News & Events
Viance Announces New Appointments and Promotions
Viance is pleased to announce two new personnel and three promotions in Sales and Marketing, Research, Business Development, and Engineering & Technical Services. Christopher Shadday, President of Viance, also announced the retirement of Dr. Alan Preston after 25 years with CSI and Viance . Everyone at Viance and CSI wishes Alan all the best in his future endeavors. Please read this announcement for the full details.
Viance Launches Continuing Education Course for Architects
Viance is proud to sponsor a new online Continuing Education course titled Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) for Commercial and Residential Structures. (Provider: Ron Blank & Associates, Inc.)
This course describes current code requirements and relevant FRTW products and applications that will aid designers and specifiers to better understand this category of products.
Course Number: VIA06B
Course Title: Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) For Commercial and Residential Structures
Course Credit: 1 AIA HSW CE Hour
Provider: Ron Blank & Associates, Inc.
By completing this course, the design professional will be able to:
1. Describe the fire retardant features of FRT wood, and difference between fire resistance and flame spread
2. List the various types of FRTW and their specific applications
3. Explain what the model building codes require, and how FRTW is specified
4. Describe how FRT wood is manufactured, tested and certified
Ecolife Featured in US Building Digest Video
Ecolife Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood was featured in a video shot at the 2011 Deck Expo show in Chicago. Viance Marketing Manager Richard Lane and Deck Store owner Bob Heidenreich each spoke about the positive benefits of building with Ecolife for outdoor projects. Viance is a sponsor of NADRA, the North American Deck and Railing Association, and attends Deck Expo each year to support the nation's top deck-building professionals.
Preserve ACQ Can Earn More Points under NGBS
The NAHB Research Center has approved three additional points toward National Green Building Certification to the ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard when Preserve® ACQ® and Preserve® Plus are chosen over wood/plastic/composite products that do not have a Life Cycle Assessment report.
Preserve ACQ and Preserve Plus are now eligible to receive up to 15 points under the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) practices 503.2(4), 602.8, and 609.1.
Designers, specifiers and architects seeking project certification under the NGBS can download a copy of the updated Preserve certificates on our Specs and Data page here, as well as 3-Part specs, MSDS and other important product information. For a complete listing of such certified products visit Green Approved Products for the NGBS.
USDA Report and recent Life Cycle Assessment Support Treated Wood as Green Building Material
On Sept. 29th, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the findings of a new US Forest Service study indicating that wood should be a factor as a primary building material in green building projects.
The report’s recommendations address Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) research, by “increasing acceptance and specification of wood as a green building material through the application of complete and current Life Cycle Assessment data and tools.”
This opinion corroborates the recent LCA on ACQ-treated lumber performed by AquAeTer for the Treated Wood Council.
The general conclusions of the LCA Report were that Wood-Plastic-Composite decking requires significantly more fossil fuel and total energy to make, and results in more green house gases, acid rain, smog and ecological toxicity when compared to ACQ-treated lumber.
Both Ecolife and Preserve ACQ are certified as Green Approved Products by the NAHB Research Center and are eligible for earning points under the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard.
Ecolife™ Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood Video Launch
Viance LLC launched a new video of the Ecolife Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood Performance Demonstration. This video shows the dramatic difference between Ecolife and ordinary treated wood.
The innovative preservation technology behind Ecolife slows the absorption and evaporation of water, allowing the wood to gradually adapt to changes in moisture content. Ecolife Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood significantly reduces the cracking, checking and splitting common to ordinary treated wood, helping the wood look better for longer.
Please watch the video and see for yourself. And then share this link with your friends.
July 8, 2011 Chris Shadday Succeeds Steve Ainscough as Viance President
Viance LLC, a joint venture between Rockwood Holdings, Inc., and The Dow Chemical Company (DOW) specializing in microbial control technologies for the treated wood market segment has announced the appointment of Chris Shadday as President of Viance, succeeding Steve Ainscough who has announced his intention to retire. The appointment will take effect August 1, 2011. Read the entire press release here.
Build Your Own Swimming Dock
Extreme How-To Magazine covers how to build a new swimming dock on an Alabama lake, and they used Ecolife Stabilized Weather-Resistant wood for the decking material.
May is Deck Safety Month
NADRA, the North American Deck and Railing Association, sponsors Deck Safety Month each May. All decks are not created equally, and NADRA offers many resources for consumers to select a qualified deck builder, a 10-point consumer safety checklist to use while inspecting one's deck, and an evaluation form for builders and inspectors to use while evaluating decks.
The site includes a wealth of other resources for consumers and deck builders, from consumer construction tips and picture galleries to building code information and local NADRA chapter information aimed at deck-building professionals. Visit www.nadra.org today.
March 4, 2011
Viance LLC and ARCAT, Inc., are pleased to announce the launch of Building Information Modeling (BIM) objects at the Viance page at ARCAT.com.
BIM is the next-generation of 3-D modeling software used by architects and designers, and is described as the process of generating and managing building data during its life cycle. Typically it uses three-dimensional, real-time, dynamic building modeling software to increase productivity in building design and construction. The process produces the Building Information Model (also abbreviated BIM), which encompasses building geometry, spatial relationships, geographic information, and quantities and properties of building components. Please visit Wikipedia for more info.