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Tools of the Trade

April 1, 2008

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

Interior Finishes

Color Mirage™ by Applied Coatings Groupf is a dramatic and elegant linfe of decorative glass blocks. Designed to transmit or reflect specific colors, the Color Mirage blocks appear to change color as the viewer's perspective changes or the light sources relative to the product change in direction or intensity. The blocks come in an extensive line of colors, textures, and sizes, bringing a radically new design element to interior spaces. Color Mirage by Applied Coatings Group.

Polaris Punch & Polaris Footwork sports-flooring options are ideal for any sporting arena, health club, or multi-purpose room that will be used on a consistent basis and will see a significant amount of competitive action. Polaris Punch is available in six wooden styles and colors, and Polaris Footwork provides the necessary amount of traction for athletes, even when moisture is present. Polaris Punch & Polaris Footwork by FloorFolio Commercial Flooring.

An UltraGlas® wall is a unique architectural statement, offering complete design freedom and many environmental advantages. With a library of standard textures, designs, glass tints, finishes, and configuration options, UltraGlas allows you to be creative and paint your own canvas. Wall components can be bent and tempered, and also meet codes for safety glass. UltraGlas walls by UltraGlas Inc.


The Ambiente II HRC Series is a contemporary carpet collection of six new geometric patterns constructed of Antron® Legacy High Recycled content nylon fiber, which is EPP certified to have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment than other carpet. The series' high-recycled-content percentage makes it a consideration for earning LEED points. Ambiente II HRC Series by PacifiCrest Carpet.

Pro Industrial 0 VOC Acrylic from Sherwin-Williams delivers a durable finish while meeting all environmental standards. The zero-VOC coating can be applied in occupied spaces without the concern of disruptive odors within the space. The coatings in this line are easy to apply and offer the durability required to meet the aesthetic and maintenance needs of commercial and industrial buildings. Pro Industrial 0 VOC Acrylic by The Sherwin-Williams Co.

Siren is an embossed, Type II vinyl wallcovering that reads like a texture on the wall. Inspired by a floral pattern, Siren's strong architectural structure gives it a broad appeal. The product is 54-inches wide and comes in 12 colorways, ranging from a pale, cream-like "Dew" to strong, bold colors like the deep purple of "Passion." Siren by Knoll Textiles.

Sealants & Coatings

CHAPCO's CHAMPION™ is a one-part moisture-cure urethane adhesive for the installation of all wood flooring suitable for glue-down application. The product forms a superior, resilient bond with exceptional elongation and elasticity that stays flexible as the installed floor expands and contracts. CHAPCO's CHAMPION by Chapco Adhesive Inc./A Specialty Construction Brands Inc. Co.


Filtrete Commercial HVAC Filters can offer a marked return on investment by reducing energy, maintenance, and life-cycle costs associated with traditional ventilation systems. The filters' integral seals help reduce air bypass, which can decrease particle deposits and cleaning costs for HVAC coils, ducts, and occupied spaces. The potential savings are significant. Filtrete Commercial HVAC Filters by 3M.

Cleaning Equipment

Advance's Adphibian™ walk-behind carpet extractor/automatic scrubber enables you to use only one machine to pre-spray and extract carpet, as well as to scrub hard floors. Features such as Advance's LIFT™ low-moisture cleaning technology and AXP™ onboard detergent-dispensing system make the Adphibian ideal for green cleaning programs. Adphibian by Advance by Nilfisk-Advance.


Nuheat Cable allows you to instantly make on-site adjustments to your floor heating coverage. To accommodate areas not traditionally warmed by Nuheat floor warming mats, the cable system combines installation versatility with advanced new technology. The cable system is energy efficient and has a 25-year warranty. Nuheat Cable by Nuheat.


The 1,000kW Rental Power unit from Cummins Power Generation is designed to be easy to operate and flexible. Certified to meet EPA Tier 2 emissions standards, the unit provides emergency power for commercial buildings, industrial plants, and public works facilities. Features include low emissions, increased running time, selectable voltages, and easy operator access for maintainability. 1,000kW Rental Power unit by Cummins Power Generation.

