Recycling Ocean Floaties
The EPA reports that “every bit of plastic ever made still exists.” According to the Blue Eleven division of Benchwick of Northann Corp., all five of the Earth’s major ocean gyres are inundated with plastic pollution. The largest one has been dubbed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Enter Blue11 as a recycler of this plastic waste for a future in packaging, flooring, wall panels and other uses. Studies estimate there are now 15 trillion to 51 trillion pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans—from the equator to the poles, from Arctic ice sheets to the seafloor. Not one square mile of surface ocean anywhere on earth is free of plastic pollution. Blue11 cleans and processes the plastic harvested from the seas and fresh waterways for reuse. The ocean-inspired designs and panels are shipped in 100% recyclable packaging.
When famous men of the Renaissance climbed scaffolding with their paints and brushes to create masterpiece ceilings while on their backs, it answered a demand of patrons and their guests who regularly gazed or praised at such ceilings with deep reverence. Welcome to the 21st century and to Decorative Ceiling Tiles Inc. and its reinvention of the lost wall. Decorative Ceiling Tiles markets beautiful designs that are fire-resistant and green-certified. They run the gamut from revival looks of chalk, tin and copper to the modern choices of easy glue-up, nail-up, or drop-in faux metal, faux leather, styrofoam and pvc, all of which can be colored to order. The tiles are ideal for remodels that may need asbestos sealed and for new home builds. There’s no reason to settle on a flat-white or a popcorn ceiling when the selection at Decorative Ceiling Tiles is loaded with options. Plus, they ship to Hawaii. decorativeceilingtiles.net
A Slice of Vegan Concrete? Yes, Please!
University of Tokyo researcher Yuya Sakai has developed a technique to produce cement from food waste. Boil cement into a delicious meal by adjusting flavors, adding seasonings and breaking it into pieces. Sakai is an engineer specializing in concrete and recycling. Previously, he developed a technique for mixing recycled concrete powder and wood waste, generating a more resistant material through hot compression. That triggered the idea to test vegetables and fruit waste. Despite the whole process, the food still retains its original scents and, according to Sakai, the product is non-toxic and safe for consumption but “is very crunchy.” The foods’ original color is also maintained, generating a wide range of combinations and possibilities. After four months of exposure in a room, there were no reports of insect, worm or fungal attacks. Nor did the appearance change. However, to ensure greater durability—despite losing its edible potential—this cement can be waterproofed with a chemical substance or coated with lacquer. Read more at archdaily.com
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HPM Building Supply’s logo is now featured on Alpha ProTech signature REX Wrap, thanks to a partnership between the two companies. The wrap is lightweight and protects against UV rays, water, and defeats tears thanks to its non-woven drainable polypropylene mesh. HPM is the exclusive distributor of this wrap that is manufactured in Alabama, Georgia and Texas. REX Wrap is one of several Alpha ProTech products in stock at HPM’s Hawaii Island retail stores and will soon be stocked statewide. Contractors on Oahu, Kauai and Maui can place an order with HPM for delivery of Alpha ProTech products.
Incentivize Walking to Generate Electricity
Pavegen of London’s founder Laurence Kemball-Cook developed a technology that turns the steps we take into electrical power. Triangular platform boards that contain copper coils and magnets can be inserted into sidewalks. Each footstep that compresses the board from a depth of five mm to 10 mm generates about two to four joules, or an average of five watts, which is then stored in batteries. Pavegen can be used to access apps via Bluetooth to communicate with building management systems. It has also introduced a new digital platform to reward people for steps taken and, with permission, can provide customer analytics in various markets to determine how they use the benefits earned walking.
