EcoBlu takes on new fire inhibitor
Vista, Calif.-based EcoBlu Products announced today that the company has signed an agreement with Newstar Holdings for the use of its Hartindo AF21 Fire Inhibitor formulation.
Under the terms of the agreement EcoBlu is granted the rights to blend and purchase AF21 Fire Inhibitor concentrates for inclusion in the company’s WoodSurfaceFilm treatment. The agreement will hold an initial term of five years and allow the company to distribute the product worldwide.
According to the company, the combination of AF21 and EcoBlu technology creates a low-cost wood treatment to provide protection against fire, mold, wood rot and termites. The product can be applied on all framing materials of residential and commercial structures.
AF21 Fire Inhibitor is a nontoxic, non-corrosive, biodegradable and environmentally friendly product. The product would render most wood substrates noncombustible, meeting ASTM E84 class "A" specifications. The company said it will pursue industry certifications to include ICC-ES and Underwriters Laboratory as well.
"In my efforts to create a value-added fire treatment market that all homeowners can afford, our agreement with Newstar Holdings allows me to position the company meeting my vision," said Steve Conboy, president and CEO of EcoBlu. "The excitement of being the first company to provide low-cost wood treatments to protect against not only mold, rot and termite issues but fire protection will set us far apart from other similar products."
In Colorado, Energy Resource Center helps homeowners
According to an article in the Vail Daily, an "Energy Resource Center" opened in Edwards, Colo., offering support for homeowners.
Homeowners and their associations can use the center to explore opportunities in energy saving projects and tax incentives. The center also offers free energy assessments and cost estimates for home projects.
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Consumer confidence climbs in January
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had dipped in December, increased in January. The Index now stands at 60.6 (1985=100), up from 53.3 in December. The Present Situation Index improved to 31.0 from 24.9. The Expectations Index increased to 80.3 from 72.3 last month.
“Consumers have begun the year in better spirits. As a result, the Index is now near levels not seen since last spring," when the May 2010 Index was 62.7, said Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, in a prepared statement. "Consumers rated business and labor market conditions more favorably and expressed greater confidence that the economy will continue to expand and generate more jobs in the months ahead. Income expectations are also more positive. Although pessimists still outnumber optimists, the gap has narrowed.”
The Consumer Confidence Survey is based on a representative sample of 5,000 U.S. households. The monthly survey is conducted for The Conference Board by TNS.
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