are two types of drawer slide locking features: lock-in or lock-out. Both features include a latching mechanism that secures a drawer open or closed. You can disengage, or unlock, the drawer by pressing a latch or lever (depends on the model). Some slides are just lock-out equipped, while a slide such as the Accuride 9308E has both features, ideal for mobile applications such as emergency vehicles.
Additionally, slides can come with features that make opening or closing a drawer more convenient. These include:
- Touch Release
An Easy-Close slide includes a closing device, equipped with a damping cylinder, and cooperating springs that engages with the drawer member and assists the final inches of the drawer closing action. Easy-Close (sometimes-called Soft-Close) slides provide assurance that the drawer will close quietly and smoothly every time.
A Self-Close slide, also includes a closing device, with springs, but does not include a damping cylinder. The engagement of the drawer member is similar, and once engaged with the device, the drawer quickly closes at the last inches of closing distance. Self-close slides are noisier than Easy-Close slides, and sometimes are used as “stay-closed” devices for mobile cart applications.
A Touch Release slide allows opening of the drawer, without the need for a drawer pull. Activation of a Touch Release slide like the Accuride 3832ETR, is accomplished by simply pressing against the drawer front, which releases a spring activated device to “spring” the drawer out of the cabinet approximately 2 in. Closing is just a matter of pushing the drawer closed completely, which resets the device for the next opening activity.
Choice of Finish
Accuride slides come in three coated finishes placed over carbon steel slide members: zinc, black electroplate, or white electro-coat. Some slides utilize stainless steel or aluminum material as needed for specific applications. Zinc is most common plating finish for Accuride; it features an environmentally friendly base layer of zinc, with either a clear or a black chromate coating over the top. A clear zinc coating (the most common coating used by Accuride) resists moderate levels of corrosion, typically for slides used in non-corrosive environments, like office furniture. Electro-white (a paint) or black chromate-coated slides offer greater corrosion resistance that is eight-times that of clear zinc. Stainless steel and aluminum material slides offer even greater corrosion-resistant but are available only on select models.
This brief guide should shed some more light on what makes an Accuride slide and how it can best serve your needs. You can browse our vast selection of movement solutions at www.accuride.com.
Company: Accuride International
Historic House Restored To Former Glory
This stately fieldstone mansion, built in the mid-1800’s, was a vacation home to famous Presidents and Authors. Artisans at Advanced Arch Grilles, working alongside our architect and contractor partners, assisted in the renovation that helped restore its rooms and pay homage to its historical and cultural significance.
Custom fabricated bronze perforated grilles blended nicely with the rich mahogany woodwork that has stood for over 100 years.
Nystrom introduces a 1 inch Pan Architectural Floor Door as part of the non-drainable Floor Door product line. The new floor door cover is designed to accept a variety of infill, including terrazzo, tile, concrete or wood panels. The narrow-reveal design allows for seamless integration into the surrounding floor.
- The aluminum access door is fully gasketed to prevent both water and odor penetration.
- The concealed hinge design allows for a 1/8 inch reveal.
- Designed for pedestrian traffic with a 300psf load.
- Gas spring with integral hold open with quick release
- Can be installed as cast-in or bolt-in for new construction or renovation.
- Available with a single door configuration with sizes up to 36 inches by 36 inches.
For more information or to request a quote, please visit www.Nystrom.com or call 1.800.547.2635.
Product: Floor Doors
Architects turn to Total Security Solutions for project support
Even if you’ve worked with bullet-resistant components before, it can be difficult to know how to manage that part of your project. Our bullet resistant experts can help with assessment, design and installation of a complete bulletproof barrier system, or individual bullet-resistant features and accessories. We’ve done thousands of projects across dozens of industries throughout the country, and our turnaround time is the fastest in the industry. Our work will fit in seamlessly with your design because we do our own field measurements and hand-craft our materials at our in-house manufacturing facility.
Strict proven process
Our bulletproof experts follow a strict proven process so that no detail is overlooked. We’ll help you select the right glazing, accessories and materials for your project and deliver and install your barrier and components in half the time of our competition.
Industry experts add value.
