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LP’s FlameBlock expands its safety accreditation

BY HBSDealer Staff

LP FlameBlock Fire-Rated Oriented Strand Board (OSB) Sheathing is now included in the CAL FIRE Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Products Handbook, published by the California Office of the State Fire Marshall, for use in roof decking exposed as open eaves.

FlameBlock satisfies the WUI rules for use in the underside of open eaves through its CAL FIRE “low ignition surface” classification, which is granted based on the product’s Class A flame spread rating.

Use of LP FlameBlock in this application creates design flexibility by affording designers and builders a wider range of material options, while also providing a potentially more cost effective means of meeting WUI standards. In addition, an assembly utilizing LP FlameBlock panels with tongue-and-groove cedar or redwood boards was recently added to the WUI Products Handbook as approved construction for use in boxed soffit applications. The assembly, consisting of 15/32 category FlameBlock installed behind the T&G soffit ceiling boards, earned approval by passing CAL-FIRE’s stringent SFM 12-7A-3 soffit fire test.

“With the new LP FlameBlock Sheathing eave and soffit code approvals, California builders can have even more confidence in using FlameBlock to provide fire protection for homeowners,” said Judy Musgrove, OSB marketing manager. “In addition, the product is durable, easy to work with and installs like regular roof decking, making it a cost-effective, easy way for builders to meet codes.”

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Former Home Depot exec joins lighting company

BY HBSDEALER Staff

TCP, the Aurora, Ohio-based manufacturer of energy-efficient lighting products, has announced that industry veteran Jorge Fernandez will be joining the company in the position of senior VP business development. Fernandez comes to TCP from Home Depot, where he led the company’s energy-efficient lighting category.

“Jorge will immediately assume the critical role leading our LED product strategy and also manage our emerging markets development, focused on our rapid expansion in Latin America," said Ellis Yan, CEO of TCP.  "Jorge brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge and expertise, particularly in the LED lighting segment, and he is recognized as one of the industry’s leading experts on energy-efficient lighting."

Fernandez came to Home Depot in 2003 as a part of its management development program, where he was an associate in the Internal Audit Leadership Program. He rose through several positions of increasing responsibility in merchandising, eventually assuming his most recent position as senior merchant of LED product development.

While at Home Depot, Fernandez led the retailer’s entry into the energy-efficient and LED lighting category. Prior to that, he worked for AT&T (formerly BellSouth Telecommunications) as an engineering project manager in its networks division. 

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RockSolid offers advanced pouch technology

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RockSolid Floors Polyurea Floor Coatings are taking the cans out of the equation for a more environmentally friendly product plus better product handling, according to the Minneapolis-based company.

The multi-layer Polyurea floor coating systems now feature advanced pouch technology. The kits still feature the same Polyurea floor coating formulas, providing 20 times the durability of epoxy floor paints.

RockSolid’s One Part products, such as their Grey Garage Coat or Diamond Coat, come in resealable pouches, eliminating the risk of waste. End users simply add their desired color shots directly into the pouch, shake it, pour the product into the pan and roll it out onto the concrete floor.

The patent pending burst pouches are similar in their simplicity. The two parts are packaged in separate, pre-measured portions that are instantly mixed when the pouch is rolled up. Once it’s rolled, it too is shaken, poured and rolled out.

“Our new pouches mean users have no cans to mess with and no measuring," says Patrick Ilfrey, CEO of RockSolid Floors. "DIY garage floor coatings just got easier."

In addition to their convenience, these pouches decrease RockSolid™ products’ influence on the environment. They reduce product waste, allow for more efficient product storage than bulky metal cans, and they help to ensure quality preservation of the kit materials.

"At one tenth the packaging weight of a typical metal can, a case of flexible pouches uses 30% less volume than a case of cans," said Ilfrey. "The packages are safe, convenient, reliable, and precise. Just as important, they’re better for the environment."

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