Natural Hardwax Oil protects floors
Coswick Hardware introuduced an “eco-frienldy” flooring finish called Hardwax Oil. The product is made mostly from natural components, including organic wax of the Carnauba palm tree and oil of the Tung tree, the company says.
“Launching the new Hardwax Oil finish is the next definitive step that we are taking toward producing entirely green and Eco-friendly flooring,” said Vladimir Ianovski, founder of Coswick Hardwood Inc. “At this time, Hardwax Oil is one of few hardwood flooring finishes that are eco-friendly, durable, stylish, as well as very easy to maintain and repair."
The effect of Hardwax Oil finish is two-fold, according to the company. First, oil easily penetrates into wood pores, saturating the wood, strengthening and protecting it from ill effects of moisture and dirt. Second, the wax creates a hard protective film on the wood surface.
Also, Hardwax Oil claims to have a very elastic finish that has high resistance to moisture and temperature fluctuations.
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EnduraMax sponsors Green Schoolhouse Series
EnduraMax,a high-performance wall system by Oldcastle Architectural, is a sponsor of the Green Schoolhouse Series project, an effort to construct green schoolhouses across the country.
The first Green Schoolhouse Series project is a 6,000-square-foot school in Phoenix, Ariz. It serves as the launching pad for state-of-the-art green schoolhouses across the country on Title 1, low-income, public school campuses.
EnduraMax is donating approximately 7,200 sq. ft. of its Morency stone to be used on the exterior walls of the Green Schoolhouse project at Roadrunner Elementary.
“We’re thrilled to be involved in the Green Schoolhouse Series to help build safe, clean, green learning environments for children,” said Michael Rohrer, Product Manager for EnduraMax. “EnduraMax is ideal for this project because it boasts an unmatched R-13.6 insulation factor and drainage channels that prevent moisture accumulation, qualifying for LEED certification.”
The inaugural Green Schoolhouse being built at Roadrunner Elementary will be the first LEED-Platinum designed K-12 school built in Arizona and the first LEED-Platinum designed K-12 public school anywhere in the world built entirely by volunteers, according to organizers.
Existing home sales rise in October
According to a report from the National Association of Realtors, existing home sales in the U.S. rose 2.1% in October.
Existing home sales grew to seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.79 million units, according to a report issued Monday morning by the National Association of Realtors.
The figure is up 2.1% from September’s rate, and up 10.9% from the 4.32 million level in October 2011.
“Home sales continue to trend up and most October transactions were completed by the time the storm hit, but the growing demand with limited inventory is pressuring home prices in much of the country," said Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. "We expect an impact on Northeastern home sales in the coming months from a pause and delays in storm-impacted regions.”
The median existing-home price rose 11.1% from the prior year to $178,600.