Fire Detection

The Gentex Firebyrd™ Series of photoelectric single- or multiple-station smoke alarms is ideal for use in commercial and mixed-use applications. Engineered to virtually eliminate nuisance alarms and deliver outstanding performance, the Firebyrd Series includes a push-button test to simulate 3.5-percent smoke condition and is UL 217 Listed and compliant with NFPA 72. Firebyrd Series by Gentex Corp.


Silhouette™ designer recycling receptacles from Rubbermaid Commercial Products support your recycling program while enhancing your décor. The contemporary design of perforated steel, combined with classically styled tops, provides an upscale look that is perfect in any environment. All models are constructed of heavy-gauge steel and can be specified round or square. Silhouette by Rubbermaid Commercial Products LLC.

Lighting Controls

Commercial occupancy sensors from Watt Stopper/Legrand incorporate sophisticated design details that make them aesthetically pleasing, easy to operate, and still durable enough to withstand the rigors of commercial use. Sporting a low-profile design that disappears into the ceiling tile, the sensors are available with passive infrared, ultrasonic, or patented dual-technology sensing for optimum performance. Occupancy sensors by Watt Stopper/Legrand.

Plumbing & Washrooms

Sloan's High-Efficiency Urinals (HEUs) utilize only 0.125 gallons of water to flush. Combining the vitreous china fixture with either a manual or sensor-operated flushometer, the HEUs provide effective, low-maintenance flushing in public restrooms while reducing water consumption by as much as 88 percent. Choose from either a manual Royal® Flushometer or from several battery-powered and hardwired sensor-operated models. High-Efficiency Urinals from Sloan Valve Co.

Pest Control

Migrate Turf Spray is a nontoxic repellent that makes grass areas unpalatable to geese and ducks. Simple and easy to use, Migrate is applied by spraying the product directly onto grass areas such as golf courses, parks, fields, or anywhere geese or ducks are causing a problem. The repellent lasts 3 months and will not wash off with rain or water. Migrate Turf Spray by Bird-B-Gone Inc.

Cleaning Equipment

KaiFly is a cleaner dispenser and pad used to swipe flat surfaces before the cleaning solution is swiped away by a squeegee. The product is ideal for germ-ridden areas like school restrooms, cafeteria tables, restaurants, and healthcare settings. Standard rag cleaning, with the cleaning solution left to air-dry, leaves behind 85-times more bacteria than the KaiFly method. KaiFly by Kaivac Inc.


Commercial packaged rooftop systems from McQuay are ideal for 1- to 3-story buildings, including offices, schools, libraries, and strip malls. They combine the lower installation costs and interior space savings of a roof-mounted system with the operating and maintenance efficiencies of central heating and cooling systems. Commercial packaged rooftop systems by McQuay Intl.

Cleaning Equipment

Green Works™ natural cleaning products from Clorox are as effective as conventional cleaners, but made from plant-based ingredients and certified by the EPA's Design for the Environment Program. In lab testing, Green Works products performed as well as or better than leading conventional cleaners, so professionals can now implement green cleaning with great results. Green Works by The Clorox Co.

Maintenance Equipment

The Eco-Saver™ Briquetting System from Security Engineered Machinery (SEM) reduces large volumes of loose waste to small, manageable briquettes. With a high-pressure hydraulic ram, the product compacts shredded paper, cardboard, and other light materials for recycling or easy disposal. Eco-Saver Briquetting System by SEM.


Unifin's flexible ForZair™ line of Transformer Oil Coolers provides superior performance in the most demanding applications. The coolers are designed for new transformers or for replacing existing installations that are out of life or overheating, requiring additional heat removal for higher capacities. ForZair coolers are available in forced oil-to-forced air, natural convection oil-to-water, and forced oil-to-water models. ForZair Coolers by Unifin Intl.