Natural, All Wood,
Straight as a Gun Barrel
Gun Barrel Pilings feature superior uniformity and refinement, making them best suited for structures wanting an aesthetic appeal. Made from natural wood, the pilings can be used in applications including exterior beach home pilings and solid interior columns. Gun Barrel Pilings are available in diameters ranging from 5 to 20 inches, and lengths up to 52 feet. According to manufacturer American Pole & Timber, round pilings mean there is no exposed heartwood, making them less susceptible to termites and marine borers (when used in water). The round shape of Gun Barrel Pilings improves the dynamics within storm surges, allowing the quick-moving water to flow by with minimal impact. Pilings and poles can be ordered highly treated for exterior and marine projects, or untreated for interior projects. Options include the timber be kiln-dried and ready for stain at the construction site. A variety of timber types and finishes to choose from. For water applications, you can opt to use a special polymer coating which will double their life.
The Michelin X Tweel Skid Steer Loader (SSL) family of airless radial tires completely eliminates downtime due to flat tires and the need for complex mounting equipment. Once they are bolted on, there is no air pressure to maintain. The unique energy transfer within their poly-resin spokes helps reduce the “bounce” associated with pneumatic tires while providing outstanding handling characteristics. The All Terrain tread is designed to provide excellent traction on a broad range of surfaces.
Drones provide accurate information about job sites—critical to successful construction projects. DroneDeploy app software integrates with select construction industry drones and quickly provides accurate and clear images of project sites. In fact, DroneDeploy can map 200 acres in 15 minutes. DroneDeploy can also:
• Capture real-time job site data with autonomous drones and create an interactive site view
• Create real-time maps, 3D models, videos or 360-degree virtual site tours
• Create, document and share a visual timeline with teams and stakeholders
• Use progress reports to track and communicate project progress
• Perform quick visual inspections from ground level to rooftops that pinpoint potentially costly issues early
With Fungi, Who Needs Landfills?
What’s the newest strategy for hard-to-recycle construction and demolition waste? Mushrooms. A proprietary mix of fungi species successfully broke down the asphalt shingles from a single-family home in a pilot experiment conducted through a partnership between Lendlease, Rubicon Technologies, Mycocycle and Rockwood Sustainable Solutions. The shingles were ground up and then mixed with mushroom species. According to Sara Neff, Lendlease head of sustainability, the fungi break down toxins and bind heavy metals, removing the potential to cause harm. In fact, the end product can be used as compost. mycocycle.com
Volvo Construction Equipment plans to invest approximately $32.7 million into its articulated haulers production facility in Braås, Sweden, between now and 2027 as a sign of its commitment to lead construction toward a more sustainable future. Volvo’s Braås facility designs and manufactures articulated haulers for the global market and produced a fossil-free construction machine, the A30G, the world’s first to be delivered to a customer worksite. Volvo’s factory will now produce a larger range of articulated haulers with different types of powertrains to reflect the shift in demand toward equipment with more sustainable power sources. volvoce.com
What do Benjamin Moore and The Pantone Color Institute have in common?
Their choices for 2023 Color of the Year.
We won’t throw shade at the winners, but red is quite a departure from last year’s swatch of earthy, green colors.pantone.com
Dig This App
Compact excavators are more efficient, thanks to the new Leica iCon site excavator 3D system, which rolled out in late 2022 with three components. There’s an optiontal communication device, an app that uses existing software by iCON and a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver. The best part is that digital plans can be shared across any machine connected to the same job. Doesn’t matter if it’s a compact excavator, or a heavy earthmover.
Light as Air
Air compressors are notorious for being loud, bulky and heavy. Not this one. The Makita (AC001GM1) 40V Max XGT cordless air compressor weighs a mere 23 pounds on a 2-gallon-tank capacity and boasts a noise rating of 68 decibels. You’ll want to exercise safety when using this Makita—a single 4.0-amp-hour-battery charge on this machine can drive as many as 700 2-inch brad nails.
New Kid on the Block
Hemp—one of the most versatile materials on our planet—is used to make rope, paper, biofuel and a sustainable building material called HempBLOCKS. As of this writing, two types of HempBLOCKS systems were available in the Islands: the 300 load-bearing, interlocking system for in-fill walls; and the HempBLOCK masonry-method system for insulation, renovations and partitions. Not only are they fire-resistant and carbon-negative, but they repel pests and mold, too.
