Wall, Ceiling, Floor, Or Roof Designed For Ventilation Or Drainage Patents (Class 52/302.1)
  • Patent number: 10305415
    Abstract: Solar panel installation systems are disclosed that reduce or eliminate the need for large, costly rails for mounting solar panels on an installation surface. The systems may include an array of framed solar modules supported above an installation surface using a number of height-adjustable base members. Adjacent solar modules in the array may be coupled to one another at or near their corners using module links that can structurally couple the frames of the adjacent solar modules together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Sunrun South LLC
    Inventors: Greg McPheeters, Geno Viscuso
  • Patent number: 10190324
    Abstract: The membrane is for use with a planar surface and includes a generally planar member and a plurality of resilient tabs. The generally planar member, in use, is disposed in parallel relation to and adjacent the planar surface and, at least in use, defines a plurality of troughs, the troughs being interconnected to define a planar network of troughs that is disposed parallel to the surface, each trough presenting away from the surface in use and terminating in a common plane that is parallel to and spaced from the surface. The tabs are provided for each of one or more of the troughs, the tab lying in the common plane and spanning at least in part across said each trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Svein Julton, Joe Comitale
  • Patent number: 9957197
    Abstract: Porous aluminosilicate geopolymers having a desired molar ratio of silicon dioxide to aluminum oxide are prepared by mixing an aluminosilicate powder in an alkaline silicate solution, placing into a sealed container, and then curing. The desired density and compressive strength of the geopolymer are achieved by varying the excess of alkaline silicate and by varying the curing temperature. The desired pore size distribution of the geopolymer is achieved by varying the curing conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Keanetech, LLC
    Inventors: Dong Kyu Kim, Waltraud M. Kriven
  • Patent number: 9441381
    Abstract: A generally stainless steel construction element, such as baseboard trim, crown molding, or wainscoting, comprises a span of continuous sheet material having a leading top edge folded back upon itself in a fashion to form an integrated leading top edge groove to accept an edge of a first planar material, such as a wall board, within the leading top edge groove. The construction element may further comprise a leading bottom edge folded back upon itself in a fashion to form an integrated leading bottom edge groove to accept an edge of a second planar material, such as flooring, within the leading bottom edge groove. In an embodiment, the construction element, the first planar material, and the second planar material assemble to comprise a continuous surface barrier. The construction element may alternately comprise one of the leading edges to be folded back upon itself in a bull nosed fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Stainless Architectural Supply, LLC
    Inventors: William Michael Hatch, Phil De La O, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9181703
    Abstract: A roof panel includes a planar body having top and bottom edges, with a downturn edge extending therebetween, and an opposing channel edge. The downturn edge overlays a channel edge of an adjacent panel. The bottom edge overlays a top edge of another adjacent panel. A plurality of courses extends between the channel and downturn edges. Each course includes a nesting ridge to receive the downturn edge of an adjacent panel and to position a top surface of the panel flush with adjacent panels. Surface channels and contoured ridges are defined within each course. A drain aperture of the drip edge aligns with an adjacent channel edge to direct material through the drain aperture and onto adjacent panels. A gable member engages an edge when the panel has one or fewer laterally adjacent panels, wherein the gable member is flush with the adjacent planar body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Quality Edge, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Scott Rasmussen, Donald Mark Wilkinson, Marc Richard Spetoskey, Mark Allen Bredeweg, Nick Kooyer, Mark Armock, Brad Walbridge, Austin Harms
  • Patent number: 9181704
    Abstract: A roof panel includes a planar body having top and bottom edges, with a downturn edge extending therebetween, and an opposing channel edge. The downturn edge overlays a channel edge of an adjacent panel. The bottom edge overlays a top edge of another adjacent panel. A plurality of courses extends between the channel and downturn edges. Each course includes a nesting ridge to receive the downturn edge of an adjacent panel and to position a top surface of the panel flush with adjacent panels. Surface channels and contoured ridges are defined within each course. A drain aperture of the drip edge aligns with an adjacent channel edge to direct material through the drain aperture and onto adjacent panels. A gable member engages an edge when the panel has one or fewer laterally adjacent panels, wherein the gable member is flush with the adjacent planar body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Quality Edge, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Scott Rasmussen, Donald Mark Wilkinson, Marc Richard Spetoskey, Mark Allen Bredeweg, Nick Kooyer, Mark Armock, Brad Walbridge, Austin Harms
  • Patent number: 9181702
