Enclosure Or Cover, With Supplemental Fluid-guiding Port Between Ambient And Enclosed Usable Space (e.g., Roof Ridge Vent) Patents (Class 52/198)
  • Patent number: 11313138
    Abstract: A vented and water control paneling has improved drainage and integrated ventilation air space. The water control paneling may be fabricated with an omnidirectional relief pattern formed on its back surface. The relief pattern spaces the vented and water control paneling away from a structure to which it is secured, thereby providing an omnidirectional drainage plane between the back surface of the paneling and the structure. The omnidirectional drainage plane provides an unimpeded ventilation and drainage path of water and/or water vapor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Norwood Architecture, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Norwood, Amir Abu-Jaber
  • Patent number: 11242686
    Abstract: In a roof window system, the roof window (1) has a frame with a frame top member (21), and a sash with a sash top member (31), and further a ventilation device (40) for connection to a ventilation assembly by means of transition means provided between the ventilation assembly and the frame top member (21) and the sash top member (31) of the roof window (1) to accommodate a set of flow paths for air to and from the ventilation assembly. The transition means comprise a plurality of apertures (2102) extending through the frame top member (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Inventors: Per Jacobsen, René Borup-Jensen
  • Patent number: 10125494
    Abstract: Roof ridge end caps are installed at the highest elevations of the peaks of gabled roofs to prevent damage caused by the roosting habits of birds. Exemplary roof ridge end caps of the invention include a roof ridge end cap peak formed by angularly connected side panels, opposed and adjustable face panels that may be moved apart or together to adjust the angle at the peak and a tail portion, each of which provides a further covering function to the area around a roof peak. Also disclosed are methods of installing the roof ridge end caps to prevent bird damage and deterioration at the peak edges of a roof in which the roof ridge end cap is attached in a clockwise rotational displacement to the face of the building fascia to secure it over the roof tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Bal Heo
  • Patent number: 9422724
    Abstract: A roof underlay seal (1) for a leadthrough penetrating a roof structure, includes a tubular collar (2) and a flange portion (3) laterally extending from the collar and surrounding it. The collar (2) is attached to a flange portion (3) via a flexible sleeve (4) extending between the collar (2) and the flange portion (3) for setting the upper end of the collar (2) flexibly at a desired distance from the flange portion (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: SK TUOTE OY
    Inventors: Eero Saikkonen, Pasi Puikkonen
  • Patent number: 9342634
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for laying out a dormer that projects outward from a main roof and has a gable end and a dormer roof originating at a dormer point and terminating at an outer edge of the dormer roof near the gabled end. The dormer includes roof sheathing supported by dormer trusses. The dormer trusses include a gable truss and a plurality of valley trusses. The method includes receiving a plurality of dormer inputs from a user. A plurality of layouts for the roof sheathing on the dormer roof are generated as a function of the dormer inputs. One or more layouts are then recommended to a user to reduce a quantity of roof sheathing waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Dean Onchuck
  • Patent number: 9334655
    Abstract: A roofing system in a building structure having a ridge vent includes strips of composite material having a base material adapted to form a hermetic seal with the top surface of a roofing section and recesses in a top surface in which an air permeable material can be positioned. A strip is applied to roof sections adjacent to each side of a ridge vent so that a ridge cap can overlay the strips in spaced relation from the underlying roof sections and be sealingly secured to the roof sections. The strip material establishes a barrier between the ridge cap and the roof sections through which air can pass, but through which the passage of rain and insects is inhibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: MARCO INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Mark D. Polumbus, Daniel Housley, Robert P. Harris
  • Patent number: 9140013
