The ‘Greening’ of the Construction Industry Shifts Into High Gear!

The ‘Greening’ of the Construction Industry Shifts Into High Gear!


Over the years the subject of environmental awareness and finding ways to make this world a healthier place when it comes to products and services available in the building and construction realm, has turned from ‘research’ into ‘reality.’ How to make our world a cleaner more sustainable place to live is the keyword in almost any industry nowadays, because ‘green’ life is part of the mainstream; it is a ‘must-have’ and many companies are gaining prominence as they broaden global awareness and create products that save the environment; as well as sustainable goods and services that create new challenges and opportunities for businesses across all industry groups.


Corporations are responding left and right, and many of these companies in the world of building and construction are creating products that cause people to become more environmentally aware.


Europe has been more than a bit ahead of North America and Australia when it comes to discovering, inventing and working on products that focus on ‘green’ construction, but the gaps are closing. The potential for market growth, not to mention projects that will rely on ‘green’ construction are looking at tripling in the next few years in North America.


To name just  a couple of companies that are truly striving to make ‘green’ construction a way of life, we begin with Gelmaxx. When it comes to the concrete/grinding and polishing industry, a very large environmental issue arises that Gelmaxx has worked hard on to achieve success.


The very definition of ‘slurry’ is a thin mud or cement that has become one of the largest regulatory compliance issues the concrete industry faces. Slurry waste water is not only incredibly messy but is also extremely difficult to remove; not to mention, the EPA has very high concerns and standards when it comes to the disposal of slurry wastewater. This is where Gelmaxx comes in…


Gelmaxx has earned their ‘expert’ title when it comes to advanced technology, chemistry and the ability to meet environmental challenges head-on by developing products that work. And as they are being overseen by local and FinalGelMaxx_copygovernment agencies, as well as strict EPA guidelines, the management of slurry wastewater has become their ultimate project. Not only is the disposal complicated, but also labor intensive and very costly. The Grinding and Polishing industry will continue to expand quickly, seeing as that ‘decorative concrete’ flooring is the path that all businesses are turning towards, and with  Gelmaxx products, contractors can do what they need to do in every facet of the exhaustive ‘clean-up’ phase. Utilized in the areas of concrete polishing, coring and cutting, saw drilling and concrete pumpers, and more – this unique formula uses only organic materials, which makes it not only safe for the environment but also meets all of the EPA compliance needs.


A list of inventive and much-needed products are available from Gelmaxx and versatility is the key when it comes to each and every one of them. And the entire product line is 100% recyclable.


Another industry name that is known as a visionary when it comes to the latest in ‘green’ construction and technology is, Insulfoam. Their brands of InsulFoam® and R-Tech® contribute immensely toward LEED® credit requirements, which is one of the biggest and most important environmental issues to address nowadays.


Dye-free, free of formaldehyde and HCFCs, no toxic chemicals or heavy metals are leeched, no mold or mildew growth is a concern, and a long-term stable R-value that truly conserves energy, are just a few of the benefits that come with these brands.


When speaking about wall installations, Insulfoam offers a variety of InsulFoam® and R-Tech® expanded polystyrene (EPS) R-tech 1insulations that cover applications ranging from exterior, interior and cavity wall applications to tongue-and-groove sheathing, whole wall, and gable end applications. Not to mention, these products are extremely lightweight and have physical properties that are well ahead of their time: A-one moisture resistance, long term non-degenerative thermal properties and extreme resilience.


But wall installations are not all that Insulfoam is responsible for. There is also a diverse line that features products for under-slab applications and below-grade applications that are designed to insulate foundation walls, protect the water and/or damp proofing, and can be used during backfilling in both commercial and residential projects.


And, yes, before one asks – roofing applications are also completely covered by offering roof insulation panels that help reduce overall energy consumption, and end up creating a fantastic and comforting environment for the occupants of the building. And the best part is, the Insulfoam product line works for virtually every type of roofing system.


As we walk forward into 2013 and try our best to save the environment, decrease our carbon footprint, and attempt to make our cities and towns as healthy as humanly possible, companies like Gelmaxx and Insulfoam will be on the front lines – leading the way in ‘green’ construction and saving this world for the next generation to enjoy!



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