Tools of the Trade

May 1, 2008

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


Extreme CCTV’s EX85 Megapixel IP Imager is now compatible with products from OnSSI. A culmination of today’s most advanced imaging technologies, the EX85 incorporates dual megapixel sensors, IP infrared imaging design, and Black Diamond™ active-infrared night vision technology in an all-weather enclosure. EX85 Megapixel IP Imager by Extreme CCTV Inc.

CyberLock® electronic padlocks cannot be compromised by conventional lock-picking methods. Each CyberLock comes with a CyberKey that cannot be duplicated, and you can restrict access to selected locks on specific days and times. Every time the Cyber­Key opens a padlock, a record of the event is stored in both the padlock and the key. CyberLock by Videx Inc.

SendAlarm is an easy-to-use, emergency-only notification system capable of alerting thousands of people in seconds via cell phones, computers, and pagers. Completely Web-based, SendAlarm is designed to instantly distribute emergency notifications to the communication devices that people use most, including text, voice, page, e-mail, or computer-broadcast messages. SendAlarm by e.magination.


The Divar MR family of mid-range digital versatile recorders (DVRs) combines high-quality digital recording with flexible alarm handling, camera control, and remote management into an integrated video-management solution that’s easy to install and simple to use. The Divar MR delivers real-time recording and playback in CIF resolution. Divar MR by Bosch Security Systems Inc.

The i-Pro WV-NS954 indoor PTZ dome camera is the most advanced PTZ available. Its SDIII technology delivers the highest-quality images attainable in any lighting condition, and the product helps facilitate the transition to a networked environment with easy integration into new and existing analog and digital installations. i-Pro WV-NS954 by Panasonic System Solutions Co.

SDC’s E5 Series Entry Check™ is a 3,000-user access-control reader designed for standalone or PC-managed applications with a network of up to 99 readers. The E5 reader is equipped with a compact-sized remote relay module that incorporates all control input and output contacts for high-security applications. E5 Series Entry Check by SDC.

Plumbing & Washrooms

Chicago Faucets’ 1.5 GPM Softflo® aerators allow for compliance with local plumbing codes that require an aerator with lower water consumption than standard 2.2 GPM aerators. Features include standard threads, an anti-clogging dome screen, and an anti-liming screen to prevent scale build-up. 1.5 GPM Softflo by Chicago Faucets.


Bella is a large-format collection of glazed porcelain tiles inspired by one of the world’s oldest and most distinguished natural stones: travertine. Produced in the United States and readily available for timely distribution, Bella meets all ADA requirements for slip resistance. The tile is available in 18 inches by 18 inches, as well as in a 13-inch by 13-inch large-format size. Bella tile by Mediterranea.


Airolite louvers withstand impact, wind, differential pressure, and vibration focus. Available in 24 standard color Kynar 500® and Hylar 5000® resin coatings, the louvers were recently approved by the Florida Building Code Office for use in the Wind-Borne Debris Region because of their demonstrated durability. Louvers by The Airolite Co.


Carnegie’s Xorel textiles are now available in new patterns: Glide and Slide. The textiles are non-absorbent, requiring only simple, regular maintenance. Both fabrics are ideal for use in high-traffic areas and in hospitality or office settings. Glide and Slide are free of PVC, plasticizers, heavy metals, ozone-depleting chemicals, and topical finishes. Xorel textiles by Carnegie.

IAQ Monitoring

The IAQPoint monitor integrates with existing building-automation systems and delivers three indoor air quality sensor outputs. Easy integration of IAQPoint into most building-automation systems is facilitated through its wide array of analog and digital outputs, and the snap-fit mounting bracket attaches to a standard electrical box. IAQPoint by Honeywell Analytics.


The redesigned Uponor proPANEL® mixing panels feature a host of innovations that speed installation, improve control, and simplify set-up for radiant heating and cooling systems. Fully assembled and wired with Cat5 or RJ45 connectors, the proPANEL units are modular and meet the needs of any radiant application. proPANEL by Uponor Inc.


ProRoc® Level V Wall & Ceiling Primer/Surfacer is a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) product that is suitable for spray and roll-on applications. Creating a smooth finish, the product eliminates the intensive labor necessary to achieve a high-quality wall finish using traditional methods. ProRoc Level V Wall & Ceiling Primer/Surfacer by CertainTeed Corp.

Wiring Methods

The Lev-Lok™ Modular Receptacle System from Leviton simplifies the installation of receptacles by eliminating time-consuming steps. The system consists of a wiring module with wire leads and a rugged duplex receptacle with solid brass locking connection pins. The Lev-Lok system is ideal for new construction, large facility additions, and retrofits. Lev-Lok Modular Receptacle System by Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc.


Handi-Foam® Low Density spray foam is an open-cell foam in disposable packaging that offers outstanding sound-deadening properties. Handi-Foam is semi rigid and has an average tack-free time of 30 to 40 seconds, fully curing within 1 hour. The product assists in stopping air infiltration, sound deadening, and adding insulation value. Handi-Foam Low Density spray foam by Fomo Products Inc.


Acriglas® Impressions is a textured line of acrylic sheets ideal for use in point-of-purchase displays, store fixtures, furniture, lighting, and architectural applications where tempered glass would not be a practical choice. Recreating the look of architecturally patterned glass, Impressions is available in nine standard textures that can be customized to any color. Acriglas Impressions by Acrilex Inc.


The E-Mon D-Mon® product line now includes 3-phase kWh submeters with 15-minute interval data recording capability. Operation requires no cellular contract, and the wireless receivers are FCC certified to not interfere with existing infrastructure. The new interface modules extend wireless capability to installed E-Mon submeters, as well as gas and water for any new or retrofit application. 3-Phase Meter by E-Mon LLC.