    Abstract: A roof structure and a vented eave riser are described. A vented eave riser can include a barrier wall with one or more air flow openings, and an ember impedance structure positioned proximate to the barrier wall. A roof structure may comprise a roof deck and a layer of roof cover elements spaced above the roof deck to form an air layer between the roof deck and the roof cover elements. The roof structure may also comprise one or more vent members each replacing and mimicking an appearance of one or more roof cover elements of the layer of roof cover elements, and/or at least one vented eave riser positioned at an eave between the roof deck and the layer of roof cover elements. The vent members and/or the vented eave riser may further include an ember impedance structure, such as a fire-resistant mesh material or a baffle structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory S. Daniels
  • Patent number: 9022845
    Abstract: A ventilated roof features an elongated vent having a vent opening and an elongated vent shingle supporting surface. The vent opening is in fluid communication with a slot defined by the top surface of a roof deck and communicating through the roof deck. An end cap has an end cap shingle supporting surface and is located adjacent to an end of the elongated vent. The vent and the end cap adjacent to the vent are supported in an equivalent spaced-apart relation to the top surface of the roof deck. The elongated vent shingle supporting surface, the end cap shingle supporting surface and the top surface of the roof deck provide a substantially continuous support to a shingle overlapping any two of those elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: John C. Henderson
  • Patent number: 9016008
    Abstract: A vented ridge cap assembly can include an upper ridge cap member and one or more non-continuous members configured to support the ridge cap member at a position spaced above a roof of a structure. The non-continuous members include one or more gaps to allow air to pass there through. The ridge cap assembly can optionally include a non-continuous member with one or more folds so as to define two or more parallel walls which can provide enhanced rigidity and/or wind resistance. Optionally, the roof cap assembly can include lower mounting portions for mating with upper surface of a roof structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald Knighton
  • Patent number: 9003717
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ventilation well with hurricane-resistant function for a building comprising an inclined roof (11), intended to be adapted to said building in such a way as to extend over its entire height, communicating towards the exterior of the building at the peak of the roof, and having at least one lateral opening (3, 4) communicating with the inside volume of the building, characterized in that it further comprises a cap (5) which may be adjustable in height and/or removable at the top of the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Centre Scientifique et Technique du Batiment
    Inventors: Christian Barre, Jean-Paul Bouchet, Philippe Delpech, Marc Dufresne de Virel, Gerard Grillaud, Olivier Flamand
  • Patent number: 9003730
    Abstract: A roof vent and a roof structure are described. A roof vent can include a baffle with a cross-section where a first portion extends upward from a bottom plate and a second portion extends from the first portion to define a space between the bottom plate and the second portion. A roof structure may or may not have a roof deck, and comprises a plurality of roof cover elements with a radiant barrier layer underneath the top surfaces of at least some of the roof cover elements. In another embodiment, a roof structure may comprise more sheathing layer vent members than roof cover layer vent members. In yet another embodiment, a roof structure may comprise a layer of roof tiles with at least one vent member, the vent member comprising lateral end portions of a base member with a non-planar profile to engage a similar profile of an adjacent roof cover element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory S. Daniels
  • Patent number: 8978342
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include methods of radiant heat rejection, and structures for use in same, where Aluminet® is provided in a roof or an attic of a building structure. The Aluminet® material is installed by providing a structure for the material to breathe, that is, the material is provided so that an air space surrounds it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Auburn University
    Inventors: David Pascoe, David Hinson, Robert Sproull, Ryan Salvas, John L. Locker
  • Patent number: 8978323