As a trusted leader in the bulletproof industry with 12,000+ installations to date, we bring more to the table than just our bulletproof products. We bring experience that will help you make better decisions, and avoid commonly-made mistakes. If your project includes bulletproof features, you’re going to need a partner you can rely on whose work speaks for itself.
Resources just for architects
Our Architect Resource Center has videos, CAD drawings, specs and data sheets for every possible bulletproof item you could need. From frames to counters, doors to windows, fiberglass and beyond — get the details and information necessary to plan a successful project.
Full line of bullet-resistant products
We design and manufacture every single bulletproof product we install. TSS offers a variety of ballistic windows, doors, drawers, trays, and 8 levels of UL-rated bulletproof glass. We have everything you need right here.
Company: Total Security Solutions Inc
Product: Bullet Resistant Barriers
Seamless decorative quartz floors can be used anywhere that durable, attractive flooring is required. Research labs, manufacturing plants, bathrooms, locker rooms, kitchens, restaurants, healthcare facilities, showrooms, garages, warehouses and schools are just a few uses for decorative quartz flooring.
The installation of a decorative quartz floor involves the application of a resin body coat over a surface (usually a primed concrete substrate) and broadcasting (or troweling) colored quartz granules to achieve a seamless high performance floor. The body coat may be applied in one layer (single broadcast) or applied in two layers (double broadcast) to provide a thicker, stronger floor.
In the interest of versatility, manufacturers provide a few different options of resin body coats to choose from. The three most commonly used resin body coats are Epoxy, Urethane Concrete (also called Cementitious Urethane) and Methyl Methacrylate (MMA).
Contractors, do-it-yourselfers or anyone else who wants to install a decorative quartz floor may have questions about which type of resin-based quartz flooring to purchase. If this is you, keep reading. Below we explain the advantages of each of the three most popular resin body coat choices for seamless quart flooring.
1. Epoxy Based Quartz Flooring
The biggest advantage of using an Epoxy resin based quartz flooring system is cost. Epoxy resin is less expensive than its urethane and Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) resin counterparts. Epoxy resin flooring provides a super-strong and durable surface that is impact, moisture and abrasion resistant. It can be made chemically resistant with the use of a polyaspartic topcoat. Watch this video to see the installation of an epoxy based double broadcast quartz system.
If your deadline is tight or you have moisture issues with the substrate, one of the other options below may better suit your needs.
2. Urethane Concrete Based Quartz Flooring
If you suspect your project’s concrete substrate has a moisture vapor emission problem, or may develop one, then choose a Urethane concrete based quartz flooring system. In addition to the strength and durability of epoxy flooring, Urethane concrete will not bubble or crack on high-moisture substrates. Old, new, on grade, or suspended slab—just about any concrete substrate can be beautified with a Urethane based floor. When applied at a thickness of 1/4" or greater, it is generally accepted that Urethane Concrete systems are unaffected by substrate moisture. It is important to follow the installation instructions exactly to ensure a trouble-free floor for years to come.
3. MMA Based Quartz Flooring
WMethyl Methacrylate (MMA) resin based decorative quartz systems. Since MMA resins cure at extremely low temperatures, they are excellent for use in freezers and cold storage areas. MMA resin based decorative quartz floors are also suitable for exterior surfaces like pool decks, driveways and walkways. One limitation of MMA is that it cannot be installed in occupied buildings due to its strong odor.
Duraamen Industrial and Polished Concrete Flooring Products are designed to provide labor saving and long lasting flooring solutions. Talk to an expert about your flooring challenges call +1 973-230-1301 or email us.
Company: Duraamen Engineered Products Inc.
Accuride Drawer Slides Maximizing Space
Micro living has been gaining a mainstream following throughout North America lately. Though it’s been the European norm for ages, many North Americans are making the choice to sacrifice the comfort of a large living space. Whatever the reason, micro living or living in small spaces doesn’t mean you have to be limited when it comes to your storage space. Micro-living simply requires innovative use of space—and it doesn’t get much more innovative than under-stair storage.