Eaton Corp.’s Pulsar UPS, sold under the MGE Office Protection Systems brand, is an advanced, double-conversion, online system that offers premium power quality and availability for protecting the most sophisticated network, telephony, medical, and industrial applications. The Pulsar family meets the higher power requirements of today’s high-density servers. Pulsar UPS by MGE Office Protection Systems/Eaton Corp.


URBANCANYONS® is an online service that provides real-time air-quality data and emergency 911 information feeds to a network of registered users, improving the flow of critical and potentially life-saving data in emergencies. Building owners, facility managers, property managers, and select tenants can use this service to access and communicate vital information. URBANCANYONS by Coastal Environmental Systems.

Maintenance Equipment

Tornado’s automatic floor scrubbers are available in standard rotary disk format and cylindrical brush format. The machines have cleaning paths that range from 18 to 33 inches, with 11- to 30-gallon tanks. Designed for every user, the machines are made of durable rotomold polyethylene. Automatic floor scrubbers by Tornado.

Fire Safety

SpectrAlert® Advance is a refined series of audible/visible notification appliances, including indoor and outdoor selectable-output horns and chimes. The series features a plug-in design that allows installers to pre-wire mounting plates and check wiring continuity before installing any devices. SpectrAlert Advance by System Sensor.


The Q6 Series is a power supply center of high-quality, performance-based Toroidal Transformers. Q6 is the first and only group of transformers specifically designed, engineered, and UL Listed for mounting in any of six available positions. The series offers three different mounting options and a decorative shroud for a clean look. Q6 Series by Q-Tran Inc.


Allsteel’s Relate™ seating line is known for its innovative ergonomics and great design. The line offers a scalable seating solution for all areas of the work environment. Relate now includes four new options for its popular side chair that further expand its application into new spaces: wood back, polymer seat, silver finish, and four-legged stool. Relate by Allsteel Inc.

Sealants & Coatings

The TEC Single Layer Floor System allows direct-bond tile installation in wood-frame construction. While traditional methods require two layers of flooring beneath the tile, this system enables installers to directly bond tile to the OSB or plywood subfloor in three easy steps. The system is suitable for light commercial applications using ceramic or porcelain tiles. TEC Single Layer Floor System by Specialty Construction Brands Inc.


The Renaissance™ Option from Moduline Window Systems resurrects a neoclassical architectural style, offering the retro look of wood and steel windows of the past. Advanced glazing technology has eliminated the use of putty glaze, but the Renaissance glazing system replicates the look and restores the popular sloped exterior appearance. Renaissance Option by Moduline Window Systems.

Lighting Controls

IEPC’s VB400 and Vari-Ballast Control (VBC) lighting controls save you money from the first month of use, with up to 25- to 70-percent savings in energy every month. The VB400 system is meant to replace outdated high-bay and low-bay HID fixtures, and the VBC enables the use of T5 and T8 fluorescent ballasts. VB400 and VBC by IEPC Corp.


The MatchPort® b/g Pro is the industry’s most secure embedded 802.11 b/g networking module. An ideal networking solution for data-sensitive, regulatory, and IT-driven applications, the MatchPort b/g Pro features SmartRoam technology and provides users with reliability and mobility. MatchPort b/g Pro by Lantronix Inc.

Switch Panels

APEM’s dynamic membrane switch panels are ideal for a variety of applications, including operating rooms, diagnostic centers, and bedside controls. The panels feature embossed graphics, integrated LEDs, selective solvent-resistant textures, colored window displays, and more. The panels are typically designed with stainless steel domes for durable, tactile response. Membrane switch panels by APEM Components Inc.


Alera Lighting has a new, easy-to-navigate Web interface that provides specifiers, contractors, and end-users with a variety of product-searching techniques. The website’s comprehensive product pages are extremely fast and user friendly, placing all product information together in one location. Users can also browse by industry. www.aleralighting.com by Alera Lighting/Div. Hubbell Lighting.

Infrared Imaging

FLIR’s ThermaCAM® T-Series features exceptional ergonomics that reduce back and arm strain, razor-sharp visible and thermal image quality, and Microsoft® Word compatibility, which ensures seamless e-mail integration with live thermal reports. Voice and Touch Screen controls provide end-users with sophistication, ease of use, and affordability. ThermaCAM T-Series by FLIR Systems Inc.


Meyda Lighting’s ADA Wall Sconces, made of Fused Art Glass, feature dramatic glass styles and colors. Each sconce is designed to meet ADA standards and is handcrafted in the United States by Meyda Lighting craftsmen, who are responsible for high-temperature-fusing art glass into unique wall-fixture designs. Custom designs are also available. ADA Fused Art Glass Wall Sconces by Meyda Lighting.


AIR-SHIELD THRU-WALL FLASHING is a self-adhering, flexible membrane flashing for masonry concrete, wood/steel frames, and roofing applications. The product is designed for use as a thru-wall flashing and damp-proofing course. Its cross-laminated polyethylene film has excellent tensile strength, elongation, and tear resistance. AIR-SHIELD THRU-WALL FLASHING by W.R. MEADOWS.


The Model SRH Humidity Series from Setra Systems is designed to measure relative humidity in a room, a duct, or outside. Featuring a replaceable sensor tip that ensures an accurate, calibrated, and cost-effective humidity-control system, the product line consists of a wall display, duct mount, and an outside air unit. Model SRH Humidity Series by Setra Systems.


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