The Energy Audit IR Thermometer (from General Tools & Instruments) easily and quickly measures surface temperatures to help determine the effectiveness of insulation systems, find air leaks and thermal bridges, and demonstrate areas of a building that can be upgraded to improved energy efficiency standards. Its star burst laser targeting system helps the user to confirm the area being measured; the unit can then perform a progressive scan over a pre-determined area and reveal any temperature differentials. With a suggested retail price below $60, this device would be a valuable addition to any contractor's toolbox.
www.generaltools.com • 212-431-6100
Ondalite from CO-EX Corp. is a translucent multi-wall polycarbonate corrugated roofing panel. The waved-shaped panel is available in 3 mm twin-wall and 6 mm triple-wall sheets which are heat sealed at the ends. Ideal uses include curved skylights, covered walkways, greenhouse structures, and other daylighting applications. Ondalite can take high loads, offers high level of light transmission, and also provides good thermal insulation. The wave design of the Ondalite matches many modern metal and FRP roofing profiles.
www.co-excorp.com • 800-888-5364
National Gypsum's High Strength LITE is 25 percent lighter than original 1/2" high strength gypsum board. The lightweight, sag-resistant, easy to handle board can be used for walls and ceilings, eliminating the need for two different types of gypsum board on the job. The board’s working properties include improved score & snap, reduced dust, and improved strength-to-weight ratio.
National Gypsum Gold Bond High Strength LITE is the first gypsum board to achieve platinum-level certification under UL-Environment ULE ISR 100, which sets standards for environmentally preferable gypsum board and panels.
www.nationalgypsum.com • 704-365-7300
THE MONEY QUOTE:
“The US market for 'green' building materials generated sales of almost $57 billion in 2008. This market is projected to expand 7.2 percent annually to over $80 billion in 2013, outpacing the growth of building construction expenditures over that period. Although green building materials are expected to account for an increasing share of materials used, growth will be driven primarily by the recovery of the residential market through 2013 as it rises from its depressed 2008 level."
The RainPerfect Pump installs easily to the top of rain barrels, powered by a rechargeable NiMH battery that's juiced from an integrated PV solar panel. According to the EPA, a rain barrel can save homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Thus RainPerfect can help save both water and electricity. The pump provides enough water pressure to wash a car, run a garden sprinkler, or perform other common tasks. The product's suggest retail price is $139, and it may also be eligible for regional rebates.