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Creatherm T/S/U 45 Floor Panel

Creatherm T/S/U 45 Floor Panel

Creatherm’s radiant heat technology allows for the easiest installation and most energy-efficient, evenly-disbursed heat in the industry. We’d love to tell you more about our revolutionary floor and wall panels and all their benefits. We’ll have representatives at PCBC in Booth 206.

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Retrofitting Hydronic Heating into an uninsulated Basement Slab

Concrete and Masonry, HVAC & Mechanicals, Insulation and Air Sealing, Kitchens and Baths

Retrofitting Hydronic Heating into an Uninsulated Basement Slab

Taken from: ProTrade Craft for Residential Construction Pros 05/23/2016

Retrofitting in-floor heat is a great way to warm up a chilly basement bathroom. But unless you have insulation under the heating system, your customers are going to spend fat stacks of Benjies heating the earth every month.

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To keep the heat where you want it, cut out the slab before installing the heating system. Dig deep enough to allow for gravel, insulation, and a slab on top. Cover the earth with compacted gravel to support the slab and keep water from wicking in. Reinforced plastic over the gravel stops water vapor.
Rigid insulation comes next surrounding the new slab on all five sides.

You will need some sort of steel reinforcement, either wire mesh or rebar and then install the hydronic tubing. Pour the slab over the tubing, let it cure, and cover the whole assembly with flooring—and be confident that your customers Benjies will stay in the bank.

2012: IECC:

2015 IECC:
Section 402: Building Thermal Envelope
R502.1.1.1: Building Thermal Envelope (existing building)
R 502.1.1.2 Heating and Cooling Systems (existing building)

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U.S. Housing Market Shows Positive Trends

MCLEAN, VA–(Marketwired – Apr 27, 2016) – Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released its Multi-Indicator Market Index® (MiMi®), showing that many of the nation’s housing markets continue to improve with one more state, Michigan, returning to its historical benchmark level of housing activity.

The national MiMi value stands at 83, indicating a housing market that’s on the outer range of its historic benchmark level of housing activity, and little changed with a +0.36 percent improvement from January to February and a three-month improvement of +1.05 percent. However, on a year-over-year basis, the national MiMi value has improved +7.46 percent. Since its all-time low in October 2010, the national MiMi has rebounded 40 percent, but remains significantly off from its high of 121.7.

News Facts:

Thirty-five of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia have MiMi values within range of their benchmark averages, with the District of Columbia (101.7), North Dakota (95.3), Hawaii (95.2), Montana (94.8) and Utah (94.6) ranking in the top five.
Fifty-nine of the 100 metro areas have MiMi values within range with Austin, TX (100.5), Denver, CO (100.8), Salt Lake City, UT (97.7), Honolulu, HI (97.4), and Los Angeles, CA (97.0) ranking in the top five.
The most improving states month over month were Tennessee (+1.93%), Mississippi (+1.46%), Texas (+1.11%), Oregon (+1.08%) and Nevada (+0.91%). On a year-over-year basis, the most improving states were Colorado (+15.54%), Florida (+15.33%), New Jersey (+14.37%), Oregon (+14.30%), and Nevada (+14.24%).
The most improving metro areas month over month were Youngstown, OH (+3.55%), Memphis, TN (+2.54%), Jackson, MS (+1.82%), Knoxville, TN (+1.58%) and Dallas, TX (+1.43%). On a year-over-year basis, the most improving metro areas were Orlando, FL (+19.88%), Denver, CO (+19.01%), Tampa, FL (+18.36%), Cape Coral, FL (+18.07%), and Portland, OR (+16.85).
In February, 36 of the 50 states and 68 of the top 100 metros were showing an improving three-month trend. The same time last year, 21 of the 50 states, and 69 of the top 100 metro areas were showing an improving three-month trend.

Quote attributable to Freddie Mac Deputy Chief Economist Len Kiefer:

“The U.S. housing market is poised to have its best year in a decade. The National MiMi currently stands at 83, the highest since September of 2008. And the trends are nearly all positive. Home purchase applications are headed higher, with the National MiMi purchase applications indicator increasing nearly 12 percent from one year ago. The mortgage delinquency crisis is not completely behind us, but delinquencies are generally trending down, with the National MiMi current on mortgage indicator at 85.5, the highest reading since August 2008. Robust employment growth has helped drive the National MiMi employment indicator above its historic benchmark, and stands at 106.5, up nearly 6 percent from a year ago. The National MiMi payment-to-income indicator did fall 2.76 percent from the previous month due to lower mortgage interest rates. Lower rates are helping to support homebuyer affordability across the country, for the moment outweighing the impact of higher house prices.

