Article No: 148

2006-05-03 08:30:41
Green News
By: Concrete Homes


EnviroCare Corporation introduces ForSite for mold protection
Wilmington, Mass.-based EnviroCare Corporation has expanded its product line with ForSite,™ a mold-protection product. The new coating product is making its national retail distribution at home and garden centers, hardware stores, lumberyards and paint and wallcovering stores.

"ForSite is being introduced at a time when many insurance companies offer terrorism coverage but will not insure against the extraordinary risk of mold. This is an indication of the serious liability risk mold and mildew poses, and why this product is so timely," explains Bryan Redler, CEO of EnviroCare Corporation.

ForSite is a patent-pending product based on long-lasting, anti-microbial properties of engineered silver, proven to prevent the growth of mold, mildew and odor-causing bacteria. The silver in ForSite is unlike traditional paint additives, based on organic compounds, mainly water-soluble borate salts, and quats that degrade over time or even faster in the presence of moisture. Because the active ingredient is inorganic, the pre-mixed, silver-based ForSite remains effective indefinitely. The silver releases silver ions in the presence of moisture to inhibit mold. (Silver is widely used to prevent microbes in medical applications such as implants, and in food production environments and water filtration systems.)

ForSite may be applied in all wall cavities as well as on such porous surfaces as concrete, where mold can gain a foothold. ForSite may also be used in conjunction with mold remediation as a final step in restoring water-damaged building materials. ForSite goes on like paint or stain, and is water-based for easy clean-up. It is available in clear for exterior surfaces or light blue for wall cavities. Applications typically dry within a few hours.

Applications include residential and commercial buildings, air-handling and ventilation ducts, food preparation areas, patios, decks, walkways, tile and bathrooms. Construction materials such as plywood, boards, Drywall, OSB/sheathing, concrete panels and other masonry products may be coated with ForSite prior to installation.

The product is backed with a 10-year warranty on interior/wall cavity applications with guaranteed protection from mold growth on the coating. Exposed surfaces should be re-coated periodically depending on traffic or UV light and environmental exposure. ForSite's EPA-registered and FDA-approved silver-based additive is non-hazardous to ship or handle. No special licensing or training is needed. Application cost is three to 10 cents per square foot.

For retail locations, call (877) 463-2628.

Definitive pervious concrete manual introduced
Pervious concrete as a paving material has seen renewed interest due to its ability to allow water to flow through itself, recharging groundwater and minimizing stormwater runoff. The Portland Cement Association, in cooperation with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, is pleased to introduce Pervious Concrete Pavements, a reference manual on this sustainable construction technique.

This guidebook introduces readers to pervious concrete's applications and engineering properties, including environmental benefits, structural properties and durability. Both hydraulic and structural designs of pervious concrete pavements are discussed, as well as construction techniques.

For more information or to order, visit the PCA Bookstore at cement.org/bookstore. Orders can also be placed by calling (800) 868-6733 or (847) 972-9040. Cost is $25.

NAHB affirms commitment to green homes
At the International Builders Show in Orlando, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) renewed its commitment to support mainstream home builders who are going green. The show, which drew more than 110,000 attendees, offered builders many different venues to gather information on green building. BuilderBooks.com, the NAHB's on-site bookstore, featured the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council's (SBIC) Green Building Guidelines up front. The book identifies concrete containing recycled waste, autoclaved cellular concrete (ACC) and ICFs as recommended foundation materials for green building.