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Environmental Award for Green Building Materials – the 2008 Green Log Award Goes to Durisol Building Systems


Hamilton, ON (PRWEB) June 18, 2008

Durisol Building Systems received the Green Log Award for Best Green Building System in recognition of its commitment to providing a high performance, truly green product for the building industry.

The Green Log Award is granted to Durisol Building Systems “in order to locate and shine a spotlight on those companies and individuals who are enabling healthier homes and lifestyles.” The Durisol Wall Form System is the original insulated concrete form – ICF, and was recognized in 2008 as playing an important role in making homes and businesses greener.

“We are proud to be at the forefront of helping build a greener world, one building at a time,” said Vipul V. Acharya, president of Durisol Building Systems. “It shows that the construction sector can play a leadership role in reducing our environmental footprint.”

The Durisol Wall Form System is the only reinforced insulated concrete form that does not use foam or polystyrene and is made from Durisol. The proprietary Durisol material is a cement-bonded wood fiber composite that incorporates waste lumber and standard Portland cement. Originally patented in Switzerland in 1946, Durisol products have been manufactured in North America since 1953.

How Durisol ICF works

The Durisol insulated concrete forming system (ICF) is a straight-forward method of building a reinforced concrete wall with built-in thermal, acoustical and fire protection. The wall forms are interlocking modular units that are dry-stacked (without mortar) and filled with concrete and reinforcing steel.

The Durisol system has achieved popularity with contractors because of the ease with which walls can be constructed. The Durisol material is easily cut, nailed and screwed with simple carpenter tools. The Wall Forms are lightweight and thermally insulating which allows easy winter construction without any additional heating. The unique free-draining Durisol material allows the use of high-slump concrete in the field that makes for easier and faster concrete pouring and ensures a solid wall without any compromise in strength. Interior and exterior finishes are applied directly to the Durisol material, eliminating subsequent steps in the construction process. Drywall can be attached anywhere on the Wall Form surface, while the open-textured nature of hardened Durisol makes it an ideal substrate for plasters and stucco (mesh is still recommended). Standard stucco mixes applied directly to the Durisol material result in a finish that is less expensive and more impact resistant than conventional EIFS systems.

The Wall Form units are available in a variety of widths and insulation configurations that create a system that is flexible, design friendly and optimized for each specific application. Wall thickness can range from 6″ to 14″ thick and insulation values can range between R-8 and R-28. A key feature of the Durisol system is that majority of the insulation within the product is positioned towards the exterior of the wall, resulting in additional energy efficiency that is not possible with other insulated concrete forms

Since 1953, Durisol products have been integrated in every type of building application. The inherent insulation value, the 4 hour fire rating, the ease and speed of building and the moisture resistant capabilities make the system unmatched for most building projects.

Durisol is the world leader in the design and manufacture of cement-bonded wood fiber products for the construction industry. Visit the website at http://www.durisolbuild.com. Learn more about green building materials at http://www.durisolbuild.com/Const%20Overview.shtml.

The GREEN LOG Home & Lifestyle Awards program was founded by the non-profit organization, Green Log Awards, Inc., in cooperation with the Environment News Service Visit the website at http://www.greenlogawards.com

Contact:

Vipul V. Acharya, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.

Durisol Building Systems Inc.

67 Frid St.

Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4M3

Phone: 905-521-0999

http://www.durisolbuild.com

info(at)durisolbuild.com

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Greenblock ICF Wall Systems Building Green in the Pacific Northwest

Portland, OR (PRWEB) August 9, 2008

Greenblock Worldwide Corporation (http://www.greenblock.com), a leader and pioneer in the insulated concrete form (ICF) industry, has announced that they have begun marketing their ICF products and installation services in the Pacific Northwest. With their roots in Europe, the company has been promoting the use of their ICFs as an energy saving alternative to stick frame and concrete block construction for the last forty years.

“Insulated Concrete Forms are a natural building system for this area,” says Dan Smith, Portland OR-based Territory Manager for Greenblock. “Folks up here are extremely concerned about the environment and their impact on it. Homes and buildings built with our ICF wall systems are super energy efficient, clean, quiet and comfortable. I’m looking forward to introducing Greenblock as a sustainable alternative to stick frame and concrete block construction.”

Insulated concrete forms are a ‘stay-in-place’ insulated wall forming system made of three primary components; high R-value expanded polystyrene foam, rigid plastic ties and steel-reinforced poured concrete. The use of ICF’s began more than a half century ago and is continuing to gain popularity throughout the construction industry – especially now because of its energy efficient, sustainable attributes.

The bulk of a commercial building’s environmental footprint is caused by the energy consumed in the heating and cooling of the structure over its lifetime. The high performance thermal envelope provided by Greenblock ICF construction can offer significant contribution towards reducing the energy consumption needed to control the interior climate of the building. Additionally, the lack of air infiltration and the resistance to moisture through the exterior walls eliminates the growth of mold and pests penetration thus creating a healthy indoor environment that promotes increased employee productivity due to the reduction of sick days.

