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Simonton Windows supports anti-lead-poisoning effort

BY Ken Clark

Simonton Windows, a Lifetime Founding Sponsor of the Lead Safe America Foundation, has expanded its support for lead safety by sponsoring a series of short online videos for the Foundation, which highlight lead-poisoning prevention solutions for families. 

“The week of March 17-23, 2013, is the ideal time for homeowners to learn more about possible poison exposure from lead-based paint and finishes that were originally used in older homes,” said Gary Pember, VP marketing for Simonton Windows. “Childhood lead poisoning can cause permanent brain damage and I.Q. loss, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum symptoms and a long list of other serious health issues." 

Simonton has a “Get the Lead Out” campaign, which includes a special website at simonton.com/leadsafe.

“During this designated week we encourage people to reassess their homes for any potential poison risks, including lead hazards. For example, when it comes time to replace some older windows, lead paint can be disturbed, creating dangerous lead dust hazards.” 

The announcement shortly follows the introduction of legislation in the Senate — The Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2013, described as a step toward easing the burden of lead regulations lumberyards.

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Golden Hammer poised to strike in Las Vegas

BY Ken Clark

For the 29th year, the Golden Hammer Awards will recognize excellence in the home improvement industry.

The date for the award ceremony and panel presentation has been set for the morning of May 8. It will occur during the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.

In addition to recognizing leading companies in the home improvement and building material industry, the Golden Hammer will include a presentation from leading retailers during the breakfast ceremony.

“Everyone at Home Channel News is very happy to build on the tradition of the Golden Hammer event as we continue to work with our partners at the National Hardware Show,” said Ken Clark, HCN editor.

Last year, the event honored Westminster, Mass.-based Aubuchon Hardware as Retailer of the Year and Snohomish, Wash.-based McDaniel’s Do-It-Center as Tools of the Trade honoree. The 2012 event also recognized Bob Taylor, CEO of Do it Best Corp., as the Home Channel Hall of Fame inductee.

The National Hardware Show will take place at the Las Convention Center May 7-9.

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New paint tackles air pollution

BY Ken Clark

With technology imported from the Philippines, Knoxout paint cleans the air while its on the wall — so the theory goes. 

Redwood City, Calif.-based Environmental Imports Inc. signed a deal with Pacific Paint Philippines to distribute Knoxout Air Cleaning Paint in the United States. 

In Knoxout, a compound called CristalActiv uses light energy to break down nitrogen oxide (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (the two components of smog) into harmless substances through a process called photocatalysis.

Air pollution is a problem in most major cities around the world," said Johnson Ongking , VP of Pacific Paint. "Eliminating emissions of NOx and other air pollutants would be the best solution, but that is not yet possible in today’s world. Painting a wall with Knoxout is one of the few ways for people to take an active part in cleaning out the NOx that we put in the air. By transforming ordinary walls into air purifiers with a few brushstrokes, people all over the world can be part of the movement for cleaner air."

According to the company, a surface painted with Knoxout is able to continuously clean the air as long as the paint is on the wall. The company puts it another way: “In essence, it transforms ordinary painted surfaces into air purifiers.”

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