Ames Research Laboratories Products to be Distributed in Australasia

Ames Research Laboratories, a global manufacturer of waterproof coating and sealants, has reached a distribution agreement with the Building Solution Supplies Australasia (BSSA) of Auckland, New Zealand. Carl Sabo, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Ames Research Laboratories, says, the BSSA has the experience and knowledge of Australasia’s commercial trade market needed to lead the global distribution of the Ames product line. This will be Ames’s first distributor in the Southern Hemisphere. Ames is known throughout the coatings industry with leading brands such as Blue Max, Maximum Stretch, Safe-T-Deck, and Capstone Granite.

Fox Blocks Builds Home With Record-Low HERS Index Score

In partnership with GreenBuilt Solutions, a sustainable design facility in Orlando, Florida, Fox Blocks built a Net Zero home that has an outstanding HERS Index Score of -22. The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry-wide standard energy-efficiency measurement of homes. It is also used to determine a home’s energy performance. The lower the HERS Index Score on a home, the more energy-efficient it is. The national average HERS rating posted by RESNET is 58.

Fox Blocks Passes ICC 500 Missile Impact Testing

Fox Blocks, an ICF manufacturer, announced that their ICF wall assembly passed the ICC 500- required Missile Impact test used to determine compliance of storm shelter and safe room design and construction from flying debris in severe high-wind weather events. This distinction allows owners, designers, structural engineers, and contractors who are currently designing and building these structures to reference Fox Blocks testing with an efficient rebar layout for superior constructability and schedule and cost savings while knowing that their builds will be FEMA P-361 and ICC 500-
2020 compliant. 

Safe rooms are designed and constructed to meet or exceed the criteria in ICC 500, for grants or funding per FEMA PC-361. Storm shelters are structures that provide life-safety protection from extreme-wind events, as designed, and constructed to meet ICC 500 criteria, but do not have to meet the criteria of FEMA P-361 for funding. All safe rooms are storm shelters, but not all storm shelters are
safe rooms. 

FoxBlocks Announces New Spanish Resources

FoxBlocks, an Insulated Concrete Forms manufacturer, will now be providing new resources in Spanish. This is an exciting development for the company, as they are now able to make everything more accessible to a large portion of a disproportionately underserved demographic. The resources are conveniently located in the company’s Resource Library on their website. More Spanish resources are on the way.