    Abstract: A pitch adjustable ridge ventilator preferably includes a plurality of adjustable pitch members, a pair of perforated members, a pair of perforated support members and a pair of U-shaped drip members. The adjustable pitch members are bendable to a particular angle. A first perforated support member is attached to a bottom of a first perforated member and a first side of the plurality adjustable pitch members. A second perforated support member is attached to a bottom of a second perforated member and a second side of the plurality adjustable pitch members. The first and second perforated support members are attached to a roof. Roof sheathing is attached to a top of the plurality of adjustable pitch members. A U-shaped drip member is attached over the roof sheathing and located under the perforated member. Each end of the pitch adjustable ridge ventilator is terminated with an end plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Metal-Era, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph A. Inzeo
  • Patent number: 8978317
    Abstract: A coping for attachment to a wall with an exterior building facade includes at least one anchor clip and a coping cover. The anchor clip includes a clip support channel, a cover support and a spring support. The clip support channel includes a top member, a first side member and a second side member. The spring support is attached to the top member on a first end. The cover support is attached to the top member and the second side member. The coping cover includes a top surface, a first side surface and a second side surface. A bottom end of the first and second side surfaces are terminated with first and second attachment clips. The coping cover is attached to the at least one anchor clip. The facade coping system also includes a splice channel, a corner support clip, a corner coping cover and an end cap coping cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Metal-Era, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph A. Inzeo
  • Patent number: 8973325
    Abstract: A method for roof drainage for reducing urban waterlogging, the method including: arranging a drainage device on a roof, the drainage device including a drainage exit and a drainage pipe including a wall; increasing the height of the drainage exit to allow the drainage exit to be between 5 and 10 cm higher than the roof; arranging a water outlet hole having a drainage capacity on the wall of the drainage pipe at a position that has the same height as the roof or is lower than the roof; disposing a siphon including an inlet and an outlet on an upper part of the drainage pipe, allowing the inlet to face the roof, and allowing the outlet to extend into the drainage pipe; and disposing a ball cock mechanism on the wall of the drainage wall to control the water outlet hole to open or close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignees: Chongqing University, Shenzhen Yuezhong (Group) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hongxiang Chai, Songming Tan, Hong Wu, Weijie Wang, Ganlin Zhang, Wei Chen, Wei Kang, Zhengsong Wu, Sai Zhang
  • Patent number: 8969505
    Abstract: A branched aromatic polycarbonate resin having a degree of branching (N value) controlled within a specific range is manufactured by subjecting an aromatic polycarbonate prepolymer that has a branched structure introduced using a specific amount of a branching agent to molecular-weight-increasing linking reaction with an aliphatic diol compound in the presence of a transesterification catalyst under the condition of a reduced pressure. The amount (A) of the branching agent used is adjusted on the basis of the correlation between the amount (A) of the branching agent used and the N value of the branched aromatic polycarbonate resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Isahaya, Atsushi Hirashima, Hidefumi Harada, Maki Ito, Jun-ya Hayakawa, Takehiko Isobe, Taichi Tokutake, Yousuke Shinkai
  • Patent number: 8935895
    Abstract: A rollable ridge vent panel includes first and second sidewalls, each including flexure portions. A side member extends in a direction that is parallel with the longitudinal extent of the ridge vent panel. A flex member includes a first wall and a second wall that are connected via a flex line and which flare from a top side of the ridge vent panel to a bottom side of the ridge vent panel. A first vented portion is disposed between the first sidewall and the body. A second vented portion is disposed between the second sidewall and the body. A plurality of primary buttresses are disposed in a parallel arrangement on an underside of the body, each being disposed substantially normal to the body. A plurality of secondary buttresses are disposed parallel to the plurality of primary buttresses on the underside of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Quality Edge, Inc.