The brilliance of Touchwood Designs’ under-staircase solution was creating a functional storage space. A pair of full extension drawer slides is mounted at the base of the unit and a single slide is mounted at the top to stabilize and guide the movement of the pullout units. These unique storage drawers can also have enhanced features such as Touch Release (held closed until the front is pressed open) and Self-Close (closes drawers and keeps them closed).
Touch Release Mechanism
Touchwood Designs founder Paul O’Regan—who has been a successful carpenter in Ireland since 1992—claims the challenge was not only the length of telescopic drawer runners but also the weight.
“The best solution for my initial under-staircase storage drawers was the 5321SC self-close heavy-duty slide.”
Paul stated. “They’re load rated up to 120kg and provide full-extension.” The 5321SC slide solved the fitting and load problems, plus it also prevented the units from creeping out as the self-close mechanism holds the units closed. On some of the larger units, Paul utilized the heavy-duty 9301 runners.
“Accuride slides greatly improve the quality and performance of my under-staircase storage system”
Paul said. “The product provides confidence and peace of mind that the runners will work time and time again.”
Accuride has a number of recommended movement solutions for just these kinds of applications. Take our newly enhanced 3800 slide family for example. The addition of longer ball retainers and added ball bearings make these slides smoother and more resilient than before. Also, a face-frame mounting hole has been added to make installation easier. Perfect for your next staircase storage space project.
What about wider drawer applications to accommodate dry goods and cookware? Accuride has an answer for that, too—the 7957 Full Extension Slide. It’s a great heavy-duty alternative that can handle drawers up to 42” wide in a .75” cross-section slide space and has a load rating of 350 lbs.
Whatever your storage application, visit our website to learn more. Together, we’ll find just the right solution to ensure your project is a sliding success.
Company: Accuride International
Product: Heavy Duty Slides » 7957
A recent ASID study identified health and well-being and sustainability as two macro-trends defining the industry. To support your evolving design practice in these areas, Sherwin-Williams is not only developing innovative coatings that meet the most stringent environmental guidelines, we’re also creating tools and joint partnerships that make it easier for you to meet program guidelines and provide transparency for your projects.
Here are the latest tools and partnerships that will help you meet green guidelines:
What does it do? Sherwin-Williams announced that it is the first paint manufacturer to be certified in the new Product Lens™ program from UL. The Product Lens report is an ingredient disclosure tool that provides hazard information across the entire lifecycle of a product and also considers risk and exposure, fulfilling industry demands for transparency.
How will it help your practice? The Product Lens program was designed specifically with LEED v4 in mind and targets the Material Ingredients disclosure credit within the Building Product Design and Optimization grouping. Product Lens reports are third-party certified by UL Environment, which means that the materials have been independently evaluated for transparency and disclosure — making it easier for you to understand if the products you spec are meeting green guidelines. Sherwin-Williams ProMar 200 Zero VOC Interior Latex Paint is the first product to be certified by the program.
“By partnering with UL on its innovative Product Lens program, we can provide credible information to architects, specifiers and other purchasers in a format that is easy to understand and act upon,” said Steve Revnew, senior vice president of product innovation at Sherwin-Williams. “We felt strongly about partnering with UL on Product Lens because its approach is both rigorous and relevant to the coatings industry.”
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What does it do? These specification guides — which include Sherwin-Williams products — are written in CSI format and can be included in their entirety, or selectively, in a master specification for a variety of credit cateogries.
How will it help your practice? Meeting criteria for credit categories can be a complicated process, but these specification guides help make it easier. Simply go to the Green Program Specification page to download the PDF that matches the criteria your project needs to meet. Also visit the Green Program and VOC Regulation Tools page (see below for more information on this page) to learn about exceeding the toughest VOC regulations. As with any standard specifications, they should be reviewed by the specifier and edited to suit the particular needs of a given project and its respective location.
What does it do? We’ve found innovative ways to make coatings that are compliant in the most stringent regulatory requirements, and a wide selection of our products meet VOC guidelines for industrial and architectural applications. These green program guides and VOC regulation tools, including our popular Green Programs and VOC Coatings Reference Guide, help you navigate through a number of “green specification” possibilities.
