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July 2008 Product Solutions

Fluorescent lighting

TCP. The ecoVations Aisle Lighter fixture is designed for surface or suspended mounting heights of up to 40 feet. Requiring low to medium light levels, its superior optic beam covers narrow aisle lighting to open general lighting, making it ideal for open and stack aisles. ecoVations' new line of linear fluorescent lighting fixtures each contain a lamp, ballast and fixture combination system as energy-efficient replacements for traditional metal halide, high-bay systems.

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Product catalog

Chicago Faucets. A new catalog featuring an extensive line of commercial products now is available. The 128-page catalog displays six major product categories: manual, electronic, food-service, laboratory, components and repair parts. Products can be found by going to a major category and then using a specific application grouping. From there, products are listed in numerical order.

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Building security

The Bilco Company. The Security Series roof hatch is designed to prevent unauthorized access into a building from the roof level. The hatch is constructed of heavy-gauge materials and features heavy-duty manganese hinges to resist prying and forced entry. A keyed cylinder or detention lock (as specified) prevents the hatch from being opened, and tamper-proof hardware and security fasteners are used throughout.

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Roof coatings

West Development Group. HSS 535 and HSS 540 R2R are one-component, moisture-curing silicone rubber roof coatings designed for use on sprayed-in-place polyurethane foam. They can be rolled or spray-applied, and touchup work can be done with a brush or roller. The coatings are tack-free within one to two hours and cure at normal temperatures in two to six hours by reacting with moisture in the air, forming a durable and flexible moisture-free seal.

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Desk system

Sunway Inc. The AlphaBetter Student Desk is an adjustable-height desk designed to fit most students from third to 12th grade. Supporting legs adjust from 26 to 42 inches to provide the best-fit option for individual students, and steel-frame construction allows for long-lasting durability and stability. The adjustable-height stool, weighing 19 pounds and featuring steel “tip-resistant” legs for added stability, allows for height variation between 21 and almost 36 inches.

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Exterior sheathing

Georgia-Pacific Gypsum. DensGlass Gold exterior sheathing is a moisture-resistant gypsum panel used for building envelopes, ceilings and soffits. With paperless, fiberglass mats and a moisture-resistant core, DensGlass Gold resists the effects of surface water exposure during and after construction and is mold-resistant. The sheathing is backed with a 12-month weather-exposure limited warranty.

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Restroom partitions

Bradley. Bradmar “No Site” solid plastic partitions eliminate the uncomfortable sightline between the door and pilaster. The European-style partitions close the gap, which can be up to a half-inch on traditional toilet stalls, for a more private enclosure. Matching profiles on the hinge side and an overlap on the strike side create the tight fit. The partitions are available in 26 shades, including 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic options.

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Sports flooring

Gerflor/Taraflex Sports Flooring. Taraflex Futsal flooring is being introduced to the United States and Canada in recognition of the rapid worldwide growth of futsal, also known as five-a-side soccer. The flooring features a specially-designed precision indoor surface allowing the ball and players to move rapidly. It is available as a portable or permanent floor and is 6.2 millimeters thick. It provides a 26 percent shock absorption rate and is manufactured with Triple Action Protecsol and the D-Max multi-layer surface.

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Night surveillance

Extreme CCTV. The EX82 Infrared Imager incorporates Black Diamond technology, which produces up to 250-foot High Fidelity night vision for 24/7 monitoring. The unit's patented dual-sensor design now delivers 550 TVL day/night imaging for powerful video interrogation.

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Concrete floor maintenance

Prosoco. Consolideck products for high-performance concrete floors give schools and universities durable, shiny, colorful floors. Both new and old concrete floors can be turned into gleaming, yet slip-resistant surfaces. The Consolideck system includes advanced, easy-application concrete hardener/densifiers, water-based stains and a thin protective coating that never has to be stripped.

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Locking system

Medeco. KeyMark X4 has up to four times the master key capability of standard locking systems. It offers all the benefits of an interchangeable core system, plus the assurance of true protection against the unauthorized duplication of keys with utility patents on the keyway, key blanks and secondary core locking principle. Keymark X4 key blanks are available with a conventional key bow that is custom-coined for security, or as Hybrid Prox or iCLASS electronic key blanks.

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Digital audio system

AmpliVox Sound SystemsThe SW915 Digital Audio Travel Partner is a portable public-address system with remote control, built-in echo/reverb and talk over with enough power to cover audiences up to 7,500 people and rooms as big as 25,000 square feet. It includes a UHF 8-channel diversity internal wireless receiver, a CD/RW MP3 disc player with pitch control and USB input with choice of mic: handheld, headset, collar, or lapel and transmitter.