Sunbelt Adds All-Electric Bobcat to Fleet
Through an exclusive agreement with Bobcat, a Sunbelt Rentals establishment in California has taken delivery of the Bobcat T7X All-Electric Compact Track Loader. Soon, it will be available in other states, but it’s not yet on the radar for Hawaii’s Sunbelt Rentals establishments.
The environmentally friendly green machine is powered by a 60.5-kilowatt lithium-ion battery and an all-electric powertrain. The T7X produces zero emissions, is nearly silent and is low-vibration. Depending on the application, the battery in the T7X can provide up to four hours of continuous operation or a full day under normal contractor intermittent operation, said Bobcat at the time of the product launch. The smart machine also features two-way telematics communication, which provides data about the performance of the machine, along with operator-focused data to change machine preferences, tune the performance to certain job situations and upgrade product features.
Budget-Friendly Eterra Typhoon
The Eterra Typhoon Clearing Mower for skid steers and compact track loaders is designed as an industrial-grade cutter at a lower price. The Eterra Typhoon attachments are promised to “outperform and outlast any other extreme brush cutter.” Inside the Typhoon is the largest, heaviest and highest-quality drive system applicable to a compact equipment mower. The precision of the Eterra drive allows for a professional-grade mower with the highest standards. The blade bar is a double-reverse diamond with the power to start up easily and with impressive spin action while still maintaining a moderate mulching ability. The blade holder is made of 1-inch-thick T1 structural steel, cut with a laser and by a program that is Computer Numerical Controlled for the type of precision manufacturing that produces structurally sound and safe products.
A Better View
HPM Building Supply sells, installs and stands behind Andersen Windows & Doors products when it comes to price and quality. Manufactured in the U.S. since 1903, Andersen’s innovations and adaptability have produced sturdy and stylish wood windows. For the climates of Hawaii, Andersen’s composite blend of vinyl and wood is a great alternative as it provides the durability of wood while withstanding humidity with the performance of vinyl. The wood and composite windows are highly customizable. Through HPM Building Supply on Hawaii Island, Anderson can design completely custom windows to fit any home—from a window wall or one made with your own wood. An example is the new development under construction on Hawaii Island, the Lofts at Waikoloa in Waikoloa Village, featuring Andersen windows.
The Cutting Edge
Makita recently introduced the 18V LXT (XVJ04Z) Jig Saw, a lithium-ion cordless cutter that’s fast and compact, with a brushless motor, variable speeds and straight and orbital settings to cut wood and other materials requiring precision. The tool weighs a mere 5.5 pounds and boasts a 90-degree maximum cutting capacity: 5 and 5/16 inches for wood; 3/8 inches for steel; and 25/32 inches for aluminum. With specs like that, this jig saw is anything but puzzling.
Triggered and Happy
Feeling sore and tired after a grueling day on the job site? Theragun massage guns relieve muscle pain through high-frequency vibrations and variable speeds. Each weighs less than 3 pounds with triangular, ergonomic shapes for easy gripping. The Pro model has six attachment heads, while the Elite and Prime have five and four attachments, respectively. Be careful when using massage guns for major injuries and pain, however, and consult your doctor when in doubt.
No Paper Jam, Here
Imagine a printer that draws layouts on construction site floors. It prints complex arcs, lines and texts. And it works 10 times faster and more accurately than humans who specialize in layouts and blueprints. This, folks, is the HP SitePrint, a new construction robot that launched in September and will begin selling commercially in 2023. Cost-wise, HP says it will charge a single fee per square foot for the printer’s software, cloud service, ink and maintenance. But don’t worry—robots aren’t taking over the industry. Humans still need to operate the printer via remote control.
Suck It Up!