How will it help your practice? Whether you’re specifying wood finishing, painting, a waterproofing system, interior and exterior finishes, or stains, these tools and guides will help you find the products you need quickly and accurately, while meeting and exceeding standards, as well as the toughest VOC regulations.
Did you know?
We offer an array of other tools and resources, including:
Guide specifications. If you need “off the shelf” guide specifications created for a particular type of commercial facility, simply go to swspecs.com.
Hands-on consulting. We have more architectural account representatives than any other North American paint manufacturer — all trained to help you spec. You can locate your rep at sherwin-williams.com/architects-specifiers-designers or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our reps offer product consultations, specification reviews, compliance and standards questions, and competitive crossovers.
Company: The Sherwin-Williams Company
Of: Molly Burke
Nystrom Inc announces the release of the Concealed Access Doors, a high-end architectural panel. The addition of the glass fiber reinforced (GFR) access panels adds another option for architectural applications, such as hotel lobbies, casinos, multi-tenant housing and government buildings.
The Concealed Access Doors are available in either a drop-in or hinged design with a square or radius corner or a circle for drop-in applications. The hinged design can be installed in ceiling and wall applications and is available with a cam latch or keyed lock.
- Blends seamless into surrounding drywall
- Eco Friendly
- Reduced labor costs
- Optional concealed hinge and lock options
- Tapered edge for joint tape
- Paint and texture ready
- No shrinking, cracking, sagging or rusting
- Mold and moisture resistant
For specialty applications, more information or to request a quote, please visit https://www.nystrom.com/products/access-doors.
Product: Access Doors
The Tomorrow’s Workplace 2016 design competition challenged teams of designers to define “how will offices enable workers to be the best they can be?” For one team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Kalwall® translucent sandwich panels offered the solution.
The competition was presented by Metropolis Magazine and Staples Business Advantage, a division of Staples Inc. Design
teams were tasked with creating an original piece of architecture that accommodated the needs of workers in terms of privacy, light, noise reduction and health.
Kalwall panels were an essential component of the design from MIT’s Changing Places group, giving it structural integrity and aesthetic appeal. The design received an honorable mention.
The transformable wall employs robotics technology to create a hyper-efficient, dynamically reconfigurable structure. The innovative robotics and unmatched quality of Kalwall panels combine to create a flexible piece of architecture that accommodates a wide range of activities in a small space.
Kalwall has become the go-to option for translucent building systems, providing museum-quality daylighting™
with superior thermal packages.
Company: Kalwall Corporation
Product: Wall Systems
Beautiful cabinetry in high-end closets no longer has to be marred by ugly, burglar-enticing locks. Thanks to an innovative smart-locking system invented for cabinetry in upscale commercial environments, luxury homeowners can attractively protect their valuables in closets and cabinets.
Jerry Wilson, president of Florida-based Bespoke Design & Consulting, was seeking an effective but unobtrusive locking system to integrate into custom furnishings in walk-in closets in an addition to the master wing of a high-end South Florida home.
“The homeowners needed commercial-strength security to protect the husband’s watch collection and the wife’s jewelry, but wanted to avoid keyholes because they alert thieves to valuable items, are unsightly, and require finding the right key,” Wilson says.
Inside the installation of the Senseon RFID-powered system
The Senseon Secure Access Control System, an RFID-powered system that Wilson had seen demonstrated at a trade show, proved to be the perfect solution. “Senseon enhances the safety of luxury goods and gives homeowners peace of mind,” he says. “In addition, the plug-and-play system was easy to install, and Senseon customer support was great in helping me coordinate with the cabinetmaker, electrician and installer.”
“Everything is completely invisible,” Wilson notes. E-locks were installed on the side of a cabinet in the husband’s closet, as well as under the top of a velvet-lined, multi-drawered jewelry case in the wife’s closet.
“They love the new system,” Wilson adds. “It’s state-of-the-art, they know their valuables are safe, and they don’t have to fumble around for a key or hide a key. They use a smart card for access.”
Wilson, whose firm provides upscale residential interior design and general contracting, said he is incorporating Senseon into all projects requiring locks in closets or cabinets.