    Abstract: A roof panel includes a planar body having top and bottom edges, with a downturn edge extending therebetween, and an opposing channel edge. The downturn edge overlays a channel edge of an adjacent panel. The bottom edge overlays a top edge of another adjacent panel. A plurality of courses extends between the channel and downturn edges. Each course includes a nesting ridge to receive the downturn edge of an adjacent panel and to position a top surface of the panel flush with adjacent panels. Surface channels and contoured ridges are defined within each course. A drain aperture of the drip edge aligns with an adjacent channel edge to direct material through the drain aperture and onto adjacent panels. A gable member engages an edge when the panel has one or fewer laterally adjacent panels, wherein the gable member is flush with the adjacent planar body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Quality Edge, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Scott Rasmussen, Donald Mark Wilkinson, Marc Richard Spetoskey, Mark Allen Bredeweg, Nick Kooyer, Mark Armock, Brad Walbridge, Austin Harms
  • Patent number: 9140481
    Abstract: A vacuum insulated cabinet structure for refrigerators and the like includes a plurality of vacuum insulated panels. The cabinet structure may include an “O” or “U” structure that is formed by folding a large panel assembly. The panels may comprise side walls that are heat-sealed together around the perimeters of the panels to form air-tight spaces having a vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Nihat Cur, Guolian Wu
  • Patent number: 9102574
    Abstract: A composting machine, particularly for vermicompost, is elongated in shape. Grates with openings are laid into a frame of the machine, onto cross beams which correctly locate the grates to be closely adjacent to one another except along a longitudinal center line of the machine, where the spaced-apart grates form a guiding channel through the length of the machine. Within this travels a downwardly extending keel of a carriage that is moved through the length of the machine when a bottom layer of finished compost is to be harvested from the bottom of the mass of compost material. To the carriage is attached a cutting blade extending the width of the machine, driven by longitudinal tension lines under the control of a driving motor. A tensioner maintains tension in the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventors: Jack L. Chambers, Thomas R. Craig, David Zappetini
  • Patent number: 9097019
    Abstract: A roof panel includes a planar body having top and bottom edges, with a downturn edge extending therebetween, and an opposing channel edge. The downturn edge overlays a channel edge of an adjacent panel. The bottom edge overlays a top edge of another adjacent panel. A plurality of courses extends between the channel and downturn edges. Each course includes a nesting ridge to receive the downturn edge of an adjacent panel and to position a top surface of the panel flush with adjacent panels. Surface channels and contoured ridges are defined within each course. A drain aperture of the drip edge aligns with an adjacent channel edge to direct material through the drain aperture and onto adjacent panels. A gable member engages an edge when the panel has one or fewer laterally adjacent panels, wherein the gable member is flush with the adjacent planar body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Quality Edge, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Scott Rasmussen, Donald Mark Wilkinson, Marc Richard Spetoskey, Mark Allen Bredeweg, Nick Kooyer, Mark Armock, Brad Walbridge, Austin Harms
  • Publication number: 20150143757
    Abstract: Buildings which include rudimentary plumbing can be transported as a set of disassembled modular parts and then assembled on site. The assembled building includes a water reservoir in the roof and a sewage reservoir in the base, so as to enable gravity-based water supply and sewage disposal in the absence of traditional plumbing and sewage infrastructure. Building envelope elements having internal reservoirs, and methods for constructing such building envelope elements are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Bettiol, Richard George Weatherston, Alan Shaidle
  • Publication number: 20150135617
    Abstract: A fast installation/removal building partition structure is applicable to an indoor or outdoor partition wall and includes a top retention member, a bottom retention member, and a plurality of form boards. The top retention member and the bottom retention member are respectively set at top side and floor of an indoor or outdoor space. The form boards each include two surface panels, which define therebetween a receiving chamber for reducing weight. The form boards each have four side edges each forming a connection section, whereby the connection sections are coupled to the top and bottom retention members through projection-and-groove engagement. The connection sections located between the form boards are coupled to each other through projection-and-groove engagement. As such, the form boards can be conveniently and efficiently installed and removed for easy transportation to achieve easy installation, construction, repeated use, and adjustment as an indoor or outdoor partition wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: HUNG Ming LIU
  • Patent number: 9032678
    Abstract: A deck drainage system includes a plurality of hanger clips. Each hanger clip may have a plurality of mounting holes configured to fasten the hanger clip to a support at selected elevations. A soffit may be mounted to the hanger clips without fasteners and located completely below the deck, such that not every hanger clip directly contacts the soffit. A slope of the soffit may be selected by mounting at least two of the hanger clips to the support at different vertical elevations. The soffit may be configured to slope beneath the deck and drain water therefrom in a selected direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert D. Shaw, Thomas C. Gilbert, David J. Stucky, Nikki J. Whitney, Lucas D. Wood, Stephen W. Steffes
  • Patent number: 9032691
