Above: Squash blocks installed to support load from above. Right: Load from above without squash blocks or blocking panels caused this web to buckle.
ProBuilder Product Report: Green Products
These new green products from SierraPine, East Teak and more are earth and builder friendly.
Peace of mind with particleboard? You can have it with SierraPine's urea-formaldehyde-free Encore particleboard. Made for cabinetry, wall paneling, countertop and other applications, the Encore emits very few VOCs and contains 100 percent recycled wood fibers. The product even helps builders doing commercial work attain LEED points. For FREE information, visit http://pb.hotims.com/20666-259
Made for permanent or temporary installations, East Teak's new deck and patio tiles are designed to be installed in a variety of areas. Builders have a choice between FSC-certified teak or ipe. The teak tiles naturally repel water and fungus, making them ideal for decking situations. The tiles have either straight or diagonal patterns and measure roughly 20 by 20 inches. For FREE information, visit http://pb.hotims.com/20666-260
What do you get if you blend Portland cement, hydrated lime, inert aggregates, pigment and at least 10 percent post-consumer recycled content? You'll end up with Expo Industries' GX2 Premium Exterior Stucco. The formula is 25 percent lighter than other stucco products and provides great coverage for exterior walls or ceilings. For FREE information, visit http://pb.hotims.com/20666-261