WOOD FIBER ACOUSTIC PRODUCTS
Arborcoustic is a wood fiber acoustic product. It provides strong acoustic performance while remaining environmentally conscious. The company uses water, cement and FSC-certified wood. Cement is the binder that provides strength, moisture-resistance and fire resistance. And the FSC certification guarantees that the wood can be traced back to responsible forestry operations. For more information, visit conwed.com/products/arborcoustic.
NON-COMBUSTIBLE SHEATHING PANEL
Sure-Board Series 200S is a non-combustible floor sheathing panel that improves quality and increases efficiency during the installation on residential or midrise load-bearing projects. The finish product prevents the need to work over uneven corrugated deck, or have to bear the delay of pouring and finishing each level if you have been using a deep pan-deck system. These delays may be eliminated and production increased at no additional cost. The installation of the panels does not require any new installation techniques for the field staff. Since the current methods and practices for installation are the same as those used for decades for plywood and OSB panels, the user has an advantage of eliminating blocking and creating a great non-combustible structure for the future. For more information, visit marinoware.com.
INTERIOR, TYPE X GYPSUM PANELS
PABCO Glass Interior Type X Gypsum Panels are comprised of a mold- and water-resistant gypsum core encased in a glass fiber mat. The glass panel offers greater moisture resistance and improved dimensional stability compared to standard gypsum board. The product performs strong for mold resistance, the highest rating when tested in accordance to ASTM D3273 Standard Test Method for Resistance to Growth of Mold on the Surface of Interior Coatings in an Environmental Chamber. It is ideal for pre-rock construction, as it withstands extended exposure to normal weather conditions up to one year without compromising product performance. Available in 5/8-inch Type X, fire-resistant and 1/2-inch Regular for use in non-fire rated construction. For more information, visit pabcogypsum.com.
ADVANCED DRYWALL FINISHING SOLUTIONS
VOLTERRA ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS
The company offers ArmourTone, an advanced line of drywall finishing solutions. The products are cost effective, low maintenance, acrylic surfaces and finishes with exceptional abuse resistance. This line includes ArmourFill, a high-build, spray-applied Level 5 product that features a “no-touch” surfacer, tintable primer or finish. The ArmourJoint taping and finishing compound (a knife/trowel applied finish) reduces sanding. For more information, visit volterraproducts.com.
ACOUSTICAL SUSPENSION SYSTEMS
The EZ Stab Acoustical Suspension Systems offer innovations that result in greater installation flexibility and speed, along with maximum strength and superior torsional rigidity. The new generation of EZ Stab acoustical suspension includes five new systems. The patented Latitude Holes are spaced every 3 inches at the top of each tee to allow for more flexible hanger wire options and increased installation speed. Additionally, a redesigned EZ Clip allows for lower insertion force and easier removability after installation, without destroying the clip or slot. This adds to the product’s longevity. For more information, visit certainteed.com/ceilings-and-walls.
HEMP FIBER INSULATION
HempWool is a high-performing, long-lasting insulation derived from 92 percent industrial hemp fiber. Popular for being a nontoxic insulation choice with a low embodied carbon footprint, HempWool fiber batts come in 2, 3 1/2, 5 1/2, and 7 1/2 inch thicknesses and widths of 16 and 24 inch for easy installation. The product is mold and pest resistant, has a Class A fire-rating, and has an R value of 3.7 per inch. For more information, visit hempitecture.com.
LIGHTWEIGHT GYPSUM PANELS
Sheetrock EcoSmart Panels Firecode X and Mold Tough Firecode X (UL Type ULIX) offer contractors a single, ultra-lightweight 5/8-inch Type X solution for fire-rated wall, column, floor- and roof-ceiling assemblies and horizontal membranes. The use of these panels eliminate a SKU on the job site and the chance of misapplication, as they may be used where either Type X or enhanced proprietary Type X panels are required. These panels weigh up to 22 percent less than standard Type X, and up to 28 percent less than Type C. The benefit to the installer is significant, up to 28 pounds less weight, helping reduce worker fatigue while promoting safety on the job and greater productivity. For more information, visit usg.com.
