GigaCrete

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GigaCrete refers to a family of cementitious building products that consist of a proprietary non-silica mineral-based binder and filler materials that may include coal ash, non-silica-based sands, agricultural waste, and/or post-industrial recycled materials.[1][2] The filler varies with application and availability.[2] GigaCrete products do not contain silica-based sands [3] or Portland cement, the binder used in traditional concrete. [1][4]

History[edit]

GigaCrete was conceived in the early 21st century by British-born architect and industrial designer Andrew C. Dennis whose impetus was to create cementitious green building materials that are strong and lightweight.[4][5] Mr. Dennis is founder and chairman of the company.

Green building material[edit]

GigaCrete PlasterMax, a LEED qualified interior wall coating,[6] was listed as a green building material by Architectural Record [7][8][9] and selected by BUILDERNews magazine [10] as a Best Products 2007 Winner.[11][12]

The Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI) certified GigaCrete PlasterMax as a Low-Emitting Listed Product.[13] "The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute is an industry-independent, non-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification ProgramSM. As an ANSI Authorized Standards Developer, GEI establishes acceptable indoor air standards for indoor products, environments, and buildings." [14]

In 2007, Popular Mechanics magazine awarded a Best in Green Design to panels made with GigaCrete hydraulic cement and waste materials.[2]

On February 14, 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) challenged the homebuilding trade to construct 220,000 "high-performance" homes by 2012 that score 70 or lower on the EnergySmart Home Scale.[15] To qualify as high-performance, a home must use 30%-or-less energy than a typical new home built per the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code.[15] In early 2009, Next Gen 09 LLC, in partnership with the DOE Builders Challenge program, built a high-performance 5,200-square-foot (480 m2) demonstration home outside Las Vegas, Nevada.[16] The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that GigaCrete PlasterMax was used as the interior-wall finish of that high-performance Las Vegas home.[17]

Plastermax on ICF[edit]

GigaCrete Plastermax is a fire-resistance rated[18] interior wall coating for insulating concrete forms (ICF), thereby providing a green alternative to gypsum drywall on ICF. When sprayed or troweled onto the polystyrene foam facade of stacked ICF blocks, Plastermax forms an abuse-resistant surface.[19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.theconcreteproducer.com/industry-news.asp?articleID=973468&sectionID=1419
  2. ^ a b c http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/earth/4212756.html
  3. ^ http://www.munsonmachinery.com/CaseHistories/article.asp?ArtID=894
  4. ^ a b http://greenteamhouston.blogspot.com/2007/06/gigacrete-concrete-alternative.html
  5. ^ http://gigacrete.com/company/management/
  6. ^ http://www.azom.com/news.asp?newsID=15500
  7. ^ http://archrecord.construction.com/products/ProductFocus/0811greenmaterials-1.asp
  8. ^ http://archrecord.construction.com/products/reports/2005ProdReport.asp
  9. ^ http://archrecord.construction.com/products/productreports/08productreports-3.asp
  10. ^ http://www.buildernewsmag.com/
  11. ^ http://www.buildernewsmag.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1820:buildernews-magazine-selects-2007-best-products-winners&catid=19:press-releases&Itemid=14
  12. ^ http://www.buildernewsmag.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1485:%3Cb%3E%3Ch%3ESpecial%20Feature:%20Best%20Products%20of%202007%3C/b%3E%3C/h%3E&catid=5:features&Itemid=54
  13. ^ http://www.greenguard.org/Default.aspx?tabid=166
  14. ^ http://www.greenguard.org/Default.aspx?tabid=22
  15. ^ a b http://www.energy.gov/5985.htm
  16. ^ http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/challenge/pdfs/bc_spotlight_nextgen_web.pdf
  17. ^ http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09038/947391-30.stm?cmpid=news.xml
  18. ^ http://etlwhidirectory.etlsemko.com/WebClients/ITS/DLP/products.nsf/4c8700f3b75987a08525777700583333/9cacf92182b6a44f8525752100650eaf?OpenDocument
  19. ^ http://www.icfmag.com/articles/features/icf_interior_finishes.html
  20. ^ http://www.azobuild.com/news.asp?newsID=6256

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