Alternative Building Center sells plenty of premium-grade paint, and owner Hector Osorio knows that you can't produce a good finish with an inferior brush. "We were selling a line of enviro brushes out of Canada until we hired someone with a painting background; he's been a real asset," said Hector. "In his opinion our other brushes didn’t work very well. If someone has a bad experience because the brush wasn’t good enough, they will attribute it to the paint. That was part of our motivation to switch over to Purdy." The Purdy handle is constructed of FSC certified beechwood, and the bristles are 100 percent recycled fibers. The result is a contractor grade paint brush that helps pro and DIYer alike achieve professional looking results.
Premium Grade Backer Board
PermaBase UltraBacker is a rigid substrate for use as an underlayment for ceramic tile on floors, countertops, tub decks and outdoor kitchen counters. Its smooth mesh and mat surface is 20 percent stronger and four times more rigid than other 1/4" cement boards, and it features the lowest water absorption rate available. Constructed of Portland Cement, aggregate, a glass mesh and mat facer, it provides an exceptionally hard, smooth and durable surface – yet cuts easily with a standard utility knife. The product is Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified.
www.nationalgypsum.com • 704-365-7300
The Money Quote
"The second half of the year has just begun and the federal policy incentive that has driven over $15 billion of private investment into the US economy during each of the past five years – the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) – is still set to expire in December. I encourage you to turn up the heat – e-mail your legislators today and urge them to take swift action to extend the PTC.
Peter Kelley, VP/Public Affairs
American Wind Energy Association
FloorScore Certified Bamboo Flooring Line
Teragren's Portfolio Naturals line of bamboo flooring is available in four natural strand colors - Java, Wheat Chestnut, and Brindle - but what really makes the flooring stand out is its easy-to-use 2G fold-down locking system for quick installation, with or without adhesives. Naturals is FloorScore indoor air quality certified.
Narrow Aperture LED Luminaires
TruGroove linear recessed LED luminaires from Philips Ledalite feature a 3” narrow aperture lens with an innovative optical design - MesoOptics - that creates precisely-controlled distribution without high-angle glare, and full end-to-end luminance without socket shadows. TruGroove can deliver efficacies as high as 69lm/W in LED fixtures for commercial and residential settings. TruGroove also features a unique cable-cinch procedure, which allows contractors to join fixtures below a drywall ceiling and raise them up to finish installation.
www.usa.philips.com • 415-971-3878