Braun’s Roofing partners with CertainTeed cool roofs
Houston-area Braun’s Roofing has recently started offering its customers the option to install CertainTeed cool roofs, designed with shingles that deflect the sun’s rays and reduces energy costs in the summer.
While typical shingles absorb heat, CertainTeed products aim to do the opposite, which keeps buildings cooler and reduces the strain on overworked HVAC systems.
Additionally, CertainTeed roofing products are partially made up of pre- and post-consumer recycled materials. According to the company, CertainTeed prevents more than 250,000 pounds of slag, stone granules, corrugated mixed paper and sludge from entering landfills each year.
Solidia acquires patents for reduced-CO2 concrete and cement technologies
Solidia Technologies recently signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Rutgers University to complete its acquisition of a patented technology that eliminates roughly 70% of all carbon dioxide emissions in concrete and cement products.
The agreement, which comprises the rights to more than 50 U.S. and foreign patents and their corresponding applications, aims to present a sustainable and economical concrete alternative to the construction industry. The technology is the first commercially viable effort since scientists first began trying to cure concrete with CO2 50 years ago, according to the company.
“Together, these patents teach a unique method that enables companies to lower their environmental footprint by operating at far lower temperatures than the conventional method and providing a new means for carbon sequestration,” said Richard Riman, Rutgers professor and Solidia founder and chief scientist. Riman co-invented the technologies with Vahit Atakan, Solidia’s R&D director and former Rutgers graduate student and research associate.
Solidia’s scientific process, which facilitates the use of carbon dioxide in the production of building materials, was honored with a 2013 R&D 100 Award.
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bright Capital, BASF and BP all contributed financing to Solidia.
Home Depot issues recall of Soleil portable fan heaters
Home Depot is recalling 107,000 units of Soleil portable fan heaters, after the product generated 464 melting-related reports.
The plastic housing of the fan has displayed a tendency to melt and catch fire during use, though no injuries or property damage have been reported yet.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says it’s urging consumers to return them to Home Depot for a full refund.
The model in question has a model number of LH-707, printed on a sticker on the underside of the fan. They were sold at Home Depot stores between September 2012 and May 2013 for a sticker price of roughly $15.