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Tools of the Trade

Sept. 1, 2008

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


Made from natural ingredients, Marmoleum Composition Tile (MCT) provides a good balance between initial cost, ongoing costs, and performance. This linoleum tile features a low cost of ownership and is occupancy ready, requiring no initial maintenance. The product is naturally antimicrobial and antistatic.
Marmoleum Composition Tile by Forbo Flooring Systems.

www.forboflooringna.com • (800) 842-7839

Metro Leather is a glazed porcelain tile that mixes the appearance of worn leather with a cement-like visual to create a look that’s both warm and contemporary. Available in five rich colors and five modular field tile sizes, Metro Leather is suitable for interior and exterior floors, walls, backsplashes, and countertops in both freezing and non-freezing climates.
Metro Leather by Daltile Corp.

www.daltileproducts.com • (800) 933-8453

Artflor Stair and Monolithic Flooring Systems offer nearly endless color options. Available in custom patterns and sizes, the product can feature inlays, such as seashells, guitar picks, gears, and poker chips. Concrete based and made with recycled materials, these systems will last a lifetime with minimal maintenance.
Artflor Stair and Monolithic Flooring Systems by Artflor Inc.

www.artflor.net • (800) 773-9363
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Proform is an individualized custom matting system that meets the unique needs of your facility and your staff. Featuring design and installation services for custom entrance matting, logo mats, and runners, Proform is ideal for lobbies, entrances, exteriors, reception spaces, work areas, and more. These mats will help you get your message across.
Proform by Creative Flooring Concepts Inc.

www.proformmat.com • (888) 331-3100

Two new patterns from Pacificrest – BATIK and FRESCO – feature crisp, clean colors and vibrant shades. Both carpet products have the benefits of Antron StainRESIST™ fiber technology for long-lasting performance. The Antron® fiber is Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) certified to have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared to other products that serve the same purpose.
BATIK and FRESCO by Pacificrest.

www.pacificrest.com • (800) 522-8838

The FGS/PermaShine Polished Concrete Floor System’s durability can be measured in terms of decades. The low-VOC flooring system includes a concrete hardener, coloring system, stain repellant, and conditioner for cost-saving maintenance. The product’s high-gloss finish and bright color pigments increase reflectivity and reduce lighting outlays.
FGS/PermaShine Polished Concrete Floor System by L&M Construction Chemicals.

www.lmcc.com • (800) 362-3331
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Element is an industrial-grade air-movement solution that’s ideal for large commercial spaces, such as shopping malls, office buildings, churches, and recreational facilities. The fan is designed to be beautiful while saving energy. Element is extremely powerful, yet it uses less energy than even the most efficient small ceiling fan in production today.
Element by Big Ass Fans.

www.bigassfans.com • (877) BIG-FANS
Tools & Equipment

The LiftPod® is a movable aerial work platform that combines the portability of a ladder with the stability of a work platform. With an enclosed platform and a 14-foot working height, the LiftPod allows workers to move within the basket, hands free, helping to increase safety. The platform contains a work tray to carry tools and materials, increasing productivity.
LiftPod by JLG Industries Inc.

www.liftpod.com • (877) JLG-LIFT

The HOBO Remote Monitoring System is a state-of-the-art, industrial-grade data-logging system that provides facility managers, energy managers, and others with instant access to energy and HVAC/R data anywhere, any time, via the Internet. The system also includes a relay that can be activated by alarm conditions for automatically turning equipment on and off, such as pumps or ventilators.
HOBO Remote Monitoring System by Onset Computer Corp.

www.onsetcomp.com • (800) LOGGERS
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Fire-safety Services

Fire and Smoke Damper Inspection Services from Life Safety Serv­ices help building owners meet compliance standards. Working in facilities throughout North America, its project managers and technicians are highly experienced in the fire- and smoke-damper-testing process, and the nuances involved in working in various facility types, such as hospitals, offices, research laboratories, and manufacturing plants.
Fire and Smoke Damper Inspection Services by Life Safety Services.

www.lifesafetyservices.com • (888) 675-4519

A chair with an ultra-streamlined design that’s both elegant and minimalist, Lizz was created by Piero Lissoni. It’s manufactured in one single piece using gas-blowing technology; it also has a squared contour, a wide seat, and a low, roomy backrest. The chair comes in a wide range of colors and is extremely stable, shockproof, and scratch resistant, and it can withstand all weather conditions.
Lizz by Kartell.