    Abstract: A structural support system with a means for capturing and channeling elements originating from an exterior surface is disclosed. More specifically, the support system not only creates a dry area under a deck but is also a load bearing component of the deck. The support system is multifunctional in that it alleviates the need for traditional joist-dependent construction methods while simultaneously providing an efficient and aesthetically pleasing structure for maintaining a useful, dry area under the deck. Advantageously, embodiments are scalable in that the system comprises a repeatable series of interlocking components operable to be customized to any foreseeable deck footprint or load bearing application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: GDC Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold M. Hawkins, III, Michael A. Lyle, Timothy G. Osby
  • Publication number: 20150128514
    Abstract: Support panels for masonry objects and associated methods of use are disclosed herein. A support panel for masonry objects may include an inner surface, an outer surface, at least one stiffening channel formed longitudinally along the support panel, and a plurality of substantially C-shaped tabs extending from the outer surface, the tabs being disposed in spaced apart relation to one another to form a grid, wherein the tabs are configured to contactingly support at least a portion of a masonry object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: John Tancredi, John Cotton
  • Patent number: 9027291
    Abstract: A roof load support structure supports a load on a roof such that substantially all of the load is conveyed through rails, which are mounted on roof panel ribs, thence through roof panel ribs, and to underlying building support structure. The panel flat between the rails can be unobstructed such that water can flow freely down the panel flat between the rails; or end closures can close off access to the respective panel flat between the end closures and the rails. One such end closure can be an upper diverter at an up-slope end of the support structure. A lower edge of such upper diverter, e.g. at the panel flat, can slope downwardly across a width of the respective roof panel thereby to direct water laterally across the respective roof panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: T&M Inventions, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Pendley, Michael J. McLain
  • Publication number: 20150121786
    Abstract: A set of ventilation units comprises a first and second ventilation unit, wherein a surface of the first ventilation unit is provided with at least one formation and a surface of the second ventilation unit is provided with at least one co-operating formation. The formation(s) and co-operating formation(s) is/are engageable with one another in a direction substantially perpendicular to said surface of the first ventilation unit and/or said surface of the second ventilation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Tony CARR
  • Publication number: 20150121787
    Abstract: A system for supporting exterior panels on a substrate of a building structure. The system has a plurality of polymeric bracket members, and each of the bracket members have at least one anchor section, at least one web section and at least one support section. The polymeric bracket members provide a thermal break from the exterior panel to the substrate of the building structure. A plurality of exterior cladding units are held in place by the bracket members. A plurality of vents are disposed between the panels and the exterior panels, and a plurality of vents are also disposed between the panels and the substrate, thereby forming a ventilation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: ADVANCED ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventor: G. Matt Krause
  • 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: 8991106
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and systems are provided herein for spacing an outer skin of a roof from the supporting structure of the roof such that the roof shields against weather elements, admits light, and allows advantageous air circulation. In one embodiment, a wedge-shaped device for spacing panels on a roof includes a bottom surface, a top surface inclined at an angle relative to the bottom surface, and an integral support structure connecting the top surface and the bottom surface, the support structure including a plurality of ribs and a plurality of nail boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Formula Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Elias Mora
  • Patent number: 8991123
    Abstract: Facilities for storing large quantities of potatoes, other tubers, vegetables, produce, and/or other crops are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a facility configured in accordance with the present technology circulates air from a pile of potatoes into one or more ceiling cavities above the potatoes to warm ceiling panels. Aspects of this embodiment can reduce undesirable water formation on the potatoes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Storage Systems Northwest, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Micka, Robert Terry
  • Publication number: 20150082722
    Abstract: A building product may include a top layer that is substantially rigid such that it is configured to be walkable. In addition, the building product may include a radiant barrier layer configured to reflect heat, and a vent layer located between the top layer and a roof deck. The vent layer may comprise air flow channels configured to transfer heat through at least a portion of the roof product. The top layer, vent layer and radiant barrier layer can form a unitary structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Husnu M. KALKANOGLU, Ming Liang SHIAO, Gregory F. JACOBS, Rajesh RANJAN
  • Publication number: 20150082721
