Dulux Trade helps boost energy efficiency

Dulux Trade has made a significant contribution to a pioneering project undertaken by Huntingdonshire District Council. Ecosure Light and Space, and Ecosure Gloss and Undercoat have been used in the Green House Project, an initiative run by Huntingdonshire District council in conjunction with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to refurbish two properties in a cost-effective and sustainable way.

In Britain, the housing stock produces approximately 27 per cent of all carbon emissions. Whilst improvements have been made to the energy performance of new build properties through the Code for Sustainable Homes, the council and the British Research Establishment understand that the existing housing stock design must be addressed if the target of eighty percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 are met

To support the initiative, Dulux Trade provided a sustainable solution for the two demonstration properties, the first at St Audrey Lane, St Ives, and a second at Manor Farm Road in St Neots. In particular, it supplied its ground-breaking Ecosure Matt in the Light & Space colour range product for application on all the internal walls, and Ecosure Gloss and Undercoat for trim areas.

The BRE carried out extensive ‘before and after’ tests on both of the homes, and found that overall, the CO2 emissions were reduced at the two sites by 75 per cent once all the improvement measures had been undertaken. The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating had also changed from E to B.

Other benefits at the refurbishment property in St Ives included a SAP score increase from 43 to 83, and a reduced energy bill of £633 per year. Similar success was also seen at the second property in St Neots, with the SAP score increasing from 46 to 85 and an energy bill reduction of £478 per year.

“To reduce carbon emissions and help the public combat rising energy costs, it’s essential that we explore how to make all the UK’s homes more efficient,” said Mark Houston, Architectural Technician at Huntingdonshire District Council. “To do this we took a ‘whole house’ approach looking at every part of the building fabric, from insulation, to renewable technologies, and in this instance, paint.

“The Dulux Trade products supplied to the project have contributed to us achieving a higher level of environmental performance at both.”

Paul Wright, Specifier Account Manager at Dulux Trade said: “Dulux Trade understands sustainable refurbishment not only benefits the environment, it also has financial benefits and encourages wellbeing and healthy living for building occupants. The Green House Project gave Dulux Trade a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the cutting edge environmental capabilities of the Ecosure portfolio and work with industry leaders to explore sustainable refurbishment.”

Ecosure Matt in the Light & Space colour range offers performance that matches and in some cases exceeds that of equivalent matt emulsions. Originally developed with leading independent charity Forum for the Future, Ecosure Matt has 35 per cent less embodied carbon than standard vinyl matt, minimum VOC content, and its paint cans comprise at least 25 per cent recycled materials. In combining this with the energy saving potential of the Light & Space colour range, Ecosure Matt Light & Space cements the Dulux Trade position as the leading, environmentally aware provider of sustainable paint.

Using unique nano-technology for a smoother, glossier finish, Dulux Trade Ecosure Gloss and Undercoat is durable, quick drying and offers good opacity and adhesion. With 30 per cent less embodied carbon when used as a system and 78 per cent less VOC content, the environmentally friendly product has all the advantages of water-based systems whilst achieving a professional finish.

Hat tip to the Painting & Decorators Association

Practical guide to water based paints

ICI Paints AkzoNobel has launched a brand new practical guide and DVD ‘Getting the Best Out of Water-Based Paints’, ensuring professional painters and decorators have all they need to make the switch to water-based trim coatings.

The handy, no-nonsense guide to using water-based coatings comprises a leaflet and accompanying DVD with tips and how-to’s, from which brush type is best to use to how to abrade a surface and advice on tool cleaning. The new guide gives professional appliers all the information they need to use the new generation of paints effectively in the transition from traditional solvent-based trim paints to water-borne alternatives.

To develop the guide, ICI Paints AkzoNobel has worked with its elite network of professional appliers, who have shared their experience of using water-based coatings on a daily basis. Using the feedback and technical advice from the people that know best, the manual is a ‘must have’ for every painting professional making the switch.