The Tamburo and Canto families of ceiling pendants and spotlights from Besa Lighting are handcrafted in clear glass with the dimensional texture of weathered sandstone. The luminaire hardware is offered with either satin nickel or bronze finish, and each fixture is designed to add to your building's wow factor. Tamburo and Canto by Besa Lighting.

Power Distribution

The Integrated Power Center 2 solution from Square D® Integrated Power and Control Solutions includes automatic transfer switch sections up to 400A and an increase in transformer sizes, providing solutions that are ideally suited for many commercial, retail, and industrial applications. The integrated equipment solutions provide space for larger transformers, resulting in cost and floorspace savings. Square D Integrated Power Center 2 by Schneider Electric.

Maintenance Equipment

The versatile RIDGID RP 330 pressing tool is the fastest pressing tool available, offered in a corded or battery version. The user-friendly tool makes quick connections, and the 270-degree jaw rotation and flattened top permit better accessibility in confined areas. A new gear ratio allows both models of the RIDGID RP 330 to perform in cold temperatures. RIDGID RP 330 by RIDGID.

Furniture Accessories

Details' certified Cradle-to-Cradle keyboard assembly is made from materials that were scrutinized for their impact on the environment. The keyboard mechanism is made from 98-percent recycled steel content, the keyboard platform uses 100-percent recycled kraft paper content, and the palm rest is made from a proprietary waterborne urethane. Cradle-to-Cradle Keyboard from Details/A Steelcase Co.


The Kodiak Series 7.5-ton spot cooler extends the reach and range of applications for portable equipment. Compact enough to fit through a 32-inch door, it cools large areas with fewer units, allowing easier transport and operation while using fewer electrical lines. Kodiak 7.5-ton spot cooler by Atlas Sales & Rentals Inc.

Wiring Methods

The LEVER-NUTS™ 222 Series of compact connectors is ideally suited for increasingly compact, complex applications where space is at a premium and just a two-wire termination point is needed. The product protects users against electrical shocks and employs an integral test point for testing/troubleshooting a circuit. LEVER-NUTS 222 Series by WAGO Corp.


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.

Thermal Imaging Equipment

The ICI Toughcam is a portable thermal imager that offers outstanding image quality and radiometric temperature measurement performance. An affordable, rugged, and easy-to-use infrared camera, the ICI Toughcam is equipped with four movable measurement points and three area boxes with tracking cursors. This product is ideal for many applications, and the software provides quick access to tools for analyzing the images. ICI Toughcam by Infrared Cameras Inc.


NOTIFIER's ONYX® Digital Voice Command digital audio evacuation, paging, and firefighter's telephone system uses eight channels of quality audio to deliver live, high-quality emergency paging while simultaneously broadcasting multiple distinct messages throughout an entire facility or to selected areas. This product provides critical information or instruction during an emergency, ensuring that your building's occupants have the right information. ONYX Digital Voice Command by Notifier/Div. Honeywell Intl.

HVAC Controls

The new vertical SimpleComfort® thermostats from ICM Controls Corp. are designed to simplify installations. The "V-Line" family includes four non-programmable models that are easy to install and configure, featuring accurate temperature control enhanced by ICM's patented Thermal Intrusion Barrier. All models are manual changeover. SimpleComfort vertical thermostats by ICM Controls Corp.


The TC AutoFoam™ Soap System from Technical Concepts is a wall-mounted, touch-free, hand-wash system that automatically dispenses foam soap. Ideal for facility providers who require soap systems that have high capacity, provide controlled usage, and encourage healthy hand washing, the TC AutoFoam Soap System delivers the right amount of soap every time - there is no waste from overuse. TC AutoFoam Soap System by Technical Concepts.

Security Software

The Virtual Site Manager™ is a multi-faceted business tool for any organization with retail sales operations. Every aspect of a retail environment can benefit from the software, which pairs Point of Sale (POS) workstation data with recorded video to provide a comprehensive record of transactions and cashiers' interactions with customers. The tool can also track and monitor employee attendance, behavior, appearance, and more. Virtual Site Manager by Panasonic System Solutions Co.