    Inventor: John Mankowski
  • Patent number: 8925262
    Abstract: A solar ridge vent includes an elongated laterally flexible panel having edge portions and ventilation grids extending along the edge portions. Channel members extend along the edge portions of the panel and define channels that have channel openings facing inwardly. The channels are sized to receive edges of auxiliary components to hold the auxiliary components on the ridge vent. The auxiliary components may be ridge cap shingles, slate cap shingles, light emitting emergency location panels, or fluid heating panels. In a preferred embodiment, solar power generating panels are configured to be mounted on the ridge vent with its edges held in the channels. A remote electrical box has chargeable batteries, a power inverter, and an AC outlet to provide electrical power in an emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Building Materials Investment Corporation
    Inventors: Sudhir Railkar, Walter Zarate, Matti Kiik
  • Patent number: 8915022
    Abstract: A system for management of a roof having first and second decks covering an unconditioned space in a building and a peak, the system having a first channel extending from proximate a lower end of the first deck towards the peak and a second channel extending from proximate a lower end of the second deck towards the peak. The system further includes a router positioned proximate the peak, the router enabling air flowing to the peak from the first channel to be selectively routed to one of a plurality of directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Frank W. Klink, John S. Edwards
  • Publication number: 20140352915
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein provide systems and methods that utilize radiant energy to adjust an interior occupant space temperature of an interior occupant space in a building structure. In a building structure comprising building components (e.g., wall, ceiling, floor, roof, etc.) that form the interior occupant space, a system may comprise an adjacent volume formed adjacent to an interior occupant space, of the building structure, using at least one of the building components. The adjacent volume may have an adjacent-volume temperature, may be substantially air sealed from the interior occupant space, and may share a boundary with the interior occupant space. The system may further comprise a thermal conditioning module coupled to the adjacent volume, where the thermal conditioning module is capable of adjusting the adjacent-volume temperature within the adjacent volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Narayanan Raju
  • Patent number: 8844220
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a computer room which is surrounded by a lower floor, at least one side wall and a roof, with an air-permeating load-bearing floor disposed above the lower floor, on which, in use, computer equipment is disposed. A separation arrangement provides for the separation from each other of a riser channel for hot air above the computer equipment on the one hand and a return channel for air being carried back from the top of the computer room to the space under the load-bearing floor on the other hand. The surface area of the return channel of a cross-section of the computer room amounts to at least 5% of the surface area of the riser channel of the same cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Boersema Installatie-Adviseurs B.V.
    Inventor: Kornelis Hendrik Boersema
  • Publication number: 20140259998
    Abstract: A solar ridge vent includes an elongated laterally flexible panel having edge portions and ventilation grids extending along the edge portions. Channel members extend along the edge portions of the panel and define channels that have channel openings facing inwardly. The channels are sized to receive edges of auxiliary components to hold the auxiliary components on the ridge vent. The auxiliary components may be ridge cap shingles, slate cap shingles, light emitting emergency location panels, or fluid heating panels. In a preferred embodiment, solar power generating panels are configured to be mounted on the ridge vent with its edges held in the channels. A remote electrical box has chargeable batteries, a power inverter, and an AC outlet to provide electrical power in an emergency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Sudhir Railkar, Walter Zarate, Matti Kiik
  • Patent number: 8826610
    Abstract: A damage prevention housing for a roof pipe may include a hollow body having an interior dimensioned to enclose a roof pipe on a roof, the hollow body having an open proximal end suitable for positioning over the roof pipe and a partially closed distal end dimensioned to preclude access by rodents but allow movement of gases therethrough. The hollow body may further include an aperture positioned adjacent to the proximal end for allowing liquids and gases to move through the aperture and a fastener for securing the hollow body in a fixed position relative to the roof pipe and the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy John Laufer
  • Patent number: 8820001
    Abstract: A roof valley water diverter is provided herein for changing direction of rain water flowing through a roof valley. The diverter includes at least first and second side plates joined together to form a trough extending along a longitudinal axis and configured to channel a flow of rain water therethrough. A deflector plate, having opposing first and second faces, is secured to at least the first and second side plates such that the first face intersects the longitudinal axis. At least one gap is defined between the first face and at least one of the first and second side plates. Advantageously, the diverter of the subject invention allows for re-direction of flow of rain water from a roof valley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventors: Alan Hunter, Oleksandr Goshko