www.kartellus.com • (212) 367-3701

Nautilus from Innovations in Wallcoverings is a new addition to the Innvironments Collection of eco-friendly wallcoverings. Created from ultra-thin layers of mica adhered to cellulose backing, Nautilus features an organic look and a radiant finish. The product can handle curves and corners, and is available in six colors.
Nautilus by Innovations in Wallcoverings Inc.

www.innovationsusa.com • (800) 227-8053
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Maintenance Services

NightResponse’s experienced technicians, with fully equipped vehicles, will respond on-site to every after-hours call on nights, weekends, and holidays. At the site, they quickly assess each property and strategically mitigate incidents without having to locate a costly after-hours service person. A comprehensive report and action procedure keep you informed. Better after-hours service and response can help reduce emergency and maintenance repairs, increase operational efficiencies, reduce insurance rates, and reduce staff overtime.
Property Incident Management Services by NightResponse.

www.nightresponse.com • (866) NResponse
Access Control

Kaba Access Control’s Peaks® Preferred Patented Key Control System offers quality, flexibility, and extensive retrofitability, all in the convenience of one key system. Replacements or upgrades are simple and economical, and the long patent life extends through 2024. You have complete control over key duplication.
Peaks Preferred Patented Key Control System by Kaba Access Control.

www.kabaaccess.com • (800) 849-8324
Life/Fire Safety

Potter Electric Signal Co.’s AMSECO SS/SR (speaker only), SSC (ceiling speaker/strobe), and SSS/SSR (speaker/strobe) Series speakers are designed to provide the clearest audible sound with a high audio output at a minimum wattage. The speakers are suitable for fire-protective signaling systems, emergency evacuation, and mass-notification systems.
SS/SR, SSC, and SSS/SSR Series by Potter Electric Signal Co.

www.pottersignal.com • (800) 325-3936
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HSS 535 and HSS 540 R2R solvent-free silicone roof coatings are one-component, moisture-curing silicone rubber roof coatings designed for use on sprayed-in-place polyurethane foam. The products are environmentally friendly and can be rolled or spray applied, and touch-up work can be done with a brush or a roller.
HSS 535 and HSS 540 R2R by West Development Group.

www.wdgsilicones.com • (866) 924-4585
Tools & Equipment

Gateway Safety’s Wheelz™ Goggles are part safety glasses and part safety goggles, combining popular sport styling with the maximum splash and impact protection of a goggle. Unlike traditional goggles, Wheelz eyewear has a compact, lightweight frame made of soft, flexible material for all-day comfort – they don’t leave red rings on the wearer’s face.
Wheelz Goggles by Gateway Safety.

www.gatewaysafety.com • (800) 822-5347
Emergency Lighting

Luna Glow sleeves create an emergency lighting solution by simply slipping over an existing fluorescent lamp. The sleeves require no maintenance or testing, don’t rely on main power or batteries, and are 100-percent failsafe. Held in place with end caps, the sleeve soaks up energy from the powered lamp and provides illumination when the lights go out.
Luna Glow sleeves by Shat-R-Shield.

www.shattershield.com • (800) 223-0853
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Life/Fire Safety

The Evac+Chair® requires no construction, arrives fully operational, and has a 5-year warranty. The product is virtually maintenance free, requiring little more than visual inspections. The chair has proven its life-saving features in various emergency evacuations around the world – most notably during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when it provided a means of escape for several survivors.
Evac+Chair by Evac+Chair North America LLC.

www.evac-chair.com • (516) 502-4240
Pest Control

Bird Spike 2000 helps prevent building damage caused by bird droppings. The spikes are made from recycled materials and are the most inexpensive spikes available. Bird Spike 2000 won’t harm birds or the environment, and is an effective and humane way to deter birds from landing on window ledges, rooflines, parapet walls, beams, and more.
Bird Spike 2000 by Bird-B-Gone Inc.

www.birdbgone.com • (800) 392-6915

Define your space with Parametre by 3form. This innovative 3-D textile system creates shade, shadow, and light. Parametre, which is fully recyclable at the end of its life, can be used in a variety of applications, such as partitions, wall treatments, outdoor screens, window treatments, ceiling applications, room dividers, light diffusers, and more.
Parametre by 3form.

