Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Serious Materials

There are some exciting innovators in the construction material business. These are business leaders that not only manufacture products that are Green for the end-user (contributing to energy efficiency, durability, health and sustainability) but are also committed to greening the manufacturing process.
They wonder:
"How can we continue to make our products and lower or eliminate the environmental impact?"
"How can our products be utilized or recycled at the end of it's usefulness?"

Ray Anderson from interface is probably the best known of these pioneers. Please follow the previous links to learn more.
Another Company that has come to my attention is Serious Materials. They manufacture sheet drywall, windows, doors and coatings. I'd like to focus on two of their offerings.

EcoRock , which will be available in the spring of 2009 (western US), is the better drywall.
  • It uses 80% less energy to produce than standard drywall.
  • It doesn't contain gypsum. In fact, it's made with 80% post industrial recycled waste.
  • It doesn't generate any mercury during the manufacturing process.
  • It resists mold, up to 50% better than even mold resistant drywall.
  • It is less dusty which cuts down on airborne contaminants.
  • Application and installation process is like standard drywall so additional installer training is not needed.
ThermaProof 1125 Windows
These are fiberglass frame windows that come in picture, casement and awning styles. They also have a sliding door. The frames are insulated with soy based foam and along with the enhanced AlpenGlass+ (TM) glass, these are high performance, low maintenance and amazing. They achieve a R11 and a U factor of 0.09.

Here's a comparison chart from the ThermaProof site:

Both of these product lines are really exciting. With the Energy Tax Credits coming back online in 2009, these would qualify for a 10% tax credit (up to $200.00) for the cost of these windows and doors.


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Sibley said...

Hi ,

Thanks for writing such an interesting article. It’s really good to know about the real estate and home decoration and renovation in detail. Home remodeling is definitely a hot topic these days. While the housing market may be experiencing a temporary downturn, Chicago remodeling projects continue to hold steady simply because many Chicago home owners have decided to stay put in their current homes, opting to upgrade rather than move.