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April 27, 2011

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October 8, 2010

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GREENBUILD 09: American Clay Earth Plaster Announces Potential Energy Savings Generated by Clay Plaster Walls, Results of Yearlong Experiment

November 8, 2009


American Clay Greenbuild Booth Features New Lime-Based Samples, Demo Wall, and Commercial-Use Product Enjarre

Albuquerque, NM (November, 2009) – Award-winning, patented American Clay Enterprises returns to the Greenbuild International Expo, announcing the positive results-to-date of its year-long, ongoing energy savings experiment launched at Greenbuild 08.  A press conference will be held on Weds., Nov. 11 at 12:00pm in the Press Conference Room (#126B) ; lunch will be served. The all-natural, sustainable and healthy earth plasters for walls appear to provide, on average, more temperature stability than paint in a room, and thereby energy savings. For the November 10-13, 2009, event, American Clay will exhibit in booth #3754 at the Phoenix (AZ) Convention Center.  At this space, they will have a R&D section representing new lime materials and techniques, a section with artistic panels, and ongoing demo area with their products, in which anyone can participate.

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The ongoing experiment, called “Dynamic Solar”, has been conducted at the American Clay facility in Albuquerque, NM, with the data in the data logger downloaded once a week.  Each unit was tested for temperature (F) and relative humidity (RH) using a Spectrum 2000 data logger with one monitoring ambient condition directly next to the test units. By comparing these, one can determine how much energy will be needed to keep a building comfortable, and then start shifting conditions to determine how to maximize energy savings. The experiment was created in response to American Clay clients who claimed energy savings after remodeling with their patented earth plasters.


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The five identical test structures, 7’h x 8’w x 5’d, were built using modern framing construction with R13 fiberglass bat insulation, and one door each.  They break down in this way:

  • One has cement stucco exterior with interior paint.
  • One has vinyl siding exterior and interior paint.
  • One has cement stucco exterior with American Clay interior plaster.
  • One has vinyl siding exterior with American Clay interior plaster.


• During the hottest times of the day, the test unit with clay interior are colder, on average, than the test structures with paint interior

• During the coldest times of the day, the test unit with clay interior are warmer, on average, than the test units with paint interior

• Paint interior test units have a greater fluctuation during the hottest and coldest times of the day compared to the clay interior test structures

• Regardless of the season, the test structures with clay interior maintain a more stable interior temperature compared to the test structures with paint interior

• To insure that the test units’ position was not skewing results, the test units were rotated in August to shift exposure positions. This produced no change in results.

“As the tests progressed, I was surprised at the overall results,” says Croft Elsaesser, American Clay co-Founder and CEO.  “I expected a 2% variation.  Instead we seem to be leveling off at 6%.  This has the ability to really make a difference when considering the potential impact on a large scale.  Our next challenge is being able to quantify the actual savings this could mean to our customers.”

The internationally-recognized Greenbuild Expo ( presents the perfect opportunity to showcase how a consistently customer-service focused company–which produces a recognized, thoroughly sustainable product for building and design–continually listens to its clients, tests itself, and innovates.

At their booth, American Clay will be sharing new products in its “R&D” area, as well as showcasing artistic panels of the clay plaster prepared by Elsaesser. They will also have their signature demo area, with their three original formulations and the commercially-directed, single-coat ENJARRE, which just expanded its color palette to offer the same options as the Loma formulation.  ENJARRE has become a popular product for the company this year, and at less than $.50 per square foot to contractors, with color and binder inclusive, it gives builders a product that helps provide top indoor air quality and beauty–and can contribute toward up to seven LEED points (five in most areas)–at a very competitive price.

American Clay’s mission is to better the planet, through their commitment to healthy solutions for beautiful, calm, and healthy environments.  To that end, some in-house energy saving methods include:

  • Their manufacturing uses low inherent energy to produce our products.
  • They use no water in manufacturing.
  • Plaster is shipped dry to save shipping energy and cost.


American Clay produces patented, award-winning, all-natural interior wall finishing products.  Their Earth Plasters and the commercial ENJARRE single coat plaster are a unique combination of clays, aggregates and natural pigments that offer builders and consumers a natural and elegant option. There is no off-gassing nor inherent waste on-site.  The plasters contain zero VOCs, are non-flammable, are mold resisting (without toxic fungicides), absorb odors, provide temperature and humidity buffering, repair/clean easily and come in recyclable packaging. American Clay, with an extremely low carbon footprint, is uniquely manufactured in and made of materials found in the U.S. American Clay Enterprises, Inc., is based in Albuquerque, NM, and its products are patent pending.  The product and various workshops are available through their New Mexico office or through one of the growing number of retailers and distributors across the U.S.  The website,, offers information on products, ordering, technical specifications, product application and additional resources and links.