www.3-form.com • (801) 649-2500
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Meltdown Glass Art & Design introduces a new texture: Rigo. Raw plates of glass are transformed into an architectural product that exhibits the multi-sensory qualities of form, texture, color, and light. The product can be specified and installed like regular glazing products, and is suitable for any window-glass application.
Rigo by Meltdown Glass Art & Design.

www.meltdownglass.com • (800) 845-6221

The FirstLine® OC power-distribution cabinet from Staco Energy Products Co. provides a comprehensive, flexible power-distribution solution. The cabinet is customizable to fit virtually any application, and it reduces installation time by providing maintenance bypass, branch circuit distribution, and voltage transformation in a single cabinet.
FirstLine OC power-distribution cabinet by Staco Energy Products Co.

www.stacoenergy.com • (866) 261-1191

The SaniGrasp antimicrobial door pull for public restroom doors eliminates the need for restroom users to touch dirty doorknobs after washing their hands. SaniGrasp is a patented, stainless-steel door pull – treated with an antimicrobial treatment – that permits the use of the forearm instead of hands to open the door, minimizing the chance of cross contamination.
SaniGrasp by Component Hardware Group.

www.chgusa.com • (800) 526-3694
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Water Heaters

The T-M50 tankless water heater from Takagi uses two heavy-duty heat exchangers to produce up to 380,000 BTUs per hour, making it the most powerful tankless water heater in the industry. The dual system ensures that, if one unit were to break down, the other would continue operating without any interruption.
T-M50 tankless water heater by Takagi.

www.takagi.com • (888) 882-5244

DensGlass Gold® exterior sheathing from Georgia-Pacific Gypsum is a moisture-resistant gypsum panel used for building envelopes, ceilings, and soffits. With paperless fiber glass mats and a moisture-resistant core, DensGlass Gold resists the effects of surface water exposure during and after construction, all while resisting mold.
DensGlass Gold exterior sheathing by Georgia-Pacific Gypsum.

www.gp.com • (800) 284-5347

The eNook Pro is a secure, wall-mounted workspace that makes the most of limited space and is ideal for use as a hallway station, notebook desk, or walk-up computer station. Like a Murphy bed, flip the desk shelf up to close and lock computer equipment out of sight. The worksurface is made of Kydex, with safe, rounded edges.
eNook Pro by Anthro Corp.

www.anthro.com • (800) 325-3841
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MBCI’s LokSeam SSR Roof Panel System is a snap-together system featuring a 1.75-inch-high vertical leg that creates interesting shadow lines along the length of a building. LokSeam products are self cleaning and easy to maintain, and the energy efficiency and recycled content of metal roofs can help earn LEED points.
LokSeam SSR Roof Panel System by MBCI.

www.mbci.net • (877) 713-6224

Baby Changing Stations from Rubbermaid meet all global safety standards and feature antimicrobial protection for hygienic use and peace of mind. The safe and ergonomic stations provide a choice of horizontal or vertical designs to fit the layout of restrooms or changing rooms.
Baby Changing Stations by Rubbermaid Commercial Products.

www.rcpworksmarter.com • (540) 667-8700

The ELD-1000 PRO-Alert™ is a portable refrigerant leak detector that features high-performance heated-diode sensor technology to accurately detect refrigerant leaks as small as 0.03 to 0.06 ounces per year. The product has dual-sensitivity controls and is self calibrating, neutralizing background contamination.
ELD-1000 PRO-Alert by Spectronics Corp.

www.spectroline.com • (800) 274-8888
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Storage Equipment

The Dero Park-N-Pak turns dead space into storage space. The Park-N-Pak fits into a parking stall and hangs above the hood of the car, making use of previously unused space. It can be adjusted up and down, allowing it to work with all cars. Each unit holds two bikes, along with other items. Wall-mounted and interior stall models are available.
Park-N-Pak by Dero Bike Rack Co.

www.dero.net • (800) 891-9298

System Integrator 5 (SI 5) brings together AutoCAD and Microsoft Visio in one complete solution. SI 5 links all equipment information, from product lists to drawings, and creates a dynamically linked, instantly updated project file. The software dramatically reduces time and costs in creating bids, system design, and project documentation.
System Integrator 5 by D-Tools Inc.

www.d-tools.com • (925) 681-2326
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