    Abstract: A foundation vent includes four panels arranged to form a box-shaped vent frame. Ten frame vanes are attached to the box-shaped frame. A vent shutter having ten shutter vanes with elongated oval-shaped finger grips positioned centrally on the shutter vanes is held in a slider channel positioned on the box-shaped vent frame. The slider channel is formed by a series of six tabs centrally positioned in an opening between two adjacent frame vanes. The vent shutter is held in the slider channel so that it slides with respect to the box-shaped vent frame to selectively expose openings in between the frame vanes. A locking mortar track in provided on all four panels of the box-shaped frame to securely hold it in place. The vent is preferably constructed from polypropylene copolymer that is talc reinforced and sized to evenly course with a standard size brick.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher Michael Francescon
  • Publication number: 20150075095
    Abstract: A plurality of devices used alone or in combination for releasing moisture from a building are provided. The devices are especially suitable for use in new or existing masonry and frame buildings with low-slope roofs, on parapet walls and mansard roofs, and on masonry walls and foundation walls. The devices give buildings adequate wall and roof system ventilation and moisture vapor release portals so as to better prevent mold and other water related damage. The devices may be used individually or in combination wherein the devices are placed on or against a parapet wall, masonry wall or foundation wall of a building. Further, the devices may be used in connection with a joist or truss system of a building to prevent moisture damage to the joists or truss system and to prevent compromises and other structural integrity problems to a building which often occur with moisture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: ROBERT KELLY
  • Publication number: 20150068145
    Abstract: The invention relates to a surface covering system intended for a surface in the form of a wet room floor, a roof or another substantially flat, delimited surface which is exposed to water and needs drainage, and to methods for preparing such a system. The surface covering system comprises at least one plate with a mark showing a drainage point and a substantially flat lower surface and an upper surface with a first decline towards the mark. The invention is characterised by that the first decline is circular and has a radial slope (?) directed towards the mark from every point on the at least one plate. The decline creates a cavity in the plate in the shape of at least a part of a blunt virtual cone with the apex of the cone directed towards the mark, achieving a modular surface covering system with an even circular decline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Tord SJÖDÉN, Ulf BOART, Morten GUSTAVSON
  • Patent number: 8973324
    Abstract: A sump system for use in basement waterproofing systems. A sump liner may be generally rectangular in geometry, and may include two side elements with apertures to exchange groundwater while blocking debris. An adjustable inlet may be provided in another side element to fluidly connect other elements of a basement waterproofing system to the sump liner. The sump liner may further include a base configured to provide a built-in stand for a sump pump. The pump stand may contain a lip with notches to allow debris to fall and collect in a trough around a periphery of the base. The base may further provide an underside cavity for accommodating an obstruction in the floor of a sump hole. A removable lid may facilitate access to the sump liner interior, and may contain a break-away feature to accommodate discharge piping, as well as a groove to lodge a pump power cord. The sump liner may be strategically oriented within the sump hole to protect the basement foundation from erosion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: DNI Realty, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Andras
  • Patent number: 8973310
    Abstract: An energy-efficient ventilated roofing system and method provides a deck protected from the weather by shingles and a sub-deck in a spaced apart relationship below the deck. The sub-deck is covered by a barrier fabric that is permeable to water vapor but that is substantially impermeable to liquid water. The deck and sub-deck define ventilation channels. The barrier fabric allows water vapor to escape from the building while acting as a secondary barrier to liquid water that may penetrate the shingles and deck. The ventilation channels allows the flow of ventilation air under the deck, avoiding damage to the deck and preventing blinding of roof ventilation due to building insulation or structural members or building debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: John C. Henderson
  • Patent number: 8973313
    Abstract: Buildings which include rudimentary plumbing can be transported as a set of disassembled modular parts and then assembled on site. The assembled building includes a water reservoir in the roof and a sewage reservoir in the base, so as to enable gravity-based water supply and sewage disposal in the absence of traditional plumbing and sewage infrastructure. Building envelope elements having internal reservoirs, and methods for constructing such building envelope elements are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Bettiol, Richard George Weatherston, Alan Shaidle
  • Publication number: 20150059260
