Custom's Emerald System includes Carbon Credits

Custom Building Products has launched its Emerald System of products. These products feature recycled material content and low VOCs, are manufactured regionally to reduce their energy footprint, and comply with all major green building initiatives, including ANSI (American National Standards Institute), CALGreen (California Green Building Standards Code) and USGBC (United States Green Building Council).

Additionally, when a project using Emerald System Products is registered for a warranty, Custom Building Products will purchase Carbon Credits from TerraPass to offset the amount of CO2 created from the cement used in its products.

“With the introduction of the Emerald System, we are taking action today to make green compliance easier and move forward on reducing CO2 emissions,” said Steve Taylor, Custom Building Products’ director of technical marketing.

Kelly named grand prize winner of Zeftron sustainability contest

Julie Kelly, an interior designer at Chicago Design Network, was recently named the grand prize   winner of Zeftron nylon’s second annual Sustainable Practices Award. Sheri Gorman, RD Weis Co.’s director of business development/marketing, was runner up.

Kelly was selected for various eco-friendly lifestyle practices, which include reselling technology equipment and recycling materials at work as well as using energy-efficient products at home. Gorman’s sustainability efforts include coordinating reclamation activities for her customers and recycling clothes.

“Honoring professionals like Julie and Sheri who live green at home, at work and in their communities is a key part of our ongoing environmental awareness efforts,” said Timothy Blount, Zeftron business leader.

Kelly selected Greensburg GreenTown, a non-profit in Greensburg, Kan., to receive a $1,000 donation in her name. A $250 donation was made on Gorman’s behalf to City Parks Foundation, a non-profit in New York City.

Entries for the 2011 Zeftron nylon Sustainable Practices Award will be accepted on Earth Day 2011, April 22.  For more information visit

Two W.W. Henry adhesives earn FloorScore certification

The W.W. Henry Co. has received the Resilient Floor Covering Institute’s (RFCI) FloorScore Certification, designating excellent indoor air quality, for HENRY 430 ClearPro Clear VCT (Vinyl Composition Tile) and HENRY 640 VinylLock Pressure Sensitive Vinyl Flooring adhesives.

“We are very pleased to have achieved this important designation,” said Mike Crouch, vp & gm of The W.W. Henry Co. In addition to having achieved the FloorScore certification, both products were recently launched with improved moisture resistance up to 90%RH.

“Our resolve to reduce our environmental footprint, as well as deliver premium products that provide a distinct competitive advantage to our customers, is unwavering,” stated Stephan M. Liozu, president & ceo, ARDEX Americas.

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GreenGuard part of UL's AQS acquisition

UL Environment, a business unit of Underwriters Laboratories, has reached an agreement with Air Quality Sciences Inc. (AQS) to acquire AQS and its certifying body, the GreenGuard Environmental Institute. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“This acquisition combines AQS’s world-class technology and expertise, as well as GreenGuard’s brand recognition and scientific rigor, with UL’s trusted history of standards development, testing, and compliance to create a more comprehensive solution for testing and certification,” said Steve Wenc, UL Environment president.

“By joining forces with such a recognized and reputable brand as UL, we are confident that we will boost consumer confidence in the green product marketplace,” noted Dr. Marilyn Black, founder of the GreenGuard Environmental Institute and chairperson at AQS.

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