Green building trends and technology at IBS 2014
The International Builders’ Show kicks off the building season for 2014 bringing together the best and brightest in the construction industry. It’s where builders and others in the industry learn about the latest trends in building homes and commercial buildings.
ProudGreenHome.com attended the show, and spotted a few trends that will make their way to homes now or in the near future.
Whole house as a system
Dow’s Building Systems’ Outperformance Home concepts showcased practical demonstrations of “behind the wall” concepts that help builders construct homes that are more energy efficient, comfortable and temperature-controlled. Outperformance Homes feature an integrated system of Dow solutions that work below grade and above grade to better protect the structure from air and water infiltration, temperature fluctuations and energy loss. And, with an estimated $5,000 in outperformance upgrades, homeowners can save an average of $12 a month on their utility bills – meaning homeowners will be cash flow positive on day 1.
Hybrid tankless water heater
The Rinnai Hybrid Tank-Tankless Water Heater, or RH180, combines the on-demand heating technology of a Rinnai Tankless WaterHeater with an energy-efficient and durable 40-gallon storage tank, which offer homeowners more than twice the water-heating capacity of a traditional 50-gallon tank based on the first-hour rating.
By combining the two technologies, Rinnai has created a high-capacity water heater that installs like a tank, requires a 1/2-inch gas line and is compatible with a 4-inch B-vent or common vent with furnace. The unit’s hot- and cold-water connections are the same as a traditional tank-style water heater.
Spray foam insulation
Spray foam insulation manufacturer Icynene will continue its collaboration with NextGen Home this year, as it showcases its open-cell spray foam insulation product, Icynene Classic™.
Icynene’s collaboration with the 2014 NextGen Home follows the spray foam manufacturer’s involvement with NextGen Home TV series ‘First to the Future Home’ with personality Ty Pennington and the ‘Make It Home’ series with interior designer Jillian Harris. Both projects showcase the immediate and long-term benefits of Icynene spray foam insulation and how homeowners can be more energy efficient by insulating and air sealing in one step.
Visitors to the NextGen Home will be able to learn how Icynene Classic™ both insulates and air-seals a home’s envelope to reduce energy waste and air leakage for a more efficient home. With Icynene Classic, homeowners are able to reduce their monthly heating and cooling expenses by up to 50%. The spray foam insulation is applied as a liquid and expands 100 times its size within seconds to fill every nook and cranny within the building envelope.
Rhino Linings Corporation has expanded from its role as a maker and marketer of sprayed-on truck bed liners to include the building and construction market.
Today, in addition to its vehicle protection, elastomeric and specialty coatings business units, Rhino Linings also has a growing building products business unit.
“The products and brands that consumers readily associate with Rhino Linings are here to stay,” said Pierre Gagnon, president and CEO of Rhino Linings Corporation. “But we also want to add new product lines that allow us to diversify our customer base and reach new markets with the Rhino Linings® brand.”
The company’s expansion into the building products industry really began in 2011 when Rhino Linings acquired Concrete Solutions® repair and decorative concrete overlay products. An acquisition of BioBased Insulation® spray polyurethane foams followed in 2012. The SPF product line expanded in 2013 with the introduction of DuraTite® spray foam insulation and roofing and BioSeal™ sealants. In December, Rhino Linings acquired the Expo Stucco™ line of exterior stucco products, plaster mixes, interior finishes, patching products, bonders and sealers.
At first glance, it might appear that these product lines have little in common. However, there are key similarities in manufacturing and the ingredients used in concrete overlays and stucco. Elastomeric and spray polyurethane foams share similar manufacturing processes, ingredients, equipment and applicator training.
Boral Roofing unveiled two new Cool Roof colors, Saxony 900 Slate Charcoal Blend and the Madera 900 Tahoe Blend, both of which are included in the Boral Concrete Roof Tile product line. These new colors have been designed to accommodate the updated California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 6. A major revision of the energy code involves new prescriptive Cool Roof requirements in select climate zones for low-rise residential steep-slope roofs. The change has resulted in a sizable increase in the aged Solar Reflective Index (SRI) for all roofing materials – from 10 to 16 or greater.
“Our cool roof colors are a great example of the comfort and energy savings that can be achieved in the home with high-performance materials,” said Kayla Kratz, product manager for Boral Roofing “IBS is a perfect place for us to showcase Boral Roofing’s leading-edge roofing products and roof components.”
The new additions to Boral Roofing's color portfolio ensure that Cool Roof requirements are met without sacrificing beauty or performance. The Saxony 900 Slate Charcoal Blend, which comes from Boral Roofing's manufacturing plant in Rialto, Calif., perfectly complements the inherent beauty in French and Tudor architectural styles. Saxony Slate emulates the distinctive appearance of natural slate, while delivering the advantages of concrete tile. The Madera 900 Tahoe Blend, which is manufactured in Boral Roofing's plant in Gilroy, Calif., offers an authentic replication of a hand-split cedar shake roof that is flexible enough to complement any architectural style. The Madera 900 is the most affordable, authentic hand-split wood shake replacement product available with all the benefits of concrete tile.
Boral Roofing's latest Cool Roof technology is also being showcased via a rooftop display that demonstrates the real-time thermal performance of Boral Tile compared to other roofing materials. According to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, an independent testing agency, a family in a typical single-family house could save up to 22 percent per year on heating and cooling costs compared to the standard asphalt shingle roof. A single family house with a Boral Cool Roof System could save an average of $15 to $20 per month immediately compared to a standard asphalt shingle roof, and, as energy rates rise year over year, savings could increase up to $20,000 over 30 years.
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