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Kleer Lumber receives green certification

BY Brae Canlen

Kleer Lumber, a maker of cellular PVC trim products for residential construction, is now eligible to receive points under the National Green Building Standard Certification system administered by the NAHB Research Center.

The products qualify under “Termite-resistant materials are used in portions of the building” and “Building materials/assemblies do not require additional site applied material for finishing.” Kleer’s trimboard is manufactured from cellular PVC to look and feel like painted wood but is highly resistant to termites; therefore, it can be installed in direct contact with the ground, according to the manufacturer.

Headquartered in Westfield, Mass., Kleer’s flagship product, Kleer’s trimboard, features pre-consumer recycled content certification from Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). Kleer Lumber also offers PVC decking, moldings, sheets and accessories, including adhesives and fasteners.

 

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Foam-N-Fill receives ICC evaluation

BY Ken Clark

FireBlock Foam-N-Fill from Tulsa, Okla.-based Red Devil has received an evaluation report (ESR#3402) from ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), providing evidence that the polyurethane foam meets code requirements. 

"Red Devil can now reference the evaluation report to ensure building officials and the building industry that the product meets I-Code requirements," said Mark Johnson, president of ICC-ES. "Building departments have a long history of using evaluation reports, and ICC-ES operates as a technical resource for the building department. Final approval of building products is always in the hands of the local regulatory agency."

Building officials, architects, contractors, specifiers, designers and others utilize ICC-ES Evaluation Reports to provide a basis for using or approving fireblocking sealants in construction projects. 

FireBlock Foam-N-Fill expands to fully take on the shape of annular cracks and voids where wood has been penetrated by construction plates, pipes and conduits. It has a Flamespread index of less than 25 and has been tested to establish that it maintains the integrity of fireblocking when wood is penetrated.

"With an ICC code report readily available for our professional construction customers, they can quickly and easily decide if Fireblock Foam is a good fit for their project," said Jason Ringling, director of marketing, Red Devil.

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At ProDealer Industry Summit: Eyes on recovery

BY Ken Clark

As the 2012 ProDealer Industry Summit (PDIS) prepares to convene in Savannah, Ga., the nation’s housing market sits on the precipice of a long-overdue recovery. The LBM industry has watched and waited, knowing that the bottom would eventually arrive. Recognizing — and responding to — that turning point will be the subject of several seminars and presentations on Oct. 25 to 26.

An Oct. 26 keynote speech given by housing industry analyst Ivy Zelman may help attendees make some key decisions about their businesses for the next few years. Zelman, who founded her own firm in 2007 after working for Credit Suisse Group and Salomon Brothers, conducts proprietary research that involves all aspects of the housing industry.  Although she was one of the first analysts to predict the depth of the housing bust, Zelman is now sounding bullish on the housing recovery.  One of the positive indicators, she notes, is dwindling inventory of homes for sale. 

“There’s not enough supply, given higher levels of demand,” Zelman recently told the Wall Street Journal. “With every passing month, distressed homes are being absorbed at better and better prices.” Construction of new home has been sluggish for years, and an increasing number of renters are choosing single-family homes, removing them from the available housing market.

In addition to sharing her forecast for 2013 and beyond, Zelman will moderate a panel of pro dealers discussing their views on improved planning in 2013. 

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