Editor's Note: Sean Jordan is a Business Development Specialist for Senseon.
Company: Accuride International
Of: Sean Jordan
A house in Spain recently caught our eye. Newly updated by Buyesc Arquitectes, the Spanish home’s south-facing wall is now clad with polycarbonate. The designer’s intent was to transform the home into a low-energy building - polycarbonate panels improve thermal efficiency by capturing solar energy and gradually transferring it indoors. Polycarbonate also provides excellent insulating value in the range of R-4 when compared to glass.
EXTECH has been touting the benefits of polycarbonate in commercial and industrial construction for years - its versatility, durability, and sustainable properties make it a superior glazing material for so many applications. Given its benefits for commercial building envelope systems, it makes sense that it is becoming a prominent façade material for single-family and multi-family housing. It also makes sense that polycarbonate will be an important building envelope choice for commercial construction in the upcoming decades.
Is polycarbonate the future of architecture? There is some interesting evidence that points to this trend:
- A recent report by Grand View Research asserts that U.S. demand for polycarbonate was USD 15.24 billion in 2015, with the construction industry making up roughly a quarter of that demand. The report goes on to predict that the U.S. polycarbonate market will grow to more than USD 30 billion by 2024, with the demand from construction increasing as well. These numbers reflect other analyses that predict the polycarbonate industry will double on a global scale over the next decade.
- The movement toward green construction extends beyond federal regulation – it is a moral obligation felt by many millennials. Dozens of start-ups have emerged in the U.S. and E.U. in recent years that focus on green technology for sustainable building construction. The grassroots coalition Architects Advocate wrote an open letter to President Trump asking for his support of the design industry’s commitment to addressing climate change. The movement toward environmentally-friendly design is expected to grow, and given polycarbonate’s sustainability properties (it is recyclable and lends itself to daylighting, which lowers energy usage) coupled with its durability, it is an ideal material in this vein.
- In addition to Buyesc Arquitectes’ design mentioned above, there has been quite a bit of innovative construction in the past few years that utilizes polycarbonate. Just this month, DeZeen’s Lizzie Crook compiled a nice list of worldwide projects that use translucent polycarbonate panels; the project applications are wide-ranging and include sports halls, residential buildings, and art spaces. The intentions for incorporating polycarbonate differ – some designers were interested in polycarbonate’s unique aesthetic qualities ("sometimes the building blends with the sky, sometimes [it] is confused with the trees; at times the building seems to have its own light") while others liked the natural, diffused illumination polycarbonate daylighting offers. The reasons are myriad, but their designs are prominent and catching the attention of people around the globe.
Although polycarbonate has been used in building construction for 40+ years, there is still a great deal of potential for its use as a leading building envelope material. If the number of students that request system samples of our LIGHTWALL translucent walls and download our CAD and Specification files is any indication, then the future is going to include a lot of polycarbonate - we look forward to what tomorrow’s architects have to offer in the way of polycarbonate design.
Company: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.
2017 Color of the Year
Sherwin-Williams doesn’t usually like to play color favorites, but in this case we can’t resist. The color we anticipate defining 2017 is Poised Taupe SW 6039. Here’s why: This timeless neutral is modern, classic and a beautiful balance of warm and cool.
The 2016 industry shows revealed a surprising transition from grey to taupe. Both contract and consumer color and products have been focused on grey as the key neutral — although grey is still important, we have seen a significant shift in materials and finish color to warmer expressions of neutral.
Using the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® Visualizer, you can explore the Color of the Year, and with the swipe of a finger see it on any wall.
Tag your Poised Taupe Twitter and Instagram posts with #SWCOLORLOVE or upload a photo.
2017 Key color combinations featuring Poised Taupe…
In addition to the “warming up” of neutrals in general, 2017 will see several key colors emerge in combination with taupe.
Faded indigo and lighter cornflower hues pair with modern white and Poised Taupe for a charming palette, reminiscent of the French countryside.
Vegetal green, citrus green, weathered bronze and mustard yellow pair with Poised Taupe to create a contemporary organic palette — re-imagined for the modern world.