  • Patent number: 8806823
    Abstract: A sealing component is disclosed that is installed across an uneven surface without having dedicated segments for engaging raised and recessed portions of the uneven surface. The sealing component may include an elongated strip of compressible nonwoven material. The elongated strip may include an adhesive on one or two sides. In a pre-installation configuration, the strip may be wound into a coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Marco Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark D. Polumbus
  • Patent number: 8793943
    Abstract: A roof vent and a roof structure are described. A roof vent can include a baffle with a cross-section where a first portion extends upward from a bottom plate and a second portion extends from the first portion to define a space between the bottom plate and the second portion. A roof structure may or may not have a roof deck, and comprises a plurality of roof cover elements with a radiant barrier layer underneath the top surfaces of at least some of the roof cover elements. In another embodiment, a roof structure may comprise more sheathing layer vent members than roof cover layer vent members. In yet another embodiment, a roof structure may comprise a layer of roof tiles with at least one vent member, the vent member comprising lateral end portions of a base member with a non-planar profile to engage a similar profile of an adjacent roof cover element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory S. Daniels
  • Publication number: 20140202093
    Abstract: A vented ridge cap assembly can include an upper ridge cap member and one or more non-continuous members configured to support the ridge cap member at a position spaced above a roof of a structure. The non-continuous members include one or more gaps to allow air to pass there through. The ridge cap assembly can optionally include a non-continuous member with one or more folds so as to define two or more parallel walls which can provide enhanced rigidity and/or wind resistance. Optionally, the roof cap assembly can include lower mounting portions for mating with upper surface of a roof structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald Knighton
  • Patent number: 8782967
    Abstract: A roof structure and a vented eave riser are described. A vented eave riser can include a barrier wall with one or more air flow openings, and an ember impedance structure positioned proximate to the barrier wall. A roof structure may comprise a roof deck and a layer of roof cover elements spaced above the roof deck to form an air layer between the roof deck and the roof cover elements. The roof structure may also comprise one or more vent members each replacing and mimicking an appearance of one or more roof cover elements of the layer of roof cover elements, and/or at least one vented eave riser positioned at an eave between the roof deck and the layer of roof cover elements. The vent members and/or the vented eave riser may further include an ember impedance structure, such as a fire-resistant mesh material or a baffle structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory S. Daniels
  • Patent number: 8776480
    Abstract: A roof assembly for covering a building includes a first structural layer coupled to the framework of the building, a second structural layer positioned above the first structural layer, and an insulating layer including a roof insulation panel positioned between the first and second structural layers. A ventilating purlin extends between and contacts the first and second structural layers along at least one edge of the roof insulation panel. The ventilating purlin transfers loads from the second structural layer to the first structural layer without using the insulating layer for structural support. The ventilating purlin also includes at least one ventilation opening positioned to enable air flow through the ventilating purlin into a ventilating layer of air space formed between the insulating layer and the second structural layer. Thus, the ventilating purlin permits full ventilation of the roof assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph A. Kabel
  • Patent number: 8776450
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a building roof structure formed by a skeleton, hollow assemblies, a waterproof layer and a heat insulation plate. The hollow assemblies are installed on the skeleton, the waterproof layer is paved on the hollow assemblies and the heat insulation plate is disposed above the waterproof layer. Hot air rising up inside the building and heat accumulated on the roof by being exposed to sun can all be circulated out through cooling spaces formed by the hollow assemblies, which achieves the cooling effect of natural air circulation to reduce temperature inside the building without using external fans or air drafting equipment. Therefore, the green building concept that saves energy and reduces CO2 emission is complied with, thereby improving the living quality of building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Men-Chyan Lee
  • Patent number: 8763325
    Abstract: An adjustable roof jack, having: a flange; a first tapered cylinder fixedly connected to the flange; a second tapered cylinder rotationally connected to the first tapered cylinder; a vent cap tapered cylinder rotationally connected to the second tapered cylinder; and a vent cap assembly fixedly attached to the vent cap tapered cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Ventura S. Rodriguez, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140165481