Projects seeking a green certification from the United States Green Building Council, NAHB or Green Building Initiative, benefit from involving Greenblock ICFs with their project. Greenblock insulated concrete forms are:

Energy Efficient: The expandable polystyrene foam in a Greenblock wall provides a consistent R-24 Thermal Resistance over the life of the product. Coupled with the thermal mass characteristics of concrete, as well as the lack of air infiltration in an ICF wall, the Greenblock system provides a wall comparable to that of an R-50 wood-framed or CMU wall. ICF structures are up to 70% cheaper to heat and 50% cheaper to cool than traditional wood frame or concrete block construction.
Sound Resistant: Structures using Greenblock achieve documented levels of STC (Sound Transmission Classifications) 50 (inaudible) or higher. Wood frame and CMU structures are typically rated an average STC 25, meaning people inside of the structure can hear and understand voices outside the structure. Outside noise such as traffic, airplanes, construction and even lawnmowers and leaf blowers are greatly reduced, making the structure a quiet, peaceful sanctuary.
Strong and Safe: Greenblock structures are much stronger than traditional building methods and materials. They provide exceptional protection from severe forces of nature, such as hurricanes and tornados. Greenblock foundation walls resist cracking and buckling up to five times better than concrete block walls. Greenblock walls are built with steel-reinforced concrete and fire-resisting expanded polystyrene foam, and they have a 2 to 4 hour fire rating depending on which product is used. ICF structures also improve indoor air quality by eliminating the holes and crevices that can trap moisture and foster mold and mildew growth.
Environmentally Friendly: The decision to construct with Greenblock ICFs is an environmentally responsible choice. Buildings constructed with ICFs significantly reduce the negative impact on the environment through sustainable site-planning, energy-efficiency, lower HVAC requirements and improved indoor air quality.(Builders can earn up to 20 LEED points). Greenblock ICFs are non-toxic; using no CFCs, HCFCs or formaldehydes, the absence of “off-gassing” eliminates the possibility of air pollution or ozone depletion.
Greenblock is dedicated to providing green building solutions to builders and developers throughout the Pacific Northwest. On a national level, Greenblock is a member the USGBC and NAHB. On a local/regional level, Greenblock Territory Manager Dan Smith is a member of several Home Builder Associations including Portland, Seattle, Eugene and Bend as well as the Clark County/Vancouver Building Industry Association. He also sits on Green Building Committees in Seattle, Portland and Bend. Greenblock will be exhibiting at the Seattle Builders Show, October 1 and 2, held at the Seattle Convention Center. They will also be featured at the Clark County Parade of Homes in Vancouver running August 22nd through September 7.

About Greenblock, Inc.:

Greenblock’s (http://www.greenblock.com) roots originated in Europe over 30 years ago and moved to the United States and Canada in the late 1980’s. With several integral modifications from the time of its inception, today’s Greenblock continues to be the superior choice for high efficiency wall systems, noted for outstanding design and ease of use. Over the years, a significant number of structures have been built with Greenblock. Projects that range from stem walls, basements, single and multi-story residences, apartments, condominiums, schools, hospitals, towers and even swimming pools. Government agencies and utility companies are now recognizing the superior features of insulated form-built structures and are beginning to recommend its use for environmental and energy conservation benefits.

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Greenblock ICF Wall Systems Tornado Resistant and Energy Efficient

Norman, OK (PRWEB) August 14, 2008

Greenblock Worldwide Corporation (http://www.greenblock.com), a leader and pioneer in the insulated concrete form (ICF) industry, has announced that they have begun marketing their ICF products and installation services in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. With operations throughout the U.S. and Canada, Greenblock has been promoting the use of their ICFs as a disaster resistant, energy saving replacement for traditional building materials for the last forty years.

“The benefits of ICF construction are enormous for this region,” said Oklahoma-based Greenblock territory manager Eric Williams. “With our temperature extremes and severe weather we need homes, schools and workplaces that are energy efficient and disaster resistant. Our ICF wall systems are safe, strong and super energy efficient. I’m looking forward to introducing Greenblock as a sustainable alternative to stick frame and concrete block construction in this area.” continued Williams.

“We’re extremely pleased to have Eric Williams join our Greenblock team”, said Jeff Alexander, Greenblock CEO. “Eric is a certified instructor for several ICF building courses and he is actively involved in the building community in this region. He’ll be a

great asset for anyone looking to build with ICFs”, continued Alexander.

Insulated concrete forms are a ‘stay-in-place’ insulated wall forming system made of three primary components; high R-value expanded polystyrene foam, rigid plastic ties and steel-reinforced poured concrete. The use of ICF’s began more than a half century ago and is continuing to gain popularity throughout the construction industry – especially now because of its energy efficient, sustainable attributes.