As Hawaii struggles with water shortages, HydroFlo steps up with 100% percent permeable pavers that direct stormwater runoff directly into the pebbles below and support nearby vegetation by rehydrating the subsoil. According to Pacific Interlock Pavers, the product is designed to help recover ground water and assist in erosion control. The company says the pavers are stronger than poured concrete or asphalt, so they are appropriate for both residential and commercial settings. They come in a variety of colors and textures and are ADA-compliant—neither wheelchairs nor rubbish can get caught between the pavers that are snuggled 1/8 inch apart.
Take That, Global Warming!
Not all wood decks can be installed on the ground, in the ground and underwater like MoistureShield Composite Decking. Made from 95% recycled material, the composite board can withstand Hawaii’s elements—extreme heat, insect damage and year-round moisture—for more than 30 years. CoolDeck Technology reduces heat absorption by 35%, keeping luau feet and pet paws safe from scorching. MoistureShield Composite Decking is available statewide through HPM Building Supply’s Kona location.
Three Day Bag for Two
Prepare for work emergencies and natural disasters with The DECKED X Uncharted D-Bag, a military-grade kit designed to keep two people alive for 72 hours. First aid and survival tools aside, this bug-out bag includes a Zeus portable power station and jump starter, chemical lights, emergency shelter, crank radio, water and 1,200-calorie ration bars. decked.com
It Passed The Bug Test
Got a coworker who perspires aplenty and attracts mosquitoes? No Sweat is a patented anti-bug technology that sticks to the inside of construction hard hats—and absorbs forehead sweat. The disposable liners have a peel-and-stick application that can be used up to five times. A subscription for regular deliveries is recommended. nosweatco.com
To prevent traumatic brain injuries, WaveCel launched its Type II+ full-brimmed hard hats, which use the same technology as bicycle and snowboard helmets. Lining the inside is a “spatial cellular structure” that reduces concussions by up to 98% and absorbs up to 73% more rotational force caused by a blow to the head. The hard hats come in two models: the non-vented WaveCel T2+Pro for electrical jobs; and the WaveCel T2+Max, vented with a higher air flow. wavecel.com
THE PRINT ECONOMY
Imagine using a 3D printer to build a 1,000-square-foot house in less than 20 hours. Launched earlier this year, Black Buffalo 3D Corp.’s NEXCON 1G printer uses a proprietary 3D concrete ink with aggregate to construct buildings of up to three stories. The open-hopper design on an interchangeable nozzle allows operators to visually inspect the mix while manually running small test batches. Built-in controls automatically start and stop the printer, leaving space for windows, doors, plumbing and electrical components. The NEXCON 1G prints up to 9.8 inches per second—the fastest permitted by law—and can run uninterrupted for over 12 hours at a time. bb3d.io
PHOTO COURTESY BLACK BUFFALO 3D CORP.
TAKE THE FLOOR!
Got a scruffy concrete floor? Cover it with a glossy, high-performance finish. The DaiHard MAX Industrial Strength Epoxy Floor Coating Kit is a self-priming, two-part formula that glides smoothly onto floors with a squeegee or roller, protecting concrete from hot tires, high-foot traffic, forklift and tire damage, mold and mildew, and other trauma. For texture, sprinkle (the provided) vinyl flakes onto the wet surface and watch it dry into a decorative, slip-proof floor.
PHOTO COURTESY DAICH COATINGS
NOT A WHOOPIE CUSHION
AirShim is an inflatable pry bar for heavy items, such as windows, countertops, refrigerators and more. Its portability allows one person to do the heavy lifting—ultimately saving time and money on jobs. An attached pump inflates the Airshim, which can fit into gaps of up to 2.5 inches. Depending on the item’s weight, three modes are available: The AirShim Slim for 150 pounds; the AirShim for 300 pounds; and the AirShim Pro XL that can lift 500 pounds. amazon.com
PHOTO COURTESY AIRSHIM
Liebherr sets a world record with the LTM 130-6.3, a mobile, all-terrain crane with a 295-foot telescopic boom and lift capacity of 330 tons. Powered by an 8-cylinder diesel engine, this fast-moving crane’s eight-section boom can be separated and quickly re-installed for variable axle loads. The VarioBallast feature allows operators to adjust the ballast radius between 16 and 19 feet—with a simple touch of a button.