“The national trends largely hold up across the country. We still see pockets of weakness in the Midwest and South, while the Northeast and West are generally doing better. But most markets in the Midwest and South are improving according to MiMi. For example, Michigan’s MiMi reading increased 7.49 percent year-over-year in February, moving within range of its historic benchmark.”

The 2016 MiMi release calendar is available online.

MiMi monitors and measures the stability of the nation’s housing market, as well as the housing markets of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the top 100 metro markets. MiMi combines proprietary Freddie Mac data with current local market data to assess where each single-family housing market is relative to its own long-term stable range by looking at home purchase applications, payment-to-income ratios (changes in home purchasing power based on house prices, mortgage rates and household income), proportion of on-time mortgage payments in each market, and the local employment picture. The four indicators are combined to create a composite MiMi value for each market. Monthly, MiMi uses this data to show, at a glance, where each market stands relative to its own stable range of housing activity. MiMi also indicates how each market is trending, whether it is moving closer to, or further away from, its stable range. A market can fall outside its stable range by being too weak to generate enough demand for a well-balanced housing market or by overheating to an unsustainable level of activity.

For more detail on MiMi see the FAQs. The most current version can be found at FreddieMac.com/mimi.

Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation’s residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Today Freddie Mac is making home possible for approximately one in four home borrowers and is the largest source of financing for multifamily housing. Additional information is available at FreddieMac.com, Twitter @FreddieMac and Freddie Mac’s blog FreddieMac.com/blog.

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Creatherm Exhibiting At The New York Farm Show

Creatherm is proud to once again be exhibiting at The New York Farm Show.

The New York Farm Show is the biggest technology showcase in the Northeast. Make plans now to attend this outstanding event. The links below offer you important show information.

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $ 5 at the door; children under 18 are free. But tickets are available to you free from your Northeast Equipment Dealers or by writing to New York Farm show, P.O. Box 3470, Syracuse, NY 13220. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request received by Feb. 15.

Parking is free, and shuttle buses run all day to the five farm show buildings.

New York Farm Show is co-sponsored by the Northeast Equipment Dealers Association and American Agriculturist magazine.


Mark your calendar now and plan to join us Feb. 25-27, 2016!

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New Study Finds Green Construction is Major U.S. Economic Driver

WASHINGTON — The green building sector is outpacing overall construction growth in the U.S. and will account for more than 2.3 million American jobs this year, according to a new U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) study from Booz Allen Hamilton.

The 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study finds the green building industry contributes more than $134.3 billion in labor income to working Americans. The study also found that green construction’s growth rate is rapidly outpacing that of conventional construction and will continue to rise.

By 2018, the study finds, green construction will account for more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs — more than one-third of the entire U.S. construction sector — and generate $190.3 billion in labor earnings. The industry’s direct contribution to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) is also expected to reach $303.5 billion from 2015-2018.

“Green building is playing a massive role in the U.S. construction sector, the clean and efficient energy sector, and the U.S. economy as a whole,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “More than 2.3 million U.S. workers are taking home $134 billion annually in large part because of green building programs like LEED. Demand for green building will only continue to grow as individuals, businesses, and institutions continue to prioritize sustainable approaches to the design, construction, and operations of our built environment.”

The new USGBC analysis also explores the multifaceted economic contribution of green construction to the U.S. economy and individual U.S. states, quantifying the economic impact of green building and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

“Our research shows that green building has created millions of jobs and contributed hundreds of billions of dollars to the U.S. economy, with the construction of LEED-certified buildings accounting for about 40 percent of green construction’s overall contribution to GDP in 2015,” said David Erne, a senior associate at Booz Allen. “This industry is certainly on the rise, and aggressive growth in the green building sector is anticipated over the next four years.”

In addition to national jobs, GDP, and labor earnings from green building, the study projects significant growth in green building’s contribution to individual states’ tax contributions and environmental asset indicators at both the national and state levels.

Total state earnings related to LEED building construction projects are estimated to total $8.4 billion by 2018. In Texas alone, almost 1.26 million jobs in the green building sector are projected between 2015 and 2018. As a result, green building will also contribute to significant savings across energy, water, and maintenance costs.

For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

Publication date: 10/14/2015

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