Category Archives: Green Building Materials
As the OSHA’s silica June 23, 2017 compliance deadline is rapidly approaching, do you know which dust collection vacuum complies? Do you know how often filters need to be changed? Do you know the filter efficiency standard? If you answered no to any of these questions, don’t worry, in today’s Coptool post we will discuss OSHA’s silica regulation and approved products to ensure you’re in compliance!
OSHA has issued two standards in an effort to protect millions of construction workers from crystalline silica – one for construction and the other for general industry and maritime. Throughout this post, we will be focusing on the construction standard. OSHA recognizes that current silica regulations do not provide adequate protection for construction workers. With the new standard, OSHA is reducing the permissible exposure limit to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air over 8 hour time weighted average. Basically 1/5 of the previous standard of 250 micrograms per cubic meter of air over 8 hour time weighted average. Check out the Pulse-Bac Vacuum video above, they do the best job we have seen for outlining the basic details.
We fall into the category of people guilty of not using our programmable thermostats correctly. It was set correctly at one point but at season changes we found it actually being a little wasteful and easier to just set it manually. The Nest is a brand new thermostat that will learn your patterns make you more comfortable and save you money. If you read this Wired article it is actually going to save the world.
We’ve been using Goo Gone for many years now and can actually recall the very first time we ever used the citrus cleaner. It was just after we brought home our very first car, a used 4 door Honda and it was awesome. The first thing that had to go was the dealer badge they stuck on it for some free advertising. After taking off the plastic piece however there was some really nasty adhesive left on. A buddy told me Goo Gone was the only thing that would take it off without damaging the paint. Sure enough it came right off in seconds and the paint was indeed unharmed, since then we have been through many bottles.
The Kett Vacuum Saw KSV-434 ($445, Ohio Power Tool) has been around for many years and during that time has been a very popular tool. One of the most common applications have been for disaster recovery such as fire & flood repair. This work is made much easier with these Kett Saws because it is so easy to cut into paneling and drywall at a selected depth by setting the depth gauge. This allows for a very clean removal without damaging the studs and framing. For this reason remodeler also find the tool extremely handy when it comes to this kind of task.
A friend of ours is in the business of sourcing wood and it definitely seems like an interesting job. Some of their wood comes from old barns in and around Ohio and gets repurposed into floors, furniture, raw stock, beams, whatever. A visit to a local Mexican restaurant, currently under construction, which is using a lot of their raw stock wood really gave us a good idea how unique some of their product is. If you have any projects coming up and you’re looking for say 16” wide floor planks or antique looking wood stock, get a hold of Tom at Old West Woods he’ll fix you up. It can also be a very environmentally friendly way to use real wood that’s a good quality. If you want to see more pictures and projects you can also checkout their Facebook page, which some of you may have already done because they have 2,900+ fans.
January & February means prime time for industry trade shows, up north things are a little colder, slower and people perhaps have a couple of days to see what’s new in their industry. Here is a quick list of just a few of the shows happening in the next two months.
International Builders Show – January 19-22, 2010
The largest building industry tradeshow in the country! More than 175 education sessions and great keynote speaker! All the top vendors will be there for building supplies, tools, etc with interactive booths and displays. Plus its Las Vegas.
AHR Expo – January 25-27, 2010
This is the world’s largest HVAC&R industry trade show. In Orlando, Fl for 2010 this show is not only a great place to see new products, attend education sessions, network but also has great deals on some of those expensive products from many vendors. This trade show is designed specific for those in the Heating, Cooling and Refrigeration industries. We mentioned the show earlier as the place where Ridgid is planning their 2010 World Premier Product Launch.
World of Concrete – February 2-5, 2010
The industry’s ONLY annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. Featuring indoor and outdoor exhibits with the industry’s leading suppliers showcasing innovative products and technologies, exciting demonstrations and competitions, a world-class education program, and the information you need to help sustain and grow your business. This show is also another great Las Vegas show, maybe the only place big enough for the indoor/outdoor requirements in February.
The Rental Show – February 7-10, 2010
This show features a wide range of products from heavy construction, light construction/general tool and party/special event products together on one floor, in one continuous hall. The show is also in Orlando,Fl for 2010 and I am just curious who provides all the rental party/special event products for the show.
Pumper & Cleaner Show – February 24-27,2010
In Louisville, Ky for 2010 this show is specific for professionals in septic system installation & service contractors, drain and sewer cleaning & repair contractors, portable restroom operators, industrial maintenance & cleaning contractors, municipal water & sewer system maintenance managers and other related professional.
