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Spray foam earns green credentials

BY Ken Clark

Gaco Western, a maker of spray foam insulation, announced GacoGreen 052/052N earned credentials as code-compliant in a multiple categories.

An evaluation report (ESR# 2478) from ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), provided evidence that the half pound open cell spray-applied polyurethane foam meets the following code requirements:

• Installation without a prescriptive thermal barrier when exposed surfaces are coated with DC 315 Fireproof Paint at a rate of 13 dry mils (20 wet mils) in accordance with the coating manufacturer’s instructions and ESR# 2478.

• Installation without a prescriptive ignition barrier within attics or crawl spaces where entry is made only for service or maintenance when coated with DC 315 Intumescent Coating at a rate of 3 dry mils (4 wet mils) in accordance with the coating manufacturer’s instructions and ESR# 2478.

GacoGreen 052/052N Half Pound Open Cell Foam is a Class 1 fire rated foam and meets the requirements of ICC-ES AC377 Acceptance Criteria for Foam Plastic Insulation. This water-blown, spray-applied system cures to a semi-rigid very low-density foam that forms a completely sealed air barrier that guards against air infiltration for the life of the building. With one of the highest Aged R-Values available in the industry, GacoGreen 052/052N helps reduce energy consumption and provides a quieter environment, the company said.

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WaterSense points to accumulated savings

BY Ken Clark

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said its WaterSense program is achieving Olympic-sized water savings for consumers as it 2,600 partners and some 5,400 products.

WaterSense-labeled products have helped Americans save $4.7 billion in water and energy bills and 287 billion gallons of water since the program’s inception in 2006. That amount of water could supply Atlanta, Georgia, the 1996 Summer Olympic Games host city, for more than eight years, according to the agency.

WaterSense-labeled new homes and products are independently certified to use at least 20% less water and be high performing. The total number of WaterSense-labeled products has continued to grow; to date, nearly 5,400 models of water-efficient toilets, faucets, showerheads, flushing urinals and weather-based irrigation controllers have earned the WaterSense label. 

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Benjamin Moore CEO ousted

BY Brae Canlen

Denis Abrams, CEO of paint maker Benjamin Moore, was fired from his job over a  dinner cruise to Bermuda that was charged to the company’s tab, according to an article in the New York Post. A group of officials from parent company Berkshire Hathaway, owned by billionaire Warren Buffet, showed up at the paint company’s Montvale, N.J., office two weeks ago and escorted Abrams from the building, the Post reported. 

A Benjamin Moore spokeswoman confirmed Abrams had been terminated and replaced by Bob Merritt, a restaurant industry veteran. 

Ironically, Abrams and his executive team, along with a few other guests, were supposedly celebrating their first quarterly sales increase since 2007, the year Abrams took over the top job. But according to the article, the 62-year-old executive was not popular with the rank-and-file workers, who have lived through five years of dwindling commissions, frozen salaries, and numerous coworkers ushered out the door. 

Retailers also voiced complaints about price hikes and exclusive deals with large distributors at the expensive of smaller independents. 

Disgruntled employees may have been the ones who led to Abrams’s downfall. A source told the Post that one of the wives on the yacht cruise posted photos on her Facebook page, and news of the party spread through the office.

A Benjamin Moore spokeswoman confirmed Abrams had been terminated and replaced by Bob Merritt, a restaurant industry veteran. She had no further comment at the time. But in a June 28 email to Home Channel News, company spokeswoman Diana Dozier said: “Mr. Abrams was let go due to the difference in strategy” from Warren Buffet, particularly when it came to  distribution channels and brand strategy.

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