PHOTO COURTESY LIEBHERR
Be Aware with Jon Bon Jovi’s Clear 360 Pro
Of course, Jon Bon Jovi has a company with solutions to protect your hearing. We’re talking to you, heavy equipment operators and construction workers! Clear 360 Venture Inc., a subsidiary of Bongiovi Media and Technology, has launched the Clear 360 Pro as a solution for heavy industry’s noisy environments. The Clear 360 Pro headset is Bluetooth-enabled when paired to two-way radio communications for phone calls or music and offers superior hearing protection from both continuous and transient sounds. A team of medical doctors and sound engineers from Bongiovi Acoustics collaborated with Trimble Inc. and created a device that is regulated by the EPA, is ANSI/ASA- compliant and has a Noise Reduction Rating of 24 decibels. The Clear 360 Pro is calibrated at an 85-decibel range as it duplicates the process of sound passing through the ear canal. clear360products.com
The American Cancer Society found that outdoor workers are 10 times more likely to develop conditions from harmful UV radiation. Every day, 8,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer, but only 18 percent of outdoor workers say they always wear sunscreen at work. Meanwhile, those same outdoor workers experience 10 times more exposure to harmful UV radiation. Enter the realm of TrueWerk with its bright and light utility clothing for men and women with built-in ultraviolet protection. truewerk.com
Tether Your Tools
Hammerhead Industries, manufacturer of Gear Keeper industrial tool tethering systems, has announced new TL1-3044 ANSI-compliant 3/4-inch Super Coil tool tethers for heavy tools and instruments. The TL1-3044 Personal Tool Tethers are strong with impact-absorbing tethers. Their nylon webbing construction with integrated elastic provides the shortest retraction length to minimize entanglement and low-force extension to reduce fatigue during use. The half-inch Super Coil is a flexible, low-profile coil system that provides up to an 8-foot working area for tools like power drills, nail guns, power drivers and other similar tools and instruments. gearkeeper.com
He Sheds She Sheds Wee Sheds
Truss Systems Hawaii of Maui launched its new business, ShedPro Hawaii, to answer the demand for sheds for home projects, new ideas, recliners, LCD TVs and refrigerators. ShedPro Hawaii offers three basic models, custom designable with a wide variety of options for paint, doors and windows. An overwhelming response during its soft opening bears witness to the needs of families in search of additional storage space and the much-coveted he- and she-shed spaces that are currently popular. The ShedPro Hawaii’s ordering and design system allows customers to enter their ideas. Once customers finish the online 3D shed design, the team builds it with high-quality, Hi-Bor-treated lumber, siding and other materials. The team members can custom design software/configurator, and the computerized robotic saws cut errors and waste as handily as they do wood. The result? Custom-made sheds that are affordable, attractive and durable. ShedPro Hawaii was inspired by the initial Truss Sheds (of Truss Systems Hawaii) when it pivoted in 2010 toward sheds for Maui County—Lanai and Molokai included—after the construction industry in Hawaii slowed.
Wall Of Duty
Vibrant colors. Graceful arches. Bold wall patterns. Whether you’re constructing high rises or hotels, Senergy Wall Systems offer a wide range of options for stucco work on building exteriors. The Senergy brand is well-respected in the industry for R&D and materials that stand the test of time. Now available at HPM Building Supply, Senergy products have been used in local construction projects—including Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Wai Kai in Ewa Beach and Koula at Ward Village.