Pastels take on a vintage vibe with dusty ink, amber, Poised Taupe, sage and oxidized yellow.
Wine & Taupe
Deep wine, purple and Poised Taupe bring warmth to the dark tones favored in 2017. Silvery grey and intense teal provide balance and drama to this rich, mysterious palette.
Red and coral are vibrant and ore rich when combined with Poised Taupe and dusky rose. There is a natural feel to this palette, reminiscent of silt, clay and red stained bedrock.
Yellow takes bold direction when paired with black, white, Poised Taupe and deep teal for a super graphic look.
Company: The Sherwin-Williams Company
Accuride movement solutions can be found everywhere, but especially in automobiles. This video uses 3D modeling to show how those movement solutions are seamlessly applied into passenger vehicles. Accuride slide applications can be found in glove compartments, under-seat compartments, moveable armrests, and more.
Accuride International designs and manufactures precision ball-bearing drawer slides for industrial, commercial, or residential needs. All our slides are engineered in-house by our excellent R&D team so we can continue to develop innovative movement solutions.
GM • Nissan • Volvo • Mercedes-Benz • Skoda • Ford • BMW • Jaguar • and More
Accuride is a development partner and Tier 2 supplier of automotive and transportation sliding systems that are incorporated into millions of vehicles. We work closely with manufacturers, interior suppliers, and design and engineering specialists to develop solutions that enhance comfort, increase access, optimize space, and expand storage options. Applications are varied, including solutions such as:
- Sliding armrests
- Variable-height consoles
- Seat cushion adjustment
- Under-seat storage
- Cargo trays
- Loading platforms
- Secured storage
Special features such as self-closing, soft-close, touch release, and electronic locking to control access add another layer of refinement to designs. Be sure to check out the automotive application solutions to find out more about the benefits Accuride products bring to designs.
Moving Interiors –Automotive Sliding Systems
See how Accuride slides can be used to add a sense of luxury throughout automotive interiors. Our slides stay secure even while in motion and hold up to daily use even in extreme conditions such as changes in temperature, vibration, and more.
Additional Automotive Solutions:
Company: Accuride International
The season of giving is upon us, and with that comes an increase in sales–as well as an increase in shrinkage across the retail industry. Shrinkage is the loss of inventory often attributed to theft. That’s especially so in the holiday season, as indicated by loss prevention specialist Ernie Deyle’s holiday season forecast. As Deyle explains, the holiday season is a time when “people tend to rationalize immoral behavior like shoplifting. It’s much easier to do so when a child’s Christmas present is at stake rather than an extra bathing suit for the summer.”
According to Deyle’s research, shrinkage increases to about 38% during the holiday season from 22% the previous quarter. With that in mind, loss prevention managers and operations managers everywhere are constantly looking for solutions to reduce shrinkage and increase profit. Deyle’s report advises retailers employ technology to stabilize inventory loss and ensure shelf availability while enhancing retail display security.
With how fast technology is advancing, it’s no surprise that loss prevention technology is evolving at such an exponential rate. Even small convenience stores are capable of running facial recognition technology. According to Tyco Integrated Security’s director of business development, Lee Pernice, “RFID is something else that is not new to retail, but it has come a long way in both cost and use cases.”
How Senseon Can Help?
Senseon Secure Access is one of the ways RFID technology has evolved over the years. Senseon systems lock and unlock up to 15 doors or cabinet drawers simultaneously with the tap of an RFID card or fob. This inconspicuous, easy-to-install secure access system can be the solution to a wide array of retail shrinkage troubles.
Senseon Secure Access can be programmed to support up to 100 users, including five administrators. Employees thus have ready access to merchandise on the sales floor, rather than having to wait for a manager with a key to retrieve customer’s items. In addition, a lost or missing key is no problem: an administrator can program or delete card/fob access instantly.
Loss prevention has the potential to move forward as a cost-saver and a time-saver for retailers across the world. With Senseon Secure Access retailers can be sure that all their inventory will be secure this busy shopping season.
Company: Accuride International
Product: Senseon Secure Access Control
Proper home ventilation is especially important when your house is closed up during winter. Here are some tips to improve your indoor air quality this winter.