    Abstract: A building facade consisting of a building wall, an insulating layer comprising insulating elements, having a surface and disposed on the building wall, a facade cladding which is disposed at a distance from the building wall and from the insulating layer to form a rearventilation gap between insulating layer and facade cladding and a lock element provided for fire protection, which is disposed between neighbouring insulating elements of the insulating layer. In order to further develop a building facade in such a manner that it can be manufactured simply and therefore cost-effectively without additional structural elements being provided, the invention proposes a generic building facade where the lock element is formed in one piece from fibre material, extends over the surface of the insulating layer in the direction of the facade cladding and exhibits a compressibility and/or flexibility aligned at least predominantly between building wall and facade cladding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicants: DEUTSCHE ROCKWOOL MINERALWOLL GMBH & CO. OHG, ROCKWOOL INTERNATIONAL A/S
    Inventors: Gerhard Kallweit, Markus Schroder, Thomas Tielemann
  • Publication number: 20150059271
    Abstract: An outdoor floor covering includes a plurality of planks, a plurality of bases, and at least a fastening element. A positioning portion of each base is slidably disposed in a sliding groove of each plank. Adjacent ones of first sidewall surfaces of the bases are engaged with each other through engaging portions. Adjacent ones of second sidewall surfaces of the bases abut against each other through protruding and dent portions. At least a fastening element is engaged and connected between adjacent ones of the second sidewall surfaces of the bases. Hence, the outdoor floor covering of the present invention enables quick assembly and prevents the planks and bases from undergoing displacement horizontally or vertically. Accordingly, the outdoor floor covering is quick and convenient to lay, exhibits satisfactory structural stability, and enhances pedestrian safety.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Yao-Hung TSAI
  • Patent number: 8966843
    Abstract: The wall serves for separating the inside of a building from the outside. According to a first aspect, the wall has a water vapor diffusion resistance of at most 20 meters, wherein the heat transfer coefficient amounts to at most 1.5 W/(m2·K), and the moisture storage capacity amounts to at least 2 kg/m2. According to a second aspect, the wall has a bearing layer (10) as well as an outer layer (9) and an inner layer (11), which include moisture-buffering materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Swiss Building Components AG
    Inventors: Rene Paul, York Ostermeyer, Yutaka Goto, Thomas Frank, Karim Ghazi Wakili, Holger Wallbaum
  • Publication number: 20150047281
    Abstract: An integrated fiber cement and foam cladding system is provided that incorporates foam or similar light weight material to improve the insulation capacity of the cladding system. The system includes at least a fiber cement layer and a foam layer disposed on the backside of the fiber cement layer. The system improves the R-value of the building, a measure of the building's resistance to transferring heat or thermal energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Dawn Cole, George Elizarraras, Hui Li, Kevin O'Leary, Sean O'Leary
  • Patent number: 8955764
    Abstract: The building heat exchange system is suited for installation in areas having warmer seasonal climates. The system can include an external solar heated water supply, and an indoor water heater. An enclosure extends around the water heater, with indoor air flowing between the enclosure and water heater to a duct for distribution. During cooler conditions the water heater heats incoming water from the relatively cool external water supply, with the warmth of the water heater warming the air for distribution into the bathroom or other area as desired. In warmer times, the water supplied from the water supply can be sufficiently hot that additional heating is not needed, and can be hotter than desired. In such warmer conditions, the water heater can serve as a radiator, with heat radiated from the water heater being absorbed by air flowing past the water heater and expelled to the external environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Ahmd Abdallah Al-Jassem Qanaei
  • Patent number: 8955277
    Abstract: A device raises drywall off of a flooring surface. The device cooperates with a track which is connected to the flooring surface, the track having a side wall. The device includes a rod to which are connected a plurality of spaced apart clips. The clips are shaped and dimensioned to connect to the side wall of the track so that the rod resides outside the track and rests upon the flooring surface. The drywall is then placed upon the rod and thereby is spaced apart from the flooring surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventors: David Allen Joye, David James Atkins
  • Publication number: 20150040497
    Abstract: The composite log module can have an elongated structural shell having a first set parallel walls rigidly interconnected with a second set of parallel walls perpendicular to the first set of parallel walls, the interconnected walls enclosing an elongated cavity housing a core having thermal insulation material, and two opposite mating outer surfaces associated with the first set of parallel walls for stacking identical ones of the composite log, and two sides associated with the second set of parallel walls, the walls each having a structural engineered material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Benoit Lessard
  • Patent number: 8950131
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a system includes a plurality of curtain wall members positioned in a horizontal array, a first curtain wall member separated from an adjacent second curtain wall member by a gap. The system further includes a gap-filling member positioned in the gap separating the adjacent first and second curtain wall members, the gap filling member comprising one or more vents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen N. Loyd
  • Publication number: 20150033649