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Energy-efficient laundry

Maytag. The Energy Advantage High Efficiency Single-Load Front-Load Washers are designed to cut utility costs by up to 60 percent. The large tub and door opening makes loading and unloading easy, and new bellows to the door interface reduce damage to clothes. With no agitator, the washer holds more laundry. The tinted polymer window allows users to view clothes without opening the door or stopping the wash cycle. The washers use Maytag Computer Trac controls, which display a coin countdown and the estimated time remaining during the cycle.

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Made in the shade

Solar mesh system lightens heat load of academic center, reducing energy consumption

Cambridge Architectural. The $7.1 million, 22,000-square-foot William G. McGowan Academic Center at Capital College, Laurel, Md., is home to the Space Operations Institute, built in partnership with NASA to prepare students for careers in the space industry. It also includes multimedia classrooms, technical laboratories, a conference center, and offices for faculty and administrators.

To reduce light pollution for the interior lobby area of the academic center, the college used about 1,600 square feet of a solar mesh system to shade the building's exterior. The custom plait metal fabric pattern contains large-scaled, open weaves that shade and screen structures. Frame attachment hardware was custom-designed and used to install the plait product. An angle bar frames expanses of metal fabric with a combination of welded and mechanical connections.

The shading system reduces the building's heat load, cooling requirements and energy consumption.

Geier Brown Renfrow Architects, Alexandria, Va., was the architect for this project.

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Preliminary walkthrough

Virtual tour on school website enables parents and prospective students to tour facility from home

Motion VR, LLC. Bay Haven Charter Academy, Panama City, Fla., a K-8 facility, has added a virtual tour to its website. Parents and prospective students can obtain a realistic view of the academy without being on-site.

Using high-tech, yet simple navigation tools, visitors to the school's website can walk into different areas of the school, including classrooms, through hallways and doorways, and out onto the playground. Users can stop at any point to obtain a 360-degree perspective of a room in the school and view a photo and description of featured information.

“The enhanced website enables parents and prospective students to get a much better sense of our academic offerings and amenities, without ever leaving the comfort of their home,” says Tim Kitts, principal. “In fact, website viewers have been so impressed with the online tours that they have been prompted to visit in person, and we are already receiving applications from out-of-state students.”

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Water drop

Water meter data shows dual-flush technology reduces water usage by 43 percent

Sloan Valve Company. When Michael Carson, senior mechanical engineer at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., was offered the chance to test Sloan's UPPERCUT dual-flush Flushometers at the university's main campus, he was curious whether they would make a difference.

Initially, the university decided to retrofit the women's restrooms in two of its administrative buildings with 12 UPPERCUT dual-flush handles. The dual-flush technology is available as part of a complete Flushometer or in handle retrofit kits for converting existing manual Flushometers to water-efficient, dual-flush capability. The dual-flush handle offers users two flush options: tilt the handle up to flush with 1.1 gallons (gpf) of water, or push it down for a standard 1.6-gpf flush. Basic usage instructions are shown on signs, which come with the handles and are mounted on restroom walls.

Carson and his team have closely examined the monthly water-usage data from the buildings' water meters, and the figures show that in one building, water usage dropped from an average of 10,228 gallons a month from July 2004 to June 2005 (before installation) to 5,803 gallons a month from July 2006 to June 2007 (after installation) — about a 43 percent decrease. In another building, it dropped from about 12,229 gallons a month from July 2004 to June 2005 to 8,622 gallons from July 2006 to June 2007 — a total median decrease of almost 30 percent. Some single-month comparisons show a yield drop of more than 50 percent.

Based on Purdue's water cost of 91.7 cents per 1,000 gallons and its wastewater cost of $5.34 per 1,000 gallons, the reduced utility costs mean the dual-flush handles would pay for themselves in less than a year.

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Easy on the eye

Video-management system creates a trouble-free solution for capturing and viewing surveillance video

Wren. Until recently, the video surveillance equipment at Jefferson City High School (JCHS), Jefferson City, Mo., consisted of a few analog video cameras. Staff members found that the security system was outdated and failed to provide quality video images and easy access to video files.

To address these limitations, the school installed more cameras in high-traffic areas including hallways, cafeterias and outdoor walkways. The administration employed Wren Video Management System (VMS) software to make it easy to retrieve, view and share video images being captured from so many vital points on campus.

“After progressing through the initial learning curve, we were quickly able to realize the benefits of our new network video system,” says Julia Koch, assistant principal.

The old security system was limited primarily to post-incident investigations, but the new network video system is used to identify potential problems and correct them. In addition, the school uses the video system to monitor and evaluate student and staff performance during emergency drills for fires and tornadoes. Watching the evacuation process live enables administrators to time evacuations and provide specific recommendations to staff.

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