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Travelex Continues Support of ‘NT Live’ Pilot Season; No. of U.S. Theaters Hosting Broadcast Doubles

September 18, 2009




WHAT: Travelex, a leader in international payments and foreign currency exchange, for global travel and business, is the international supporter of the National Theatre’s (UK) bold pilot season foray into satellite transmission of their live stage performances filmed in high definition, called “NT Live”.  Having successfully premiered in June, delivering the broadcast of Phèdre to 50,000 people worldwide with rave reviews, NT Live brings William Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well” to audiences on October 1st.  Due to the highly positive response to this unique experience from the public and media—“remarkable” and “stunning”—this next performance will be shown in at least double the number of U.S. markets.

Travelex’s consistent, key support of the arts—providing value and service—through emerging opportunities and technologies, strongly aligns with Travelex’s business mission to consistently pursue new methods in easing transactions for consumers or business-to-business.

The broadcast is of the highly acclaimed production of All’s Well That Ends Well directed by Marianne Elliott, written by William Shakespeare. While the first broadcast outing, Phedre, was a success, the process is still experimental, with every play having its unique challenges, such as a different theater setting (the National’s largest, the Olivier, with open stage and fan-shaped auditorium), new cast, and in this case, how will Shakespeare transmit.

Travelex serves over 30 million customers every year.  In the Americas, TRAVELEX is the largest non-bank foreign exchange specialist, with trading floors in New York City and Toronto, serving over 6,000 commercial customers.  The three divisions:

  • Global Business Payments features GlobalPay’s Payee Manager, the first vendor management system that offers the combined advantage of an electronic payment enrollment system, vendor management tool and payment platform in one simple web-based application.
  • Retail Services—available at retail outlets and shopping malls, in airports and online—address key ongoing challenges encountered by travelers worldwide.  Travelex’s Cash Passport™ gives a new twist on the pre-paid currency card.  Other programs are Currency Return Guarantee and Rate Watch.
  • Outsourcing Group provides financial institutions and travel agencies with a myriad of product offerings, including the Cash Passport™, CashPax™-prepackaged banknotes, drafts and wires.

The upcoming “NT Live” season includes “Nation” based on a novel by Terry Pratchett and adapted by Mark Ravenhill (Jan. 30, 2010), and Alan Bennett’s new play “The Habit of Art” (April 22, 2010).


“The National Theatre made history last night.” – Guardian

“Thank you so much!! We live on a small island in Maine and saw your production of Phèdre last night – HD live in Damariscotta, Maine. Feels like the world has just opened up to us!… We will reserve tickets for all your HD productions!”

“I am a senior on a fixed income in Toronto, Canada and no longer able to afford to attend the

local theaters I used to. HD broadcasts are a godsend for me, and others like me. I saw

Phèdre last night in one of the local Cineplex theatres…I look forward to

seeing more of your productions on HD. This one was superb!”

“The biggest limitation for the remote audience was not being able to convey one’s profound

appreciation to the cast and production team by applauding at the end.”

“Never in my life have I seen a stage show been shot so professionally.”

WHEN & For a complete list of U.S. dates, times & locations, please check:

WHERE:             , click on “Venues & Booking”

Many broadcasts occur on Oct. 1st on screens across the United States; however some markets will be time-delayed, based on availability.


Ticket prices vary by venue.  The average ticket price is $20.  Contact local venues for ticket information.


Global Business Payments: Travelex is a global foreign exchange specialist providing the payment and receipt of domestic and international funds for businesses of all sizes. For more than 30 years, Travelex has provided clients with sophisticated market knowledge, leading edge technologies and practical and innovative solutions tailored to individual requirements. The Travelex worldwide network handles one million beneficiaries on behalf of 38,000 businesses in 35 countries. For more information, visit

Retail: Travelex is the world’s largest foreign exchange specialist with over 700 retail branches in more than 20 countries, at key airport, seaport, rail and tourist locations. Over 40% of travelers – 1.7 billion passengers a year – pass through airports where Travelex operates including the major gateways at Amsterdam, Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New York, Rome, Sydney & Tokyo. Every hour, Travelex provides foreign currency to more than 2,000 customers.