Tools & Equipment

Reelease™ is a custom-designed, motorized, retractable attachment method for metal fabric applications. Providing the ability to raise or lower metal fabric with the simple touch of a button, Reelease has a concealed, overhead-mounted, motorized reel that releases the metal fabric downward and retracts it upward for concealed storage, creating a movable definition of interior space. Reelease by Cambridge Architectural.

Sealants & Coatings

DECK-O-SHIELD is a ready-to-use sealer/water repellent for natural stone, concrete, and masonry surfaces. Designed for use on waterfalls in or around swimming pools, the product will limit the penetration of water into structurally sound, crack-free surfaces, and can also be used as a sealer/water repellent for stone decks, walkways, or patio areas. DECK-O-SHIELD by DECK-O-SEAL/Div. WR Meadows Inc.


Dar/Ran's Conference furniture offers meeting room solutions with visual presence, technology integration, and BacGuard antimicrobial surfaces. Richly finished veneer options, a wide selection of bases, and edge details allow corporations to convey their own culture and to coordinate units throughout the workplace. Conference by Dar/Ran.

Tools & Equipment

Hyster's Yardmaster II reach stackers are designed to fit the most demanding material handling jobs, able to work with load capacities of up to 101,000 pounds. Offering the tightest turning radius in the container-handling industry, the Yardmaster II allows maximum production with the least amount of effort. Yardmaster II by Hyster Co.

Security Monitoring

The new version of the ProSight-SMB 6.0 IP video surveillance platform for small and medium businesses allows you to easily access, identify, retrieve, and export events and exceptions. The new version is bundled with OnSSI's NetGuard-EVS video client, which enables remote monitoring, after-the-fact investigation assisted by digital PTZ into recorded images and access to motion-detection events, and export of evidence. ProSight-SMB 6.0 by OnSSI.


Featuring a slim profile and clean, crisp European detailing, Aspen is an affordable solution for anywhere in the modern office. Utilizing many years of ergonomic research and testing, Aspen has a universal level of comfort that works for all body sizes and types. The series comes in three varying back heights. Aspen by GLOBAL-The Total Office.

Sealants & Coatings

Hycrete Admixture integrally waterproofs concrete by shutting down capillary action, enabling concrete to repel water and chlorides. Hycrete technology provides hydrophobic concrete, replacing external membranes, or may be used in conjunction with membranes for added protection. Recommended applications include commercial sub-grade foundations/walls, parking garages, green roofs, etc. Hycrete Admixture by Hycrete Inc.

Maintenance Equipment

Kärcher's cold-water pressure washers use a hand-truck design for easy maneuvering. The four models deliver cleaning power of up to 3,600 PSI of pressure with a flow rate of up to 4 GPM. Featuring a rugged steel frame, the hand-truck pressure washers all come with Kärcher's patented, professional-grade axial pump integrated with a Honda engine. Hand-truck pressure washers from Kärcher.


GRÜV is a recessed linear slot lighting system that provides specifiers and designers with a smaller-scale, more architecturally pleasing palette of lighting solutions for the most discriminating environments. GRÜV's 3-inch aperture, with 1.5-inch-deep extruded aluminum splay and mitered corners, provides lighting that is effective and visually appealing. GRÜV by Amerlux Lighting Solutions.

Design Software

The USG Design Studio is a new, fully accessible, interactive specification toolkit. Available online, the design studio provides you with advanced capabilities and rich information resources needed to quickly and accurately design, compare, change, select, and specify the right products and systems for interiors. USG Design Studio by USG.

Plumbing & Washrooms

VAX valves by Assured Automation are for applications that require fast actuation, strict durability, and reliability. These compact valves combine a process valve and actuator in a single, integrated unit with only one moving part. The VAX valve has a coaxial design that offers high flow rates with minimal pressure loss, extending the valve's life-cycle. VAX Valves by Assured Automation.


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