Keep Your House Clean
Using a quality vacuum to remove dust and dirt is a great way to improve indoor air quality, but unless you’re using a central vacuum system, such as the PurePower™ Series from NuTone, you’re just recirculating dirty air throughout your home. Unlike a canister or upright vacuum, a central vac system actually exhausts the dirt and dirty air outside your home.
Remove Moisture from Bathrooms
Too much moisture from showering and bathing can cause the growth of mold and mildew in your home. Properly installed bath vent fans, such as the new InVent™ Series from Broan, remove excess moisture and vent it to the outside. Broan fans can also come with a built-in humidistat to cut the fan on and off automatically as needed.
Add Spot Ventilation to Rooms
Bathrooms are the only room that needs good ventilation Broan also makes combination exhaust fans and recessed light fixtures, such as their 744 Series which are perfect for removing musty air in closets and laundry rooms.
Company: Broan-NuTone LLC
Of: Danny Lipford
In a recent CEPro article entitled “6 Steps to Isolate Rooms for Sound,” Home Theatre Designer Scott Bourquin discusses how to make a room quieter. Bourquin points out that “the quieter you make a room, the greater impression it gives of quality workmanship.” So making rooms quieter can have benefits beyond the technical aspects. You can read the full article here.
While in his piece Bourquin offers ways to make a room “super quiet,” it did get us thinking about how our EchoControl Acoustical Shading can contribute to an overall plan to reduce noise.
The first and most obvious way to use EchoControl is on the windows—including skylights. Acoustical shading addresses the reverberation of sound off of the glass, and also helps with sound from the outside. EchoControl has a Noise Reduction Coefficient of 0.60. The Noise Reduction Coefficient (ASTM C423-90a) rates the ability of a material to absorb sound. Zero is completely reflective, and one is completely absorptive. The NRC is calculated by averaging the frequencies of 250, 500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz (rounded to the nearest multiple of 0.05).
By the way, don’t forget—in addition to its sound absorption properties, Draper EchoControl brings with it the advantages inherent in light filtering window shades. It diffuses light, reduces glare, controls solar heat gain, and reduces fading of interior furnishings.
Another way EchoControl can help is in reducing echo off of the headbox or fascia behind which the motor and roller mechanism is hidden. That’s because one of our hardware finish options is to wrap the headbox/fascia with the EchoControl fabric.
Of course, there’s nothing that says a shade fabric is useful only on a window. Draper EchoControl with custom printed graphics can also be used in other areas in the space—especially in a commercial space where they can be used as signage or to add to the décor. When used in this way, the fabric panels can help provide added reverb dampening.
In Bourquin’s article, he discusses placing a felt curtain over a door. Instead of the felt curtains, why not an EchoControl roller shade. It can easily be retracted to allow easy ingress and egress through the door, then lowered to provide echo reduction assistance.
For more information on Draper’s EchoControl Acoustical Shading, click here. Or, if you have a project where you think EchoControl might be able to help, contact your Draper sales rep to discuss the details of making rooms quieter.
Company: Draper, Inc.
Of: Terry Coffey
Recently we were approached by one of our Architect partners to assist with a very unique challenge. They designed a custom ceiling recess with a light fixture access point. To bring HVAC to that area of the room required a grille to match both the curve and the contour of the ceiling. This would mean a linear bar grille incorporating both a top-to-bottom radius and a side-to-side twist.
Our team suggested the AAG Advanced Architectural Grilleworks Plaster J-BeadTM aluminum linear bar grille frame to create a seamless installation. The Plaster J-BeadTM design is quickly fastened to the wall via the outer flange, by either screwing or nailing through the pre-drilled holes. After fastening, the flange is covered with a skim coat of plaster providing a clean, flush appearance.
Both the architect and the homeowner were very pleased with the results and how well the grille fit the contour and character of the ceiling.
At a glance
- TYPE: Linear Bar Grille
- STYLE: AAG10
- FRAME: Plaster J-BeadTM Frame*
- DETAIL: Fixed Core
- MATERIAL: Aluminum
- FINISH: Paint
* patent pending
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