May 26, 2015

The co-op says it might "move away" from the chemicals that are seen as a threat to honey bees.

April 14, 2014

Pittsburgh-based Koppers Inc. agreed to acquire the Wood Preservation and Railroad Services business of Osmose Holdings for $460 million.

Revenues for the acquired businesses in 2013 were about $390 million. 

January 30, 2014

Mike Holmes -- a well-known contractor and healthy home champion -- is teaming up with CertainTeed Gypsum to promote indoor air quality (IAQ) awareness among homeowners and building industry professionals.

His initial appearance will take place in Las Vegas at the International Builders' Show (IBS) on Wed., Feb. 5 from 3 to 4 p.m. at Booth C2127.

July 30, 2013

Once upon a time, paint (in residential use) had a simple task to do: be colorful. Sure, it protected wall and trim from moisture and decay and reduced maintenance costs, but its mission was largely decorative.

July 29, 2013

Diamabrush is aiming to make its floor preparation and coating removal products more accessible via the launch of its new collection of Diamabrush Hand Tools.

"There has been no effective solution for removing coatings such as mastic, glue and other adhesives in the flooring industry, with most people using harsh chemicals to break down the coating and then hand scraping," said president Mike Sancimino. "The Diamabrush Hand Tools not only eliminate the use of any chemicals, but allow users to complete these jobs faster than ever."

April 26, 2013

Simpson Manufacturing Co. reported net sales for the first quarter ended March 31 decreased 2.6% to $154.5 million.

August 10, 2012

A proposed set of regulations that would force manufacturers to substitute alternative chemicals if they want to sell their products in California has been released for public comments, which will be accepted until Sept. 11, 2012.

August 8, 2012

Central Garden & Pet, a leading supplier of seeds, pottery, garden chemicals and other outdoor living products, reported net sales of $533.8 million for its third fiscal quarter, an increase of 10% from sales of $484.3 million during the same period a year ago.

Net income for the quarter, which ended June 23, totaled $22.7 million, compared with net income of $17.1 million in the third quarter of 2011.

August 1, 2012

LEED v4, the proposed update to the nation’s most prevalent green building program, has been under intense pressure to change its current wood certification rating system, which only recognizes one set of standards, those of the Forest Stewardship Council. But the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which oversees the LEED program and its current revision process, is now under fire for another part of the LEED update that has nothing to do with wood.

June 26, 2012

Sometimes, the editorial offices of Home Channel News will get sample products to review. Seldom do we write a full commentary about them.

The Rescue! Pop! Fly Trap is one of those rare products worthy of a commentary.

I don’t like the name. It contains too many exclamation points. (The New York Times editors have a longstanding rule: they can use one exclamation point per century.)

But, man, does that thing catch flies!

April 26, 2012

Houston-based PF WaterWorks introduced the DrainEASY No Clog Bathtub Drain Replacement Stopper to eliminate trapping of hair and build-up of clogs in the bathtub drains.

March 22, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed that companies be required to report to EPA all new uses, including in domestic or imported products, of five groups of potentially harmful chemicals. Over the years, these chemicals have been used in a range of consumer products and industrial applications, including paints, printing inks, pigments and dyes in textiles, and flame retardants in flexible foams, plasticizers and some building materials. 

February 9, 2012

According to an article in the Daily Herald, stores in the Chicago suburbs are objecting to confusing rules governing the sale of chemical cleaners.

A law intended to govern the sale of industrial strength chemicals could be interpreted as applying to household cleaners, according to some. And the fine for violation is up to $1,500, the article reported. 

January 9, 2012

Chestnut Ridge, N.Y.-based Soft By Nature is pointing to clothes dryers as real energy hogs and pointing to its own Woolzies as an energy-saving idea.

The company has launched Woolzies, an all-natural fabric softener for use in dryers. Neither a dryer sheet nor a liquid, Woolzies are New Zealand wool dryer balls that soften laundry naturally, without any of the chemicals found in conventional fabric softeners.

November 21, 2011

The United Soybean Board (USB) is promoting some of the sustainable products that use soy as opposed to oil.

"Many people don't realize that soy can replace petroleum-based chemicals in building products," reads a statement from the USB.

Among those products with soy are:

September 26, 2011

Siemens Industry, in collaboration with the Green Seal organization, has published a guide for public housing owners and operators to help them reduce the use of energy, water and toxic chemicals. Called "Green Building Operations and Maintenance Manual: A Guide for Public Housing Authorities," the publication is now available free online by clicking here. 

September 9, 2011

Paint manufacturer PPG industries announced the promotion of Diane Kappas as VP environment, health and safety, effective Oct. 1. She will report to Michael Garry, senior VP commodity chemicals. Kappas will lead all aspects of PPG’s global environmental affairs, including product stewardship, health, safety, compliance assurance and the corporate medical function. She also will provide leadership for PPG’s corporate sustainability programs.

August 18, 2011

St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M is breaking ground on an expansion at its Cordova, Ill., facility, which manufactures specialty chemicals and adhesives, including 3M’s Novec brand products.

July 12, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it is taking a closer look at new uses of glymes, chemicals used in a wide array of consumer products that include paints and coatings, adhesives and household batteries, as well as printing ink and motor vehicle brake systems. 

June 7, 2011

A recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement about consumer use of spray foam insulation threatens to deflate the growing sales — and availability — of this popular product. In April, the EPA expressed its concerns about certain chemicals found in spray polyurethane foam, which is applied as a liquid and then expands to fill cavities or gaps. 

June 7, 2011

An article in Consumer Reports highlighting Home Safety Month listed the top injuries that occur to homeowners doing home repairs, remodeling, yard work and other projects. Citing statistics from the Home Safety Council, the magazine reported that one in five consumers will need medical attention this year, as 43 million homeowners tackle 57 million home improvement projects. 

May 20, 2011

According to a report by CBS News, a number of Canadian consumers are coming into the United States to purchase pesticides, herbicides and other garden chemicals no longer sold in Canada because of that country’s strict regulations. Others are simply ordering products over the Internet from other countries.

April 28, 2011

The 2011 National Hardware Show kicks off May 10 In Las Vegas. Highlights of the three-day event include:

• An outdoor tailgate party making the most of the latest in tailgating products on display;

• Celebrity autographs, including football great Jack Youngblood and actor Ed Begley Jr.;

• A data dive from the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) on consumer projects;

April 14, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced plans to address the potential health risks to consumers of certain chemicals contained in spray foam insulation, sealing concrete and finishing floors. These chemicals, methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and other related compounds, are known to cause severe skin and breathing responses in workers who have been repeatedly exposed to them, according to the EPA.