Steel reinforced, poured concrete walls are the strongest, safest building materials currently available. ICF walls have been tested and can withstand tornado force winds. And they resist cracking and buckling up to five times better than concrete block walls.

The bulk of a building’s environmental footprint is caused by the energy consumed in the heating and cooling of the structure over its lifetime. The high performance thermal envelope provided by Greenblock ICF construction can offer significant contribution towards reducing the energy consumption needed to control the interior climate of the building. Additionally, the lack of air infiltration and the resistance to moisture through the exterior walls eliminates the growth of mold and pests penetration thus creating a healthy indoor environment that promotes increased employee productivity due to the reduction of sick days.

Projects seeking a green certification from the United States Green Building Council, NAHB or Green Building Initiative, benefit from involving Greenblock ICFs with their project. Greenblock insulated concrete forms are:


Energy Efficient
The expandable polystyrene foam in a Greenblock wall provides a consistent R-24 Thermal Resistance over the life of the product. Coupled with the thermal mass characteristics of concrete, as well as the lack of air infiltration in an ICF wall, the Greenblock system provides a wall comparable to that of an R-50 wood-framed or CMU wall. ICF structures are up to 70% cheaper to heat and 50% cheaper to cool than traditional wood frame or concrete block construction.

Sound Resistant
Structures using Greenblock achieve documented levels of STC (Sound Transmission Classifications) 50 (inaudible) or higher. Wood frame and CMU structures are typically rated an average STC 25, meaning people inside of the structure can hear and understand voices outside the structure. Outside noise such as traffic, airplanes, construction and even lawnmowers and leaf blowers are greatly reduced, making the structure a quiet, peaceful sanctuary.

Strong and Safe
Greenblock structures are much stronger than traditional building methods and materials. Greenblock walls are built with steel-reinforced concrete and fire-resisting expanded polystyrene foam, and they have a 2 to 4 hour fire rating depending on which product is used. ICF structures also improve indoor air quality by eliminating the holes and crevices that can trap moisture and foster mold and mildew growth.

Environmentally Friendly
The decision to construct with Greenblock ICFs is an environmentally responsible choice. Buildings constructed with ICFs significantly reduce the negative impact on the environment through sustainable site-planning, energy-efficiency, lower HVAC requirements and improved indoor air quality.(Builders can earn up to 20 LEED points). Greenblock ICFs are non-toxic; using no CFCs, HCFCs or formaldehydes, the absence of “off-gassing” eliminates the possibility of air pollution or ozone depletion.

Greenblock will be exhibiting at the Sunbelt Builders Show, November 6-8, at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine TX.

About Greenblock, Inc.

Greenblock’s (http://www.greenblock.com) roots originated in Europe over 30 years ago and moved to the United States and Canada in the late 1980’s. With several integral modifications from the time of its inception, today’s Greenblock continues to be the superior choice for high efficiency wall systems, noted for outstanding design and ease of use. Over the years, a significant number of structures have been built with Greenblock. Projects that range from stem walls, basements, single and multi-story residences, apartments, condominiums, schools, hospitals, towers and even swimming pools. Government agencies and utility companies are now recognizing the superior features of insulated form-built structures and are beginning to recommend its use for environmental and energy conservation benefits.

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Introducing Zoneworks: New Company’s Flexible Fabric Wall Systems Allow Facilities to Adapt, Change Interior Spaces Without Challenges of Permanent Walls


MILWAUKEE (PRWEB) November 18, 2008

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Greenblock ICF Wall Systems Chosen for “Largest Green Home in U.S.”

Stuart, Fla. (PRWEB) January 30, 2009

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Reward Becomes First ICF Certified to the New ASTM E2634 Standard Specification for Flat Wall Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) Systems


Omaha, NE (PRWEB) July 21, 2011

Reward Wall Systems becomes the first insulated concrete form (ICF) to be officially certified to the new ASTM E2634 standard. This new standard will be referenced in the next 2012 IRC and IBC codes.

The new ASTM standard was created to deal with the varying quality of ICFs on the market by creating more consistency, acceptance, and credibility for the ICF market. Code officials and the design community will use the standard to ensure a minimum requirement is meant.

Kelvin Doerr, P.E., Rewards VP of Engineering who was on the task group to develop ASTM E2634 said, After taking many years to finalize this standard, there is now a minimum benchmark to be part of our ICF industry. Reward has always been on the forefront of industry advancements, which is why we wanted to be first to comply with the new standard and to continually lead the ICF industry in innovation and market acceptance.

For more information on the new ASTM E2634 standard, Kelvin Doerr can be reached at 1-800-468-6344

Located in Omaha, Nebraska for the past 22 years, Reward Wall Systems, Inc. is the leading manufacturer and distributor of insulating concrete forms used in residential and commercial structures. Rewards customers include developers, architects, general contractors, residential contractors, and construction supply distributors. To learn more about Reward Wall Systems, Inc. go to http://www.rewardwalls.com.

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