Tools of the Trade

03/01/2008 |

Find solutions, services, and products to maximize your buildings' performance. This month's section starts with a focus on lighting.

Lighting
 
The LED Collection from Kim Lighting includes more than two dozen solid-state landscape lighting fixtures. The low-profile, all-climate luminaires are suited for commercial, institutional, and industrial landscape and site installations of all kinds, including pathways, parks and gardens, and parking areas. All models are designed for the harshest outdoor environments. LED Collection by Kim Lighting Inc./Div. Hubbell Lighting Inc.
Zumtobel’s SLOTLIGHT PRO recessed fixture can now be installed in existing ceilings. The luminaire’s new profile is straight-edged, and the product offers increased efficiency, ease of installation, and configuration flexibility. Ideal for corridors, lobbies, offices, and high-end commercial applications, SLOTLIGHT PRO creates a uniform, seamless line of light without producing socket shadows or hot spots. SLOTLIGHT PRO by Zumtobel Lighting Inc.
W.A.C. Lighting’s Miniature Line Voltage GU10 Track Heads are designed with a high level of versatility and functionality. The product can be mounted and aimed in nearly any configuration, providing just the right amount of light. Models include the popular Flex Arm style and the classic Flyback and Gimbal Ring styles. These track heads utilize GU10 lamps to achieve the small, sleek look of an MR16 track head without the need for a transformer. Miniature Line Voltage GU10 Track Heads by W.A.C. Lighting.
  
accolade 5 is a new approach to ceiling and wall ambient/accent lighting for interiors and exteriors. Delivering comfortable, energy-efficient ambient or accent illumination for a broad range of commercial and institutional environments, accolade 5 creates vertical or horizontal designs on ceilings and walls. Units are flush-mounted rectangles that can be placed in aligned rows, offset against one another, or abutted vertically and horizontally. accolade 5 by a•light Fluorescent Lighting.
The new Husky® Portable Work Lights provide lighting solutions for various jobsite needs. Available as an 84-watt portable tripod fluorescent work light with 360-degree illumination or a 500-watt portable halogen work light, Husky work lights are built tough to handle jobsite use. The lights are easy to set up and operate, and help you to work efficiently and safely. Husky Portable Work Lights by Husky.
SLI’s line of T5 and T8 electronic ballasts completes the SLI fluorescent lighting system. The electronic ballasts are universal voltage, ranging between 120 and 277 volts, and low THD. These high-quality ballasts carry a 5-year warranty, and the T5 ballasts are available in two versions, 28W and 54W, while the T8 ballasts are available in low-, normal-, and high-power versions. T5 and T8 electronic ballasts by SLI Lighting.
  
Monitoring
 
Toshiba’s IK-6420A analog surveillance camera incorporates extremely sharp 540 TV line horizontal resolution and sensitive day/night functionality to deliver clearer video images, regardless of lighting conditions. A cost-effective choice for budget-minded customers, the product is ideal for general-purpose CCTV installations such as retail outlets, parking lots, and schools. IK-6420A analog surveillance camera by Toshiba Surveillance & IP Video Products.
Roofing
 
WeatherBond RBR® white EPDM is a dependable, long-lasting, reflective roofing option with a proven industry track record. An ENERGY STAR®-rated product, WeatherBond RBR white membrane offers excellent reflectivity and superior cool-roof capabilities, helping lower a building’s energy costs by reducing the amount of energy needed to keep it cool. WeatherBond RBR white membrane by WeatherBond.
Fire Safety
 
Besam Entrance Solutions now offers smoke seals for its standard 2- and 4-panel ICU doors. Smoke seals are becoming a prevalent requirement in healthcare applications, providing a barrier between the elements and possible gaps in a door package. The seals are used to greatly reduce smoke infiltration, positive or negative air pressures, and airborne infectious diseases. Smoke Seals for ICU/CCU Sliding Doors by Besam Entrance Solutions/Div. ASSA ABLOY.
  
Surfacings
 
Eos solid-surface slabs for countertop fabrication are now available in more colors. A new surfacing option incorporates translucent particles into a material that rivals the look of quartz and natural stone, and the nine new colors have the strength and durability of thick solid surface, requiring almost no maintenance and providing easily cleaned, food-safe surfaces. Solid-surface slabs by Eos Surfaces LLC.
Sealants & Coatings
 
SEISMIC COLORSEAL-DS movement joint sealant fills and seals both the interior and exterior of structural joint openings in a single step while simultaneously insulating and attenuating sound. Uniquely suited for sealing curtainwall systems, storefronts, and entrances, the product features an acrylic-impregnated cellular foam core, custom made to the depth of the substrates to be sealed. SEISMIC COLORSEAL-DS by EMSEAL.
Carpet
 
The ViVA LA™ collection from Bentley Prince Street offers three carpet patterns available in broadloom (Which Way Now, Feet on the Street, and Linked to the Vibe). Which Way Now is also offered in carpet tile. All three patterns are offered in 15 common colorways and are made up of 50-percent or greater high-recycled-content nylon. ViVA LA collection by Bentley Prince Street.
  
