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Gas prices and consumer confidence on the rise; unemployment dips further.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The latest weekly installment of the Quikrete Industry Dashboard has plenty to see on the Consumer Watch dials. Gas prices and consumer confidence on the rise; unemployment dips further to 3.8%. There’s no new data on the big-three housing industry reports. But the HBSDealer Stock Roundup shows companies in the hardware and building supply space gravitating toward the upper-right quadrant of monthly and annual growth.

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Viance D-Blaze receives UL certification

D-Blaze fire-retardant treated wood is effective at controlling the spread of flame and smoke.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Viance has announced a new Underwriters Laboratories (UL and ULC) certification listing for two-hour bearing wall assemblies utilizing D-Blaze fire retardant treated lumber and plywood.

Design No. V335 was certified under the ANSI/UL 263 standard for the U.S. and CAN/ULC-S101 for Canada earning a two-hour fire resistance rating for walls exposed to fire on the interior face.

The two-hour rated fire-resistant bearing wall assembly, Design No. V335, is available at UL’s Online Certifications Directory, and will allow architects and specifiers to design FRTW walls with brick, stucco, fiber cement and other approved UL exterior facings.

D-Blaze fire-retardant treated wood (FRTW) is highly effective at controlling the spread of flame and smoke, increasing evacuation time and potentially reducing damages and repair costs caused by fire.

D-Blaze has been used in projects across North America, including the One World Trade Center in New York City and the Sears Tower and Navy Pier in Chicago.

Tested and listed by UL and ULC, D-Blaze FRTW meets the requirements of construction materials as set forth in all North American building codes for lumber and plywood products used in fire rated assemblies and interior applications where fire retardant construction materials are permitted and specified by building codes.

D-Blaze also received Greenguard Gold certification for meeting comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in indoor air.

Based in Charlotte, N.C., Viance, a leading provider of wood treatment preservatives and offers an extensive range of advanced wood treatment technologies and services to the global wood preservation industry.

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WaterSense gets vote of confidence

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The EPA’s WaterSense program is officially on the chopping block. But a recent move by the house committee that oversees EPA funding is making a stand for the program.

The House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee, which oversees EPA funding, yesterday outlined its support of the EPA’s WaterSense program while rejecting its proposed elimination in a report accompanying its approved fiscal year 2019 (FY19) budget for the Departments of Interior and EPA.

Administered by the EPA, WaterSense is a voluntary, consumer product program that promotes water efficiency. The WaterSense label signifies that the product meets high performance standards while using at least 20 percent less water than products meeting federal water-efficiency standards.

The committee members supporting the program received applause from Plumbing Manufacturers International. The committee is led by Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), Interior/EPA Subcommittee chair. PMI and its members, along with a number of trade associations and non-governmental organizations, have met with dozens of members of Congress, including members of the Appropriations Committee, to underscore the benefits of the program, the group said. PMI is supporting similar report language in the Senate.

“We are pleased to continue to see bipartisan support on Capitol Hill of this successful water savings program vital to manufacturers, consumers, states, cities, and utilities,” said PMI CEO/Executive Director Kerry Stackpole. “Established is 2006, WaterSense is an example of an effective collaboration between industry and the government in determining voluntary and water-efficient performance measures that can be used by consumers and industry, as well as by states and local governments.”

In March, PMI delivered a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt highlighting the benefits of the WaterSense public-private partnership and strongly recommending its continuation. Earlier this year, the Trump Administration targeted 50 EPA programs for elimination, including the WaterSense program.

Plumbing manufacturers have developed more than 21,000 WaterSense-labeled product models, including showerheads, toilets, faucets, faucet accessories, flushing urinals, flushometer-valve toilets found in commercial and institutional facilities, and pre-rinse spray valves for commercial kitchens.

More than 1,900 manufacturers, water and energy utilities, distributors, state and local governments, non-profit organizations, trade associations, and retailers nationwide have partnered with the WaterSense program.

To view the FY19 House Interior/EPA budget and report, go to: https://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/interior_report.pdf

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