    Abstract: A roofing system, especially suited for use with metal roofing panels includes a V-shaped vent cover located above an air circulation vent at the crest or apex of a sloping roof. A vent closure strip in the form of a composite member is located in the gap between the vent cover and the roofing panels, which contain a series of ribs or protrusions forming an uneven surface. An air impermeable backing strip, which can be a closed cell foam, includes fastening blocks through which fasteners extend to fasten the vent cover to the roofing panels. Air permeable members are adhered to the backing strip. These air permeable members can be a reticulated foam with a convoluted lower surface for compressively conforming to the uneven upper surface of the roofing panels. The air permeable members are more porous and more dense than the air impermeable members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Mark Pavlansky, Keith Pavlansky
  • Patent number: 8752344
    Abstract: An end tube has an interior and exterior diameter and a length. A central tube has an interior and an exterior diameter and a length. The length of the central tube is greater than the length of the end tube. The exterior diameter of the end tube is essentially equal to the interior diameter of the central tube. An upper portion of the end tube is inserted into and attached to a lower portion of the central tube. In this manner a lower portion of the end tube is adapted to be inserted into a vent pipe of a roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin M. Morris, Richard T. Maddox
  • Patent number: 8726593
    Abstract: The invention relates to a venting band with at least two side strips extending parallel to one another and a center strip. Parallel to the side strips extend venting bands formed by continuously connected walls or webs. The venting bands can therein have diverse forms. At least one venting channel is provided; however, it is also possible to provide several venting channels. Through the use of certain materials with restoring forces for the venting band, the at least one venting channel can open automatically during the rolling out of the venting band. However, it is also possible, to bring about an opening of the at least one venting channel by pulling on the side strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Monier Roofing Components GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Krenz
  • Publication number: 20140123579
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include methods of radiant heat rejection, and structures for use in same, where Aluminet® is provided in a roof or an attic of a building structure. The Aluminet® material is installed by providing a structure for the material to breathe, that is, the material is provided so that an air space surrounds it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: David Pascoe, Ryan Salvas
  • Publication number: 20140075859
    Abstract: A building insulation system for roofs and walls supported from the interior side of the building, which eliminates thermal bridges and bottom side ceiling fasteners to support the insulation system materials during the insulation and exterior sheeting process of the building construction. The insulation system creates an air gap space layer in roofs and in walls between the exterior wall and roof sheeting panels and the interior sheet material, which supports the insulation material layer. An air gap space enables active solar energy collection and its use to reduce the overall purchased energy for operation of the building. The insulation system preferably includes a support sheet material, a sheet material tensioning devices, an insulation material layer, insulation hanger retention devices, heat and air collection and distribution ducts, dampers, louvers, pipes, dehumidification and condensate collection devices used in the air gap layers of the building to improve the building energy efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel J. Harkins
  • Patent number: 8661750
    Abstract: A cover for closing an access opening that leads to an infrequently used space within a building, such as an attic, that generally provides an air seal, thermal insulation and/or acoustic insulation at the access opening. The cover may be in one or two portions, including a closure alone or a closure and a frame having an aperture that can be closed by engagement between the closure and the frame. When the cover is used alone it engages a frame or a wall circumscribing the access opening. The cover is sized and shaped to close a stairwell, or the opening at one end of a stairway, an opening in a generally vertical wall, a hatch, or a pull down ladder. The closure and frame are each made of one or more components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: James B. Melesky
  • Patent number: 8656663
    Abstract: A cover structure for an outdoor casing includes a top cover and an inner cover-brow. A side wall is formed on the periphery of the top cover. The inner cover-brow has a first brow plate and a second brow plate. An inclined plate interconnects the first brow plate and the second brow plate. The inclined plate has a plurality of through holes. The second brow plate is connected to the side wall. The interior included angle of the first brow plate and the inclined plate is an acute angle. The cover structure not only helps the outdoor casing to ventilate and dissipate heat, but also enhances the outdoor casing's water repellency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Cheng-Chun Lin, Teng-Chi Chen, Chih-Chuan Chen
  • Publication number: 20140033626