    Abstract: A deck drainage system includes a bracket. The bracket has three parts selectively separable from each other. These parts include a first portion, a second portion, and a central portion joining the first and second portions. The first portion has a first leg and a first arm disposed at an angle to the first leg. The second portion has a second leg and a second arm disposed at an angle to the second leg. The central portion is generally flat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Jim Peterson, Craig MacRae
  • Publication number: 20150027074
    Abstract: A moisture isolating reveal system includes a vertical trim piece having a fastening base configured for vertical coupling along a wall. A reveal flange extends from the fastening base. The fastening base and the reveal flange form a panel reception recess, and the panel reception recess is configured to receive a siding panel. A moisture isolation assembly extends along one or more of the reveal flange or the fastening base. The moisture isolation assembly includes: a nozzle ridge provided along the reveal flange, a moisture dam interposed between the nozzle ridge and the fastening base, the moisture dam prevents the ingress of moisture to the fastening base, and the nozzle ridge accelerates moisture moving between the nozzle ridge and an installed siding panel and decelerates moisture between the nozzle ridge and the moisture dam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Steven S. Preston
  • Patent number: 8938922
    Abstract: Fire block devices for application to a wall component. The fire-block device can be a wall component that includes a fire-resistant material strip that expands in response to sufficient heat to create a fire-resistant barrier. In some applications, the fire-block wall component is positioned to extend lengthwise along and across a gap between wallboard members. The fire-block wall component may have a U-shaped central portion and a pair of side portions extending in opposite directions from the central portion. The fire-resistant material may be positioned on the central portion of the fire-block device. The central portion may be positioned within the gap such that the fire-resistant material expands in response to sufficient heat to create a fire-resistant barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: California Expanded Metal Products Company
    Inventors: Donald A. Pilz, Raymond E. Poliquin
  • Patent number: 8938921
    Abstract: Disclosed is a heat exchange conduit formed between pre-fabricated building panels and a daylighting section integral within pre-fabricated, structural panels. The daylighting section has the capability to take ceiling air (or air below free-standing arrays) and either return it to the building during heating months, reject the heat, or shunt it for other uses after being warmed through a dual pane glazing assembly with infrared rejection. During summer days, this allows for dramatic reduction in building cooling demand. Heat exchange surfaces within the conduit are thermally tied to the exterior components of the panels to allow heating by solar insolation or cooling to night sky or air. An advanced insulation system adds to thermal performance and sealed insulation cavities prevent moisture degradation of R-Values. Passage through the heat exchange conduit allows for active whole roof solar collection in spring/fall and night cooling capability during summer night operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Paul H. Hartman
  • Patent number: 8935896
    Abstract: Support panels for masonry objects and associated methods of use are disclosed herein. A support panel for masonry objects may include an inner surface, an outer surface, at least one stiffening channel formed longitudinally along the support panel, and a plurality of substantially C-shaped tabs extending from the outer surface, the tabs being disposed in spaced apart relation to one another to form a grid, wherein the tabs are configured to contactingly support at least a portion of a masonry object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Glen-Gery Corporation
    Inventors: John Tancredi, John Cotton
  • Publication number: 20150017907
    Abstract: A cooling roof construction comprising a substantially horizontal roof having a weatherproof membrane, and where a perforated tile layer is arranged a distance above said membrane, where the space between the membrane and the perforated tile layer is connected by at least one conduit to an outside ambient space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: EXCELLENT HOLDING APS
    Inventor: Ole FREDERIKSEN
  • Publication number: 20150013257
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention relates to an insulation and ventilation system for a building envelope (e.g. a building wall and/or a building roof). The system includes: one or more interior building envelope layers; an insulation panel having an interior side abutting against at least one of the one or more interior building envelope layers and an exterior side having a plurality of transversely spaced and continuously longitudinally extending grooves interspaced between a plurality of transversely spaced and continuously longitudinally extending protrusions; and one or more exterior building envelope layers located exterior to the insulation panel to provide a plurality of transversely localized venting channels defined at least in part by an interior surface of the one or more exterior building envelope layers and the grooves of the exterior side of the insulation panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Powerhouse Building Solutions (2009) Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Patrick POWER, Scott EMO
  • Publication number: 20150013245
    Abstract: An air mixing system includes a building superstructure having an open space therein and an attic. An air mixing unit mounted to the ceiling draws air from the open space and the attic, mixes the air and discharges the mixed air outwards from the fan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: VALCO COMPANIES, INC.
