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Declare labels for 6 PROSOCO products

Six PROSOCO products have received Declare labels from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), an achievement which further demonstrates PROSOCO’s commitment to materials transparency.

Declare is regarded as the toughest materials transparency standard in sustainable construction. The process involves disclosing product ingredients down to the 100 ppm range.

PROSOCO’s newly Declare-labeled products are:

This achievement brings the total number of Declare-participating PROSOCO products to seven. Consolideck LS became the first-ever concrete finish to receive a Declare label in 2014.

The five R-Guard products to receive Declare labels are now listed on the Declare website with the coveted designation of “Red List-Free.” In addition, the entire catalog of Consolideck ColorHard pigmented stains is included in the Declare product catalog. Living Building Challenge (LBC) design teams need only list the Declare registration numbers for automatic fulfillment of LBC 3.0 Materials Petal documentation requirements.

Also read: Dwayne Fuhlhage’s update on The Bullitt Center Effect: Materials Market Transformation

A veteran’s revival

We love to see the real-world environments where our products are used. A post on our Facebook page last week served as a good reminder that sometimes, the most important PROSOCO jobs aren’t big multi-million dollar projects. They’re the ones carried out by tireless volunteers dedicated to preserving a small piece of American history.

Ken McKay Jr.’s passion for history and genealogy led him to create the North Shore Cemetery Preservation Project in Massachusetts to “keep alive the memory of soldiers’ past through recording information, …photographing and transcribing headstones… and giving these veterans long forgotten the dignified recognition they deserve for generations forward to see.”

McKay’s non-profit uses PROSOCO’s Enviro Klean ReVive exclusively to restore these headstones. And you could say he’s very pleased with the results. He writes, “Any preservationist’s motto is, ‘Do no harm,’ and your product falls right in line with that. (It) allows us to restore dignity and honor to our veterans long since gone.”

“The pictures are proof positive that ReVive is a miracle product and has far exceeded any expectations I ever had. I recommend and endorse using ReVive to private cemeteries in the cleaning and restoration of their headstones every chance I get.”

Ken’s photos really do speak for themselves:

Cpl. Sylvester Blaney's headstone before cleaning with ReVive.

Cpl. Sylvester Blaney’s headstone before cleaning with ReVive.

The headstone just after cleaning with PROSOCO's ReVive.

The headstone just after cleaning with PROSOCO’s ReVive.

The same headstone 6 months later.

The same headstone 6 months later.

 

 

A new kind of MVP

We don’t play favorites when it comes to our products at PROSOCO. That’d be akin to choosing to tell your children that you have a favorite child.

So while we won’t say that our newest product offering, R-Guard Spray Wrap MVP fluid-applied air- and water-resistive barrier, is our favorite, we can say that it’s better than ever. That’s because it combines the best attributes of its separate predecessors, R-Guard Spray Wrap and R-Guard MVP (which actually stands for maximum vapor permeability). In fact, Spray Wrap MVP meets or exceeds the performance values of the individual products.

Designed to offer our customers a simplified product offering, Spray Wrap MVP boasts a lower VOC content and higher moisture vapor transmission rate than its separate predecessors. It’ll also retain the classic light red color that’s so widely recognized throughout the construction industry.

It’s currently in stock and available for order. Contact your PROSOCO Customer Care rep today at 800-255-4255 to order Spray Wrap MVP or to learn more information.

An SWRI first

SWRI logoPROSOCO’s training program for our R-Guard air- and water-resistive air barrier products recently received approval by the Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute’s Validated Training Program. This milestone represents a first in the industry — the training program is the first of its kind for air barrier products to achieve this validation.

Our customers can now sign up for our air barrier training programs with the confidence that they’ll not only learn how to use our products effectively, but also that the training meets all requirements set forth by the SWRI.

According to the SWRI, the Validated Training Program was developed several years ago to elevate the industry’s training standards by developing a set of criteria for training programs.

Need more information? Contact Dave Kimball, PROSOCO technical specialist, at dave.kimball@prosoco.com.

PROSOCO R-Guard products make prestigious Top 10 listWe got great news this week — our R-Guard fluid-applied Cat 5 air barrier system has been awarded a coveted spot on BuildingGreen’s Top 10 Green Products list for 2015.

This isn’t just any old Top 10 list — it’s a veritable “who’s who” of the green building materials industry and includes products across all sectors.

“To appear on BuildingGreen’s Top 10 list is one of the most prestigious honors that PROSOCO has received in my tenure here, and one that we’re extremely proud of,” said Dwayne Fuhlhage, PROSOCO’s sustainability and environment director. “We at PROSOCO have been privileged to collaborate with the best design, engineering and construction firms in the world. I’m excited to see high-performance designs, durable assemblies and Net Zero Energy buildings moving to the mainstream.”

PROSOCO R-Guard fluid-applied Cat 5 air barrier system was praised by BuildingGreen as “representing one of the best in the class.” The components of the Cat 5 system – Joint & Seam Filler, FastFlash and Cat 5, “are all based on the same high-performance ‘hybrid’ polymer chemistry, which has no solvents or isocyanates.”

PROSOCO’s removal of phthalate plasticizers from the system has also enabled its use on Living Building Challenge projects like the Bullitt Center.

PROSOCO was also commended for its support to architects and contractors as well as its leadership role in ingredient disclosure protocols.

“The company offers technical support during both design and construction, and has been a leader in disclosure of ingredients, with this and other products carrying a Health Product Declaration (HPD).”

To learn more about how PROSOCO can help you create a superior building, call us at 800-255-4255 for samples, technical data, specifications assistance and more.

Read more about PROSOCO’s commitment to sustainability and transparency.

The PROSOCO difference

Wanna know what you get when you choose PROSOCO products?

We could go on and on about our best-in-class customer support, technical staff who help solve problems for customers out in the field, and customized laboratory testing, but we think this video speaks for itself. Learn about all the ways we at PROSOCO work every day to make the jobs of our customers easier, less complicated and more successful.

 

R-Guard goes residential

Jeff Shaw of Hugh J. Lofting Construction Management Services demonstrates how to make a rough opening air- and moisture-tight with PROSOCO R-Guard products.

Jeff Shaw of Hugh J. Lofting Construction Management Services demonstrates how to make a rough opening air- and moisture-tight with PROSOCO R-Guard products.

Demand for energy-efficient homes is growing, and where there’s a need for energy efficiency, there’s a need for our R-Guard fluid-applied air- and water-resistive barrier products.

Hugh J. Lofting Construction Management Services, a Pennsylvania-based builder, recently posted this video about a Passive House residence in Chester County, Pa., which used our R-Guard products Joint & Seam Filler and FastFlash.

Jeff Shaw of the company demonstrates in the video how to apply each element of the rough opening flashing membrane. Some people use a normal silicone caulk and think that’s going to do the trick, he said, but it doesn’t.

“It’s not nearly as effective for air and water,” he said in the demo. “Put a wet product on a window that someone spent a lot of money for, and smear it all around? I’d rather install a window on a dry cured product that in the end is going to work better anyway.”

Watch the entire video here >>>

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