    Abstract: A ridge cap includes a lower surface adapted to be placed in contact with a roof of a building, a weather protective upper surface, and first and second side sections connected to each other. The first side section is disposed at one side of a longitudinal axis and the second side section is disposed at the other side of the longitudinal axis. The ridge cap further includes an elastomeric strip and a metal strip. The elastomeric strip extends along the longitudinal axis and connects the first side section and the second side section to be of unitary construction with the first and second side sections. The metal strip backing extends along the longitudinal axis and supports the elastomeric strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: DEVPAT, LLC
    Inventors: George F. Thagard, III, Casey G. Tzeng
  • Patent number: 8615943
    Abstract: An adjustable roof jack comprising: a flange; a first cylinder having a first cylinder top portion being at an angle between 13 and 19 degrees and a first cylinder bottom portion, fixedly connected to the flange. There may be a second cylinder having a second cylinder top portion and a second cylinder bottom portion at an angle between 71 and 77 degrees. A second cylinder bottom fold is folded over a first cylinder fold to fixedly and rotationally connect at an angle between 13 and 19 degrees. A vent cap cylinder having a vent cap cylinder top portion and a vent cap cylinder bottom portion having at least one vent cap cylinder fold is folded over a second cylinder top fold to rotationally connect the vent cap cylinder to the second cylinder; and a vent cap assembly is fixedly attached to the vent cap cylinder top portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Ventura S. Rodriguez, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8572910
    Abstract: A wall-mounting block or frame is used to mount fixtures to exterior building walls having siding. The wall-mounting block includes two major parts, a first or base section and a second or holding section which are both configured as cap-like structures detachably connected to each other with integrated, adjustable connectors. The present design eliminates the need for special hardware to attach the holding section to the base section, and helps prevent awkward mounting situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Tapco International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Hendricks
  • Patent number: 8561367
    Abstract: A water vapor release and moisture seal device for use in association with brick, wood, stone, and cement or concrete masonry unit (CMU) buildings is provided. The device has a first layer metal housing and second layer metal housing which are inserted over the top of the parapet walls of a flat or slightly slanted-roofed building. A water resistant cloth and mesh material layer is inserted between the metal housings. A fastener secures the second layer metal housing to parapet wall of the building in two places, once each on the exterior and interior of the parapet wall. The housings interlock with each other on the exterior side of the wall and with a fastener on the interior side of the wall. The device is secured to the top of a wall of a building and allows the wall to breathe properly and eliminate moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Robert John Kelly
  • Patent number: 8562400
    Abstract: A baffle system that can be used to provide ventilation to attics and roofs at the time of new roof construction or retrofit and further provides for solar thermal energy control and harvesting systems in conjunction or combination with the baffle systems. According to one embodiment, the baffle vents are made from a resilient material and are designed and configured to be flexed into a deformed shape, positioned between adjacent roof rafters and released whereupon the baffle vents become wedged between adjacent roof rafters. The baffle vents can function as radiant barriers by providing the baffle vents with a reflecting coating(s) or reflective surface(s). The baffle vents can function as radiant collectors by positioning solar thermal collectors in the air flow channels defined by the baffle vents and darkening the lower surface of the roof sheeting plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Robert Klement
  • Patent number: 8549802
    Abstract: A ridge cap includes a lower surface adapted to be placed in contact with a roof of a building, a weather protective upper surface, and first and second side sections connected to each other. The first side section is disposed at one side of a longitudinal axis and the second side section is disposed at the other side of the longitudinal axis. The ridge cap further includes an elastomeric strip and a metal strip. The elastomeric strip extends along the longitudinal axis and connects the first side section and the second side section to be of unitary construction with the first and second side sections. The metal strip backing extends along the longitudinal axis and supports the elastomeric strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Devpat, LLC
    Inventors: George F. Thagard, III, Casey G. Tzeng
  • Patent number: 8534002
    Abstract: A roof flashing that can be installed around a pipe, instead of over the pipe, is provided. The roof flashing can include a collar, a base, a foot, and a longitudinal opening. The collar can have a conical shape. The base can have a top edge and a bottom edge, the top edge of the base coupled to a bottom edge of the collar, the bottom edge of the base having a diameter larger than a diameter of the top edge of the base. The foot can be coupled to the bottom edge of the base and extend outwardly from the bottom edge of the base. The longitudinal opening can extend from an apex of the collar to an edge of the foot, and a width of the longitudinal opening can increase when first and second edges of the opening are pulled away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Golden Rule Fasteners, Inc.
