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This division includes green options for dealing with pre-existing buildings during new construction and renovations. It is especially important to identify and properly deal with hazardous substances in older buildings. Common hazardous substances are lead in paint, asbestos in insulation and fireproofing materials, mercury in fluorescent lighting, and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) in lighting ballasts.

Beyond thinking about hazardous materials, be aware of recycling and salvage options for older buildings. Salvage companies can quickly harvest usable and valuable elements from older buildings, reducing tipping fees as well as saving irreplaceable architectural elements.

Non-reusable construction materials can often be recycled, again saving on tipping fees, and reducing the amount of material being landfilled.

This division includes green options for dealing with pre-existing buildings during new construction and renovations. It is especially important to identify and properly deal with hazardous substances in older buildings. Common hazardous substances are lead in paint, asbestos in insulation and fireproofing materials, mercury in fluorescent lighting, and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) in lighting ballasts.

Beyond thinking about hazardous materials, be aware of recycling and salvage options for older buildings. Salvage companies can quickly harvest usable and valuable elements from older buildings, reducing tipping fees as well as saving irreplaceable architectural elements.

Non-reusable construction materials can often be recycled, again saving on tipping fees, and reducing the amount of material being landfilled.

  • Paint Shaver Pro
  • Paint Shaver Pro
  • American International Tool Industries, Inc.
  • Paint Shaver Pro
    American International Tool Industries, Inc.
    Paint Shaver Pro is a tool that uses tungsten carbon blades to quickly strip paint off flat surfaces, such as wood siding. When attached to a HEPA vacuum it can be a valuable tool for removing lead paint, though it will not contain all lead dust, so EPA guidelines for lead removal still need to be followed, and it should not be used on asbestos siding. Paint Shaver Pro has an adjustable blade depth for different paint thicknesses and can take off the surface layer of the siding, providing a good bonding surface for new paint. Available in 6- and 8-Amp models, the 8-Amp version is appropriate for heavier use where thick paint or nail heads can’t be avoided and can be fitted with diamond-tipped blades for stripping concrete and fiberglass. Paint Shaver comes with a one- or two-year warranty for the 6-amp or 8-amp models, respectively.
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  • Aero Series Dry Ice Blasting System
  • Aero Series Dry Ice Blasting System
  • Cold Jet, LLC
  • Aero Series Dry Ice Blasting System
    Cold Jet, LLC
    Cold Jet’s Aero Series is configured specifically for disaster remediation contractors and used for removing mold and fire-damage from building surfaces. The dry ice evaporates immediately, greatly reducing the clean-up and disposal costs compared with sandblasting. It is more energy-intensive to produce and handle, however. The Aero 40 uses up to four pounds of dry ice per minute, along with 50 to 215 cfm of compressed air at 80 psi, depending on the nozzle used. Dry ice for the system can be purchased from a regional supplier or manufactured on site using Cold Jet’s dry ice production equipment. (The company’s P325 dry ice maker draws about 17 kW to make 300 lbs. of dry ice per hour, or about 18 lbs per kWh.)
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  • Safe Encasement Systems
  • Safe Encasement Systems
  • SAFE Encasement Systems
  • Safe Encasement Systems
    SAFE Encasement Systems
    Safe Encasement Systems manufactures a two-step encasement process for in-place abatement of lead-based paint and asbestos-fibers. SE-110 Penetrating Stabilizer, also available with corrosion inhibitors or mold-resisting additive, is a clear primer suitable for penetrating and sealing friable fibrous insulation materials and damaged paint surfaces. SE-110 can be used for interior and exterior applications on a variety of surfaces. When dry, SE-110 is followed by the application of SE-120 Protective Skin, a high-solids, 100% acrylic coating available with or without a mold-resisting additive. Both the Stabilizer and Protective Skin are water-based, nontoxic, nonflammable, zero-VOC formulations that clean up with soap and water.
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  • A-B-C, L-B-C, Penewet, and Piranha
  • A-B-C, L-B-C, Penewet, and Piranha
  • Fiberlock Technologies, Inc.
  • A-B-C, L-B-C, Penewet, and Piranha
    Fiberlock Technologies, Inc.
    A-B-C® (Asbestos Binding Compound) is a high-solids asbestos encapsulant. This product can be used for effective in-place management of asbestos hazards. L-B-C® (Lead Barrier Compound) is an elastomeric-thermoplastic water-based copolymer paint for lead encapsulation. L-B-C is available for indoor and outdoor applications in 1-, 5-, and 55-gallon containers. Penewet® is a non-toxic water based wetting solution for safe removal of asbestos containing materials. Piranha® I is a biodegradable lead based paint stripping gel. Piranha I works effectively on multiple layers of paints and other coatings and will not harm wood, glass, metal, or masonry surfaces. Available in 1 and 5 gallon buckets.
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  • LeadCheck
  • LeadCheck
  • 3M Construction & Home Improvement Markets Division
  • LeadCheck
    3M Construction & Home Improvement Markets Division
    3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs are EPA recognized, non-toxic and provide an instant test for lead on most surfaces. When lead is detected, 3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs and/or the surface being tested turns pink or red depending on the concentration of lead present. LeadCheck swabs are a quick means of detecting lead in paint and other materials. A chromate test kit is also available.
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  • LeadLock and AsbestoSafe
  • LeadLock and AsbestoSafe
  • Global Encasement, Inc.
  • LeadLock and AsbestoSafe
    Global Encasement, Inc.
    AsbestoSafe® and LeadLock™ are water-based, low-VOC, protective acrylic coatings for long-term, in-place management of asbestos and lead-based paint. Both products provide waterproofing yet allow water vapor to pass through the protective coating, and both are highly impact- and seismic-resistant. One of the most impressive characteristics of Global Encasement's PrepLESS Primer is that it can eliminate and/or minimize surface preparation prior to the application of the finish coat.
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