Reporter Bill Bregar gathered these new-product announcements at the Builders' Show, sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders Jan. 26-29 in Houston.
PS building system has new designation
AAB Building System Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of foamed polystyrene block, announced a new name for its product, Blue Maxx Wallsystems.
Each block serves as a combination form for concrete, insulation and air/vapor barrier. Plastic brackets tie the blocks together.
AAB is based in Cobourg, Ontario. The company said more of its systems are going into commercial construction. Some recent projects include an American Legion Hall in Horse Head, N.Y.; Ron Jon Surf Shop in Ship Bottom, N.J.; a 60,000-square-foot refrigerated warehouse in Miami and office/warehouse buildings in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and St. John in the Virgin Islands.
Dow boosts durability of insulation panels
Dow Chemical Co. introduced a new, more durable Styrofoam Duramate extruded polystyrene insulation in Houston.
It is available in insulating panels measuring 4 feet by 8 feet and 4 feet by 9 feet, in three thicknesses.
To improve durability, the sheathing's protective facer material is an extra durable film. Midland, Mich.-based Dow said Duramate insulation can be walked on, knelt on or bumped without damage. It will not absorb water, an important consideration on job sites, Dow said.
Dow also announced an agreement with Thomas Waterproof Coatings Co. of Atlanta to promote the sale of Styrofoam insulation with that firm's Damtite Perma Coat Super System. The deal focuses on the Southeastern United States.
Also at the Houston show, Dow announced it has renewed its support of Habitat for Humanity. Dow said it donated nearly $500,000 worth of Styrofoam to the program in 1994 and 1995. Dow has pledged to donate up to $550,000 in 1996 and 1997.
Group reports sales of EIFS strong in '95
Sales of exterior insulated finish systems exceeded 260 million in 1995, up more than 11 percent over 1994, reports the EIFS Industry Members Association.
EIFS combine several materials, including foamed plastics, into a wall panel with a plywood substrate, reinforcing mesh and finishing materials. The Clearwater, Fla., trade group said the most typical insulation board materials are expanded polystyrene or polyisocyanurate.
The increase in EIFS use reflects the popularity of stucco-like siding, according to Eugene Fischer, EIMA executive director. The systems, originally associated with the Sun Belt, have become more popular in northern markets.
L.B. Plastics adds line of vinyl decking
Window profile extruder L.B. Plastics Inc. of Mooresville, N.C., is breaking into vinyl decking.
L.B. Plastics kicked off its Sheerline deck at the Builders' Show. Sheerline deck boards snap together and interlock. Fastening screws are hidden. A patent is pending on the profile, which L.B. claims is 50 percent stiffer and stronger than competing two-part systems.
Mobil's Trex lumber gains NES listing
Trex, the wood-polymer lumber manufactured by Mobil Chemical Co., has received a listing from the National Evaluation Services as an alternative to decking made from pressure-treated lumber or other decking lumber.
Mobil manufactures Trex from reclaimed plastics and waste wood. Mobil's Composite Products Division, based in Winchester, Va., claims this is the first wood-plastics decking material to be listed by NES.