Outsourcing: Travelex is the world’s foreign exchange, business payments specialist and leading provider of travel insurance, operating through subsidiaries and branches in these regions: the Americas, United Kingdom; Europe, Asia Pacific; and Middle East and Africa (EMEA). As one of the world’s leading providers of outsourced travel money to banks, travel agencies and other retailers it provides products including its prepaid currency card to over three million channel customers annually. Through its world-leading automation Travelex offers consumers a full range of delivery channel options including telephone and Web-based ordering. For more information about Travelex or Cash Passport visit and/or


Travelex Brand Message / B2B Payment Solutions Highlighted in US by Bold Arts Sponsorship

August 22, 2009




Washington, DC (August 2009) –TRAVELEX, a leader in international foreign exchange and payments for global business, took a bold step in supporting the UK National Theatre’s new NT Live initiative. As a longtime arts partner of the prestigious theater, TRAVELEX committed to helping deliver its performances onto screens in movie theaters and performing arts venues worldwide this 2009-2010 season.  The NT Live performances are streamed through satellite, which has successfully been done for New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The first play of the season, PHÈDRE starring the great Helen Mirren, was seen on June 25th by 28,000 people worldwide, and with additional screenings, audiences reached close to 49,000 across 19 countries.  The next play is “All’s Well That Ends Well” with an October 1st initial live broadcast.

Lloyd Dorfman, Chairman of Travelex, says: “NT Live is a major innovation in theater.  We’re enormously proud to be part of it – the result of a seven-year partnership with the National Theatre, one of the world’s most respected theaters.  Day-to-day, Travelex is committed to helping connect people and businesses across the globe.  We really hope that this initiative makes world class theater accessible on a truly worldwide scale.”

Innovation and forward-thinking is what has driven TRAVELEX to serve over 30 million customers every year, sending business payments to 230 countries & territories and managing over 35,000 business’ needs.

TRAVELEX Global Business Payments is an international payment and receipt specialist and focuses on innovation, and launching products and features that are one-of-a-kind.  Their new vendor management system, GlobalPay’s Payee Manager, is the first vendor management system that offers the combined advantage of an electronic payment enrollment system, vendor management tool and payment platform in one simple web-based application.  TRAVELEX specializes in implementing customized payment solutions that allow you to spend less time managing your payments, and more time managing your business.  TRAVELEX:

  • understands the complex needs of businesses and the challenges of managing international payments
  • is focused and successful because worldwide business payments are their business
  • has partnerships with over 4000 financial institutions worldwide
  • the online payment system means there is no need to download new software and you can be up and running quickly

This is the same thinking that created the arts sponsorship initiative of a £10 ticket for the National Theatre, which began in 2003 and has since helped hundreds of thousands of British enjoy theater-going, making the theater affordable for the everyman/woman. The idea of the low-priced ticket has naturally progressed into their commitment to “NT Live”, reemphasizing their brand values of leadership, forward-thinking, value, and service to everyone.  TRAVELEX strongly believes in consistent, key support of the high arts through emerging technologies and opportunities, especially in a down market, when people need their spirits lifted most.

The pilot season of “NT Live”–broadcasting live performances of plays onto cinema screens around the world—will next feature “All’s Well That Ends Well” (Oct. 1). “Nation” (Jan. 30, 2010), and “The Habit of Art” (April 22, 2010).  The average ticket price is $20, varying by venue. (

U.S. Media inquiries, please contact Julie Du Brow ( at 310-821-2463.


Travelex, one of the world’s leading providers of foreign-exchange and international-payment solutions. Accommodating more than 30 million customers annually puts Travelex in the top position as the largest international payment specialist.

Each year, payments are handled for more than 38,000 businesses and 4,000 financial institutions. And beneficiaries in more than 230 countries experience the advantages of Travelex’s offerings. From retail travel money to cross-border business payments to travel insurance to traveler’s checks, customers around the globe are assured exceptional service complemented by value, simplicity and efficiency.

Acknowledged worldwide as foreign-exchange specialists, Travelex is committed to providing business, retail and outsourcing customers with a multitude of innovative products and services. Travelex is recognized as a trusted brand with the unique ability to serve clients virtually anywhere, in any trade currency.  For more information, visit In the United States, commercial payment services will be provided by Travelex Global Business Payments, Inc. or Travelex Currency Services, Inc.

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