GLASS RAINSCREEN SYSTEM
StoVentec Glass Rainscreen System combines proven hygrothermal performance with the beauty and allure of glass. Taken together, the solution provides superior weather tightness, thermal performance, fire protection and the kind of compelling aesthetic designers seek. The StoVentec Glass Panel is made of opaque back-painted or back-printed glass that is permanently bonded to a proprietary carrier board. The prefabricated glass facade panels are manufactured to order in custom sizes and a range of colors for a unique look that is engineered to turn heads, while being fast and simple to install on the job site. For more information, visit www.stocorp.com.
SOCIAL DISTANCING PARTITIONS
The company’s Clearview Partitions are designed to aid in social distancing within public spaces. The transparent systems provide people with the confidence to return to their active lifestyle at places such as the gym, restaurant, office and retail locations. The applications are vary and can be used in multiple applications. The partitions are simple to assemble, cleanable, functional and easy to store. For more information, visit nudo.com.
5-IN-1 DRYWALL BLADE 1PK
The Universal Fit OPEN-LOK 5-in-1 Drywall Blade 1 Pack is designed for oscillating multi-tools. This precision laser cut drywall blade delivers a 5-in-1 functionality for drywall cutting needs. The leading edge is curved for smooth cuts and is the perfect width while oscillating to match the width of a standard electrical box. There are piercing tips on the sides of the blades to easily puncture into the drywall for clean starts. The back-facing side blade offers the ability for you to make extremely accurate and detailed cuts, such as circles or curves. Notches on the side of the blade offer 2-in-1 functionality for shaving off excess drywall for an exact fit and can also be used in conjunction with the laser etching for a depth guide. For more information, visit milwaukeetool.com.
MULTIPLE ACOUSTICAL CLOUD DESIGNS
ARMSTRONG WORLD IND.
With sound absorption on both sides of the panels, SoundScapes Shapes provide excellent acoustical performance of up to 1.18 Sabins per square foot. The 60-degree shapes create modular installations using an exclusive Frame Alignment Kit, allowing for consistent and easy alignment of the panels. The geometric shapes can be combined into unique patterns using the pre-engineered Grouping Frames which differentiate SoundScapes Shapes. The frames ensure consistent panel spacing and minimize hanging points, keeping the plenum uncluttered. They provide superior rigidity, perfect alignment, and are engineered for use in DEF Seismic zones.
The panels install quickly from the deck, drywall, suspension system, or on a wall in adjustable heights and angles. For more information, visit armstrongceilings.com/soundscapesshapes.
CLIP FOR EXTERIOR CURTAINWALL STUDS
CLARKDIETRICH BUILDING SYSTEMS
The Flat Tail Slide Clip is used to attach exterior curtain-wall studs to the building structure and provide for 2 1/4-inch vertical building movement independent of the cold-formed steel framing. The clip provides variable standoff and eliminates the need for shims or additional framing components. It easily fastens to the floor/ceiling beam and is secured to the stud with the company’s proprietary deflection screws. The clip restricts lateral movement but enables vertical building movement. For more information, visit clarkdietrich.com.
HIGH THERMAL RIGID FOAM INSULATION
As a high thermal rigid foam insulation commercial wall product, Xci Ply is designed to provide continuous polyiso insulation and cladding-ready backing in one, easily-installed panel. This complete insulation panel reduces your installation steps without compromising wall performance for faster construction and better insulation coverage. Learn more about the product at HunterPanels.com.
SOUND BLOCK SEALANT
The E90 Professional-Grade Sound Block acoustical latex sealant is specifically designed to reduce sound transmission and improve STC ratings in all types of wall and floor systems where a sound rated assembly is required. It is ideal for sealing openings around electrical boxes, pipes, duct systems, cut-outs and other types of utility equipment penetrating wall surfaces, as well as perimeter edges including abutting surfaces and corner joints. For more information, visit dap.com.
The SDPW Deflector Screw makes a connection that slips on demand with vertical displacements of the floor or the supporting ceiling joist or truss chord while providing resistance to horizontal forces in the F2 direction. When installed, the screw connects the non-load-bearing partition wall with a gap between the top plate of the wall and the supporting joist or truss. The product also includes a head offset from the bottom of the top plate. The gap between the top plate of the wall and supporting joist or truss is intended to prevent the wall for taking gravity load from the supporting joist or truss. The screw installed with the gap and head offset accommodates the upward and downward differential movements of the supporting joist or truss with seasonal moisture fluctuations and loading changes, as well as movements due to floor load changes, exterior wall shortening and building settlement. For more information, visit strongtie.com.