Akzonobel sponsors Painting Skills Legacy Workshop 2011

The parent company of Dulux Trade, AkzoNobel, has been announced as the title sponsor for the 2011 Painting Skills Legacy Workshop, in association with The International Association of Painting Contractors (UNIEP). Taking place between 30th May and 1st June in Amsterdam, the event will bring together painting professionals and trainees from around Europe and demonstrate the very latest in painting skills.

Places at the event are highly sought after as only three people from each UNIEP member country will be invited to take part. In order to enter, trainees must be on the EQF Level 2 equivalent in their national training programme and master painters must have ten years’ experience or EQF Level Four equivalent in national training.

The three day workshop and social networking event will offer an insight into delivering low-carbon, eco-friendly master finishes that transform buildings inside and out. The event will also leave a lasting impression on the local community through a painting project which will see trainees and professionals partner up on an assignment to transform a school in the suburbs of Amsterdam.

visit www.uniep.org for an application form and more information.

12th International Coatings Congress Issues Call for Papers

12th International Coatings CongressSÃO PAULO, Brazil – Technicians, professors, researchers and other professionals interested in presenting papers at the 12th International Coatings Congress may now submit their abstracts.

The Congress will be held Nov. 21-23, 2011, at the Transamerica Expo Center in São Paulo, Brazil. It is held in conjunction with the 12th International Exhibition of Coatings Industry Suppliers, as part of ABRAFATI 2011.

Those interested in presenting a lecture or participating in the poster session should submit an abstract by May 31, 2011, at www.abrafati2011.com.br.

New Paint Roller Paints Up to Two Times Faster Than Traditional Rollers

New Paint Roller "RapidRoller"Painting just got easier and cleaner with the innovative RapidRoller Paint Roller from Black & Decker.

Designed to alleviate consumer frustrations commonly associated with traditional paint rollers and trays, the RapidRoller provides a convenient, easy-to-use solution for painting projects, and helps consumers complete those projects up to two times faster than with traditional rollers.

Black and Decker say users will find the RapidRoller works like a traditional paint roller, and they will appreciate its added efficiency-focused features. These features include a handle that holds and dispenses paint and an exclusive three-position pivoting roller frame that allows users to paint up to the edge, in tough-to-reach corners and narrow locations like hallways, closets and bathrooms.

With the RapidRoller, reloading the roller is easy, saving time and helping keep the area clutter free by eliminating the need to fumble with a messy paint tray. Consumers can just continue to roll and feed paint as needed. And, with its unique EZ Fill System, filling the RapidRoller is as easy as 1-2-3. Simply place the fill lid on a standard paint can, draw paint from the can directly into the handle and squeeze the ratcheting trigger to dispense paint to the roller and onto the wall.

To keep the work area clean while the user is taking a break or working on cutting in, Black & Decker designed an exclusive kickstand for the RapidRoller. Consumers no longer have to set the roller in a tray of paint, balance it on a paint can or against a wall when taking a break.

“Painting has been among the most popular DIY projects for decades. Black & Decker is proud to provide a painting solution that solves common user frustrations,” said Steve Wiezorek, group product manager at Black & Decker. “The RapidRoller Paint Roller was designed with the customer in mind and helps speed up painting projects, eliminate trips to the paint tray and much more.”

The RapidRoller features a handful of other convenient features that provide users an enjoyable painting experience, including a ratcheting trigger paint advance for a controlled application, a snap-fit roller for a tight seal, a spatter shield for a clean roll and a non-shed roller for a lint-free finish.

The Black & Decker RapidRoller Paint Roller will be available in the spring of 2011 and will come with a two-year warranty.

New Dulux Trade Paint

Dulux Fast Matt Professional PaintDulux’s Trade division has launched a reformulated Fast Matt solution which improves the product range available for professional painters and decorators, helping them to achieve the highest standard of finish.

Included in the launch is a reformulated version of Dulux Trade Fast Matt together with Dulux Trade Supermatt, which provides a comprehensive solution for their customers, helping them to always shown off to its absolute best the finishes on new plasterwork and dry lining board.

The key benefits are:

  • A ready-for-use matt suitable for fresh plaster and dry-lining that offers easy application and gives less splatter.
  • Low sheen of product makes touch-up easy and gives an excellent finish.
  • Ideal for use in critical lighting conditions
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