Building Controls
 
The HOBO® Remote Monitoring System is a state-of-the-art, industrial-grade data-logging system that provides energy managers, facility managers, and others with instant access to energy and HVAC/R systems data anywhere (any time) via the Internet. This system combines ruggedized data-logging hardware with built-in GSM cellular communications and HOBOlink™, a revolutionary new Web-enabled software platform. HOBO Remote Monitoring System by Onset Computer Corp.
Office Furniture
 
The Sierra Series of height-adjustable worksurfaces from WorkRite Ergonomics uniquely addresses the diversity of the U.S. office demographic. With its modular architecture, the Sierra line allows ultimate configuration flexibility in all types of office environments. Sierra is available in 16 different shapes in a broad range of sizes, and the low-profile legs and feet can be finished in either Sierra Silver or Charcoal. Sierra Series by WorkRite Ergonomics.
Plumbing & Washrooms
 
The F-9000SS from Falcon Waterfree is a high-performance, waterfree urinal that has a unique combination of durability and contemporary design. The bold styling of the stainless steel product provides a unique complement to modern and environmentally minded restroom décor. The F-9000SS delivers unbreakable quality and design while saving an average of 40,000 gallons of water per year. F-9000SS by Falcon Waterfree Technologies LLC.
  
Seating
 
Arcadia’s modular lounge collection, Hush, offers the opportunity to create private spaces within a small footprint while fulfilling the dual requirements of seating and a privacy barrier. Ideal for one or many, the modular aspects of Hush allow configuration flexibility, whether the need is for individual pods, two-person love seats, large-scale environments, or anything in between. Hush by Arcadia.
Roofing
 
The Rock-It™ Surfacing System from Tremco enables clients to lower energy costs and extend roof life. Combining all the advantages of a gravel-surfaced roof with the initial and weathered reflectivity typically found with a white single ply, this product’s improved weatherability for a new or existing roof means a longer life-cycle than typical roof systems. Rock-It Surfacing System by Tremco Inc.
Wiring Methods
 
The 2600 Series of rocker switches from APEM is known for its reliability, durability, and broad option range. Designed for power applications with capacitive and inductive circuits, as well as common resistive circuits, the switches are well suited for a variety of industries, including commercial, business, medical, security, and industrial controls. 2600 Series by APEM Components Inc.
  
Plumbing & Washrooms
 
The SaniShower™ spray head and hose from Component Hardware Group (CHG) features SANIGUARD® antimicrobial technology. Designed for use in hospitals or other healthcare facilities, SaniShower uses SANIGUARD to retard the growth of bacteria and odor-causing molds and mildews on treated surfaces. SaniShower provides a gentle spray pattern, has an eco-friendly 2.0 gpm water-consumption rate, and can easily retrofit to most hand showers. SaniShower by CHG.
Cleaning Equipment
 
Tornado’s PV 6 Pac-Vac® backpack vacuum is light, powerful, and green. Weighing less than 11 pounds, the PV 6 Pac-Vac has a quiet, powerful 1.9-hp vac motor generating 90 inches of lift and airflow of 120 cfm. A true HEPA machine, the vacuum traps more than 99.9 percent of contaminants, preventing them from becoming airborne via the machine’s airtight casing. PV 6 Pac-Vac by Tornado.
Façades & Curtainwall
 
ILLUMESH® is a groundbreaking system that combines stainless steel, wire-mesh fabric with IT-based LED technology to create permanent and integrated media-based architectural solutions. Particularly suitable for large-scale, nighttime illumination, ILLUMESH is based on a system-integrated reflection of light on mesh and offers greater resistance to weather and temperature than other lighting systems. ILLUMESH by GKD Metal Fabrics.
  
HVAC
 
The Benchmark 1.5 Low NOx condensing, fully modulating boiler from AERCO brings an exceptionally small footprint to projects requiring 1.5 million BTU/hour. The boiler offers a stainless steel heat exchanger and C-More™ unit controller along with AERCO’s patented air/fuel delivery system, resulting in maximized operating efficiency and seasonal fuel savings. Benchmark 1.5 Low NOx boiler by AERCO.
Power
 
The TreStar P line of online, double-conversion, three-phase UPS for critical loads can be installed in parallel for redundancy or additional capacity. The modules feature a digital control system to eliminate all overloads, frequency variations, transients, flicker, and blackouts in real time. The TreStar P is an ideal choice for protecting data centers, computer systems, telecommunications systems, and assembly lines. TreStar P Series by Staco Energy Products Co.
Office Furniture
 
Chief monitor mounts save space and increase user comfort and flexibility. By mounting the monitor off the desktop, useable workspace is increased and workers can enjoy the ergonomic benefits of a customizable workstation. The monitor mounts can be installed in three quick steps, helping with both time and space management. Monitor mounts by Chief Manufacturing.
  
Electrical Equipment
 
Strikesorb surge-protection devices (SPDs) from Raycap Inc. provide continuous protection from over-voltage and other transient voltage activity for electronic automation and control equipment. Available in a variety of application-specific voltages and packaging configurations to protect sensitive equipment and electronics, Strikesorb SPDs can extend the operating life of automation and control equipment. Strikesorb SPDs by Raycap Inc.


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