The latest in wet areas: biobased resins
DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products today announced that Panasonic Corporation Eco Solutions Company has adopted biobased resins made with Susterra Propanediol for their new line of kitchen and bathroom systems.
Susterra propanediol is certified 100% biobased by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, making it attractive for companies seeking to add renewable content to their products. A peer-reviewed life cycle assessment (LCA) demonstrates that the production of biobased propanediol offers significant environmental benefits, including up to 40% less greenhouse gas emissions and 40% less non-renewable energy used in its production versus petroleum-based glycols.
The new integrated kitchen system, “Living Station,” and bathroom system, “Cococino,” both use biobased resins made with Susterra and are now available commercially through Panasonic Corporation Eco Solutions Co.
The new kitchen and bathroom systems were developed using Panasonic’s technology of compounding plant-derived and petroleum-derived resins. The resins, based on plant-derived Susterra, are used to manufacture the kitchen countertops in the “Living Station” product line and the bathroom ceilings in the “Cococino” product line.
For the first time in the Asia Pacific region, biobased resins were adopted as the building material for wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. The biobased materials also are used for the wash basins and toilets in the Panasonic product line.
“The quality requirement for wet area system materials is very high,” commented Kazumasa Rokushima, director of the General Technology & Products Development Center, Housing Systems Business Group at the Panasonic Eco Solutions Co. “We are delighted to be the first in the industry with a biobased commercialized product offering. This achievement contributes to Panasonic’s sustainability goals as outlined in ‘Green Plan 2018.’ The year 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Panasonic Co.”
Panasonic Corporation Eco Solutions Company is part of the Panasonic Group with offices in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.
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Boral introduces hail-resistant roofing option
Boral Roofing, provider of clay and concrete roof tile, introduced the Class 4 Hail Rated Storm Series roofing solution, a weather- and impact-resistant roofing option designed for high performance in hail storms.
Storm Series has been awarded the highest hail performance certification recognized in the industry. A sustainable roofing system, Storm Series provides energy-efficiency benefits and insurance cost savings.
“Storm Series is designed for durability and performance,” said John Renowden, VP technology for Irvine, Calif.-based Boral Roofing. “Tile roofs may help you qualify for insurance reductions in hail regions.”
Boral Roofing’s Storm Series product line has undergone severe impact-resistant testing in accordance with the FM 4473 standard. The roof is proven to withstand sequential 2-in. ice ball impacts at speeds up to 104 ft. per second. Storm Series is certified through the Roof Covering Impact Certification Program, sponsored by Architectural Testing.
Class 4 tiles are available in the Rocky Mountain, Heartland and Texas regions of the United States where storms and hail are prevalent and known to cause structural damage to homes. Homeowners may obtain potential insurance cost savings with Storm Series by selecting a participating insurance company and by requesting that their roofing contractor verify that Boral Roofing’s Class 4 concrete tile was installed.
As a concrete tile roof, the Storm Series also provides energy efficiency benefits to homeowners. Concrete tile maintains the inner temperature of the home, reducing the need for heating and air conditioning. Energy cost savings up to 22% are achievable over the life of the roof.
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Going for green, RONA embraces Olympic spirit
Canadian retailer and distributor RONA has invited Canadians to Plant Your Feet across the country, in celebration of the Summer Olympics, which kick off in London July 27.
A Canadian team sponsor, RONA is hosting an open ended 5,515 kilometer collective relay, and will plant a tree for every kilometer run.
“As a proud partner of the Canadian Olympic Team, we are inviting our customers to show their support for our Canadian Olympic athletes and help improve the environment with a relay,” says Karim Salabi, Executive Vice President, Marketing at RONA. “Whether you run one kilometre or walk 10, every step counts, and we encourage everyone to show their support for the Canadian Olympic Team and reforestation programs across the country this summer by getting involved in the RONA Relay.”
The RONA Relay promotional event runs through Aug. 9.
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