The Wood Working Shows – January 15-17, 2010
This show really isn’t in the same league as these others; it’s a much smaller show that travels around the country all year long. It will be making a stop in Columbus, Ohio in about a week and I’m planning to attend. Check the website and see when it makes it to a town near you.
Obviously there are many more shows throughout the year worth attending however these are just a few in the next 2 months. If you can’t make it but are interested in a particular show I would encourage you to check out the websites. Many have interactive floor plans and a lot of details. Also specific trade publications will attend and do a good job covering the shows with articles and videos (see http://www.forconstructionpros.com/video/).
After using your power tools continuously for several years the batteries are probably more useful as a paper weights than they are at powering your tools. This is of course to be expected from any battery and even with longer running lithium ion technology; they will eventually stop holding a charge as well. At that point you may want to simply pitch the battery in the trash can and be done with it but there is a better option. I have yet to meet anyone who preferred Nickel Cadmium in their drinking water but maybe it’s delicious.
There are 30,000+ locations around the country that will take your batteries and recycle them for free. You are most likely going to need to pick up a new battery anyway so you might as well get it from a dealer who will take the old battery as well. Plus the spokesman is Al Borland from “Home Improvement” how could he steer you wrong? Their website is www.rbrc.org and you can find hundreds of locations in you area by using your zip code on the Find A Drop Box page. This program is also good for cell phones, laptops, cameras, camcorders and all other types of rechargeable batteries. The most common types of batteries are Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead (Pb). Just make sure it has the RBRC recycle seal on the battery somewhere, which all major brands do.
If you are in the central Ohio area, you can drop your rechargeable batteries off at Ohio Power Tool and of course pick up a wide range of new batteries from Milwaukee, Bosch, Ingersoll Rand, Lincoln Lube, Makita and more.
Recently the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) made some significant changes to their website as well as launched a new site www.greenbuild365.org which is intended to make education that is accessible for all. The USGBC has been an incredibly successful non-profit organization responsible for the LEED certification program, the standard for rating Green Buildings today.
Why is this important to absolutely everyone in the construction industry? It is important because the U.S. market in green building products and services has gone from about $7 billion in 2005 to nearing $12 billion in 2007. I can tell you for certain the entire building industry has not gone up 40% over the same two years period. Consumers are demanding Green Buildings, which basically translates to LEED certified buildings. Large companies like Tuner Construction have lead the way in adoption and found ways to build green at equal or even reduced costs. The benefits of building green are huge; these companies receive tons of great PR, bid on project with less competition and make people feel good about helping to reduce effects on the environment.
Small and midsize construction companies should all be getting involved at this time. LEED certification is not just for “specialty environmentalist builders” this is the trend of the entire construction industry. In the next 10 years, it is likely every building will be given a ranking on the LEED standard. The USGBC currently offers several low priced ($80 or $200 for series) courses to educate industry professionals through seminars at the Green Building Expo or online courses you can find on their website. These courses also count towards continuing education for many professions.
This is the future of the construction business, time to get ahead of the competition.
A very popular topic in the news recently has been environmentally friendly buildings and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for not only new buildings but existing buildings as well.
As more media attention is focused on these efforts a common question for almost any new build will be “Is it a green building?” and/or “Is it LEED certified?” As a large supplier of tools and equipment for the construction industry we are beginning to see what is coming down the pipe. As companies, especially the very public ones, build new spaces they are going to demand the construction be “Green” enough to meet the minimum LEED certification and they are going to want it at little or no additional costs. It is going to be increasingly important for builders and suppliers like us to be ever more conscious of this trend.
From our dealings with industry leaders it is clear not all LEED Certified Green Buildings are radically different from those constructed in past years. While some Platinum level buildings support solar panel roofs and wind turbines this is not required to obtain LEED certified status.
Many of the green products and materials are prices similar that of other products and work just as well. A good example of this would be switching cleaning and sanitation products to earn up to 13 LEED points in existing buildings. Visit Clean Innovations to learn more on that.
Some additional links to learn more about Green Buildings:
- U.S. Green Building Council – A center for debate and action on environmental issues that seeks to accelerate the adoption of green building practices, technologies, policies, and standards. Sponsors of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program
- U.S. DOE Building Technology – Industry roadmaps for improving building technologies by 2020. Building envelope and systems are addressed, including the Sustainable Building Technical Manual.
- Sustainable Building Sources – Listing of Green Building Professionals, resources, books, discussion groups and more.
- Energy Star™ – U.S.EPA program to promote energy efficient buildings and equipment.
- Environmental Building News – Products, articles, discussion groups and more.
- Health House Program – Health based building standards
- National Association of Home Builders – Green Building program guidance materials and best practices. Also publications about construction and demolition waste reduction and reuse.