To protect your hearing, Klein Tools’ Bluetooth Jobsite Earbuds fill the ear canals with expandable foam tips—reducing noise levels to 28 decibels. The earbuds are dust-proof and waterproof and have built-in microphones with Bluetooth 5.0 connection to accept phone calls in between listening to music. Batteries in both the earbuds and charging case provide up to 15 hours of runtime. Model AESEB1 (released in 2022) comes with USB-A to USB-C charging cables. homedepot.com
Crime In Real Time
When gates and locks don’t offer enough protection, TrueLook’s Jobsite Surveillance system confirms threats and identifies trespassers in real time. The system uses human verification and Intelligent Motion Alerts technology to monitor jobsites during pre-set hours and in pre-designated locations. When criminal activity is detected, TrueLook receives a live video clip of the site and notifies law enforcement, if needed. The package includes lifetime-warranty cameras, a mobile-friendly app and a monthly service fee. truelook.com
Drum On Down!
Most drum cutters move from side to side when digging trenches. Epiroc’s newly released drum cutter, the VC 2000, moves in a straight line, similar to a bucket. The movement prevents wear-and-tear on the carrier arm and reduces energy by up to 40 percent. The cutter, measuring 40 inches wide with 60 picks, attaches to excavators weighing between 20 tons and 40 tons. epiroc.com/en-us
One way to keep workers safe is to regularly repair and maintain heavy equipment. Wear-Flex High Strength Rapid Repair Compound fixes off-road tires, forklifts and cracked concrete and is available in self-leveling and non-sag formulas for horizontal and vertical applications. The self-mixing urethane repair solution is designed for high-vibration, expandable surfaces. To attest to its strength, Wear-Flex’s creators conducted an experiment on the International Space Station to observe the effect of microgravity on rubber compounds. Rubber formed during the spaceflight—and stayed in place even after space crews landed on Earth. lawsonproducts.com
Stellar Industries introduces the CDTpro control system. Available through Crane Tech LLC in Mililani, the CDTpro has an ergonomically designed handheld transmitter with an over-molded rubber bumper system to maximize durability while keeping it lightweight. CDTpro has a full suite of feedback screens, including current load on the crane, distance to maximum capacity and vibratory alerts to let the operator know when approaching the maximum load capacities. Its patent-pending Range Finder technology estimates distance and calculates capacities from the operator’s location when holding the remote.
Running with Scissors
JLG introduces two 2646 scissor lift models: ES2646 electric mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) and hydraulic-drive R2646 MEWP. Both have a platform height of 26 feet and a capacity of 1,200 pounds. Available through Grainger in Honolulu, the ES2646 and R2646 JLG MEWPs share a common chassis and platform, offering 32 feet of working height and the ability to carry two occupants to height in indoor applications and one occupant outdoors. The ES2646 model is available with optional CleanGuard leak-containment system for work on sensitive flooring. The R2646 has active pothole protection that provides increased ground clearance when working on demanding terrain.
Caps & Straps
Green Link Eco-Engineering has changed the composition of its straps and caps to injection molded glass-reinforced nylon, still retaining the striking “safety yellow” color. Straps are designed for Heavy Pipe while a cap design was developed for Lite Pipe Supports. The Heavy Pipe KnuckleHead strap secures a 2 1/2-inch nominal pipe. The Lite Pipe Support cap is designed to secure a single 1-inch nominal pipe or two 1/2-inch nominal pipes.
These straps increase the stability of pipes, conduit, channel and related mechanical equipment, and satisfy local code requirements. To contact a Hawaii sales rep, email [email protected]
Hitachi’s EX2000-7 excavator, available through Papé Machinery, builds on the productivity of the EX1900-6 with reduced fuel consumption. An efficient QST30-C Cummins engine meets U.S. EPA Final Tier 4 (FT4) regulations. Individually controlled hydraulic pumps use an electric regulator on each main pump, optimizing engine power and lowering fuel consumption. Available in backhoe or front-shovel configurations and as an electric model. The optional Aerial Angle system provides a real-time bird’s-eye view around the machine.