    Inventor: Philip E. RISSER
  • Publication number: 20150013258
    Abstract: Structural panels, components and assemblies are described. The structural panel system comprises one or more panels having interlocking profile features providing convenient assembly of multiple panels to provide pre-assembled panels or structures, or components that are easily shipped and assembled at a site to satisfy a variety of building requirements, transport requirements, structural panel requirements, and the like. An integrated raceway gutter system may be provided for evacuation of moisture in conjunction with end-caps having a coordinating structure. Insulation components may be positioned at an interior side of panels and may be separated from the capillary break by a moisture impervious and/or heat reflective layer. Cladding panels may be pre-assembled, along with additional structural building components, to provide pre-assembled structural insulative (and non-insulative) panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: VIREO LLC
    Inventors: John Sawatzky, Herman Sawatzky, Mike Henry
  • Patent number: 8931225
    Abstract: A cladding system for cladding a supporting wall is disclosed. The cladding system includes a plurality of building blocks, each having a body and a facing; and a plurality of support brackets for mounting the blocks on the supporting wall in a plurality of adjoining horizontal rows. The body of each block includes engagement means for engaging at least one of the support brackets such that, in use, at least a part of the body of each block abuts at least a part of the body of a neighbouring block in an adjoining row so as to guard against water penetration between the rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Oldcastle APG, Inc.
    Inventors: John Fifield, Leonard Browning
  • Publication number: 20150007508
    Abstract: An insulation element and a structural system including such an element, wherein the insulation element includes: pedestals, the top surface of which is suitable for bearing a floor panel to be placed on top of the pedestals; and a substantially continuous surface between the pedestals. The continuous surface and the pedestals are fabricated in one piece in the same process from at least one heat insulating material. The mutual layout of the pedestals and the continuous surface is implemented in such a way that onto the substantially continuous surface, through spaces between the pedestals, at least on top of the substantially continuous surface can be pulled installation cables and, in addition, possibly also installation hoses or tubes across the support foundation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Jarkko VALTANEN
  • Patent number: 8919068
    Abstract: Novel devices, systems, and methods for providing exterior flooring that can be installed over existing exterior surfaces, such as surfaces of an outdoor deck, are provided herein. In some aspects, a joint device or joint member for an exterior floor covering can include a body portion and at least one tongue portion extending from the body portion. The joint device can be adapted to connect adjacent floor panels and secure the floor panels to an underlying surface. The joint device can, but is not required to pass liquid therebetween. The joint device and adjacent floor panels can be made of water resistant materials. The joint device can further include an optional opening adapted to receive an attachment member for attaching portions of the joint member to an underlying surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Pergo (Europe) AB
    Inventors: Thomas S. Wright, Patrick George Smith, Marc Schultze
  • 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: 20140366470
    Abstract: A roofing system and article for installation on a roof deck. The roofing article includes a body having an upper portion and an underside. A first channel is defined within the upper portion. The first channel includes an inlet. A second channel is defined intermediate the underside of the body and the roof deck. The second channel is operably connected to the first channel through an orifice, such that the outside air can enter the second channel through the orifice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: John S. Edwards, Frank W. Klink, James N. Dobbs, Jon A. Kirschhoffer