    Inventors: William Archie McDow, Jr., David Campbell McDow
  • Patent number: 8534305
    Abstract: A structure, e.g. a pop-up tent, usable in extremes of temperature, wind, and aridity. One side of the structure's fabric reflects heat, and the other absorbs heat. The structure is reversible, so that, depending which side is outside and which inside, the structure either rejects or absorbs ambient heat, making the structure cooler in hot environments, and warmer in cool environments. The structure can have a detachable base with a hollow chamber in which one can put thermally insulating fluid (e.g. water) to add further comfort, which also provides additional physical and thermal stability to the structure. An optional moisture collector is disposable inside to collect condensate for recycling, and the fabric of the structure can be hydrophobic to direct other condensate to the base and away from occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Robert C. Woodall, Felipe A. Garcia, Gregory A. Reitmeyer
  • Patent number: 8534013
    Abstract: An adjustable roof jack comprising: a flange; a first cylinder having a first cylinder top portion being at an angle between 20 and 25 degrees and a first cylinder bottom portion, fixedly connected to the flange. There may be a second cylinder having a second cylinder top portion and a second cylinder bottom portion at an angle between 65 and 70 degrees. A second cylinder bottom fold is folded over a first cylinder fold to fixedly and rotationally connect at an angle between 20 and 25 degrees. A vent cap cylinder having a vent cap cylinder top portion and a vent cap cylinder bottom portion having at least one vent cap cylinder fold is folded over a second cylinder top fold to rotationally connect the vent cap cylinder to the second cylinder; and a vent cap assembly is fixedly attached to the vent cap cylinder top portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Ventura S. Rodriguez, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8522497
    Abstract: A device for leading pipes (6) of a solar cell through a roof, which device is characterized by a connecting sleeve having an upper end with an annular cross section, the connecting sleeve being mounted onto the straight-cut upper end of a dome-like collar (2a) of a conventional pipe duct (2) to surround the opening of the collar (2a), as well as by a cap (4) turnably installed on the upper end of the connecting sleeve (3) and provided with a sideward-facing receiving opening (5) for pipes (6) to be led from a solar cell into the building, whereby the receiving opening (5) is sealable around the pipes (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: SK Tuote Oy
    Inventor: Eero Saikkonen
  • Publication number: 20130205693
    Abstract: A pipe flashing protector for protecting the vulnerable joint between a vent pipe and the roof flashing for a building, house or other architectural structure to prevent wear and decay of the joint and more specifically to protect the joint from ultraviolet light, moisture, and debris.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Nathan Scott
  • Patent number: 8464475
    Abstract: A roof flashing that can be installed around a pipe, instead of over the pipe, is provided. The roof flashing can include a collar, a base, a foot, and a longitudinal opening. The collar can have a conical shape, and the base can have a top edge and a bottom edge such that the top edge of the base is coupled to a bottom edge of the collar. The foot can be coupled to the bottom edge of the base and extend outwardly from the bottom edge of the base. The longitudinal opening can extend from an apex of the collar to an edge of the foot and can include first, second, and third sections. A width of the longitudinal opening can increase when first and second edges of the opening are pulled away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Golden Rule Fasteners, Inc.
    Inventors: William Archie McDow, Jr., David Campbell McDow