Weyerhaeuser expands Flak Jacket product
Weyerhaeuser has increased production of its new Trus Joist TJI joists with Flak Jacket protection, which feature a specialty coating that enhances the joists’ fire resistance. By upgrading to more advanced, high-tech manufacturing techniques and adding an extra shift at its Boise, Idaho, facility, the company has significantly expanded its capacity to meet growing demand for the innovative product line, as well as accommodate ongoing improvement in the single- and multi-family housing markets.
Introduced in 2012, Trus Joist TJI joists with Flak Jacket protection provide builders with a simple, cost-effective way to comply with the 2012 IRC fire protection requirements for single-family homes. In multi-family applications, TJI joists with Flak Jacket protection also make it easy to achieve one-hour floor/ceiling assemblies in multi-family applications.
“The industry response to TJI Joists with Flak Jacket has been tremendous, as builders see the installation and cost savings associated with this simpler method for meeting fire protection requirements,” said Tim Debelius, Trus Joist product manager for Weyerhaeuser. “We’re ramping up capacity to ensure we are able to meet customer requests and continue to capitalize on this successful product launch.”
Fiberon partners up with Monsma for Midwest distribution
Fiberon has announced its partnership with Monsma Marketing Corp., a Michigan-based building materials distributor serving the Midwest.
Fiberon’s PVC and composite decking, railing and fencing products will be distributed to lumberyards and home improvement centers in Michigan and Indiana, backed up by Monsma’s 15 years of experience with distributing composite decking products.
“We selected Fiberon because it fits our strategy of partnering with national brands that offer a full breadth of product in their category,” said Brian Stephens, director of product development, Monsma Marketing. “The company’s extensive line of decking, railing, lighting and fastener products will provide us with a portfolio that will help our customers compete and succeed in the decking industry.”
“Monsma has been a premier distributor of building materials since before World War II, so it’s clear they are experts in their field,” said Doug Mancosh, president of Fiberon. "Working with a knowledgeable, service-oriented company such as Monsma is going to quickly expand the Fiberon footprint in the Midwest.”
Honeywell touts new tech-enabled smart thermostat
Honeywell has released the Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control, an innovative thermostat that is voice-activated and cloud-connected.
Using advanced far-field voice technology that breaks through the ambient noise in the home, users can switch on the thermostat from across the room simply by saying "Hello, thermostat." Further action can be taken through commands, such as "make it four degrees warmer" or "make it much cooler."
“Most homeowners know the feeling of coming through the front door while juggling bags of groceries, a stack of mail and keys to a less-than-comfortable temperature,” said Tony Uttley, general manager of Home Comfort and Energy Systems at Honeywell. “With this hands-free advancement, homeowners can simply speak to their thermostat, and it responds by adjusting the environment to their preferences. We believe the next generation of advancements in connected home technology means people don’t have to be tied to their devices. Instead, Honeywell devices are truly an extension of their lifestyle.”
The thermostat is programmed to recognize the homeowner’s voice upon installation and can recognize more commands over time based on previous interactions. It can be designed to match or accent existing decor schemes, and provides users with the opportunity to regulate and monitor their energy usage through their smartphones.