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AMERICAN CLAY’S NEW “PlasterPlus” BRINGS HARD, NO-VOC, REPAIRABLE PLASTER TO COST OF ZERO-VOC PAINT

October 25, 2010

NEW PRODUCT TARGETS BIG BUILD, COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPERS

Albuquerque, NM (October 2010) – American Clay Enterprises, Inc. has created a game-changer in cost and durability for commercial interior wall finishes. Our new PlasterPlus™  binder is added to the American Clay earthen plasters, resulting in a hard, yet repairable, No-VOC finish for the cost of a high quality, Zero-VOC paint job.  PlasterPlus™  is sold dry in 27 lb. lots through select commercial distributors, and is intended for commercial projects—such as healthcare, hospitality, universities—and big build residential.  The polymer binder has No-VOCs, is mold resistant, extremely easy-to-apply, and still can contribute up to eight (8) LEED points—along with singularity and timeless beauty—to any project. No wonder the field response has been ardently positive thus far.

American Clay has been used for numerous commercial / industrial jobs to date—from hotels (including Disney) and retail to schools, colleges, spas and churches. (Partial list attached.)  Now with PlasterPlus™ , American Clay can replace paint more equitably:  for 80,000 sq. ft. projects, the cost can come in as low as $1.00 per sq. ft., including labor and product.  Adding the completely repairable binder to the single-coat commercial Enjarre™, as well as to any of the color-integral American Clay premier Legacy products, results in the easiest, hardest surface application of American Clay to date, and at the cost of both your texture and your “Zero-VOC paint”.

PlasterPlus™-enhanced American Clay provides big project builders and developers the following benefits:

∗∗ Product cost as low as $.38 per sq. ft. for Enjarre™  one-coat application system.
Added hardness and increased ease of application.
∗∗ Longevity outlasting a painted wall, creating cost, labor and time savings. It does not need to be repainted for the life of the walls because the clay itself resists dirt and grime.
∗∗ Resistance to fading due to he natural mineral pigments.
∗∗ Highly suitable for economical spray-on application in one- or two-coat systems.
∗∗ Creates less than 5% on-site waste of material during application.
∗∗ Unlike other acrylic, gypsum or lime specialty finishes, walls coated with American Clay plaster with PlasterPlus™  can be wetted and reworked after application (without adding additional binder) to achieve desired results and yet is hard and durable.
∗∗ Cleanup is much quicker and easier than with paint, since there is no thick latex binder involved.
∗∗ As with the Legacy products, this new binder is a No-VOC, Zero Formaldehyde choice for your walls, bringing humidity and temperature moderating qualities to your project’s interior environment.
∗∗ As with the Legacy products, unlimited visual and textural possibilities.

American Clay CEO and co-Founder Croft Elsaesser has been working hard toward this product development.  “It took us a year of rigorous in-house testing and third party verification on VOC and formaldehyde levels to assure our team that we had a superior material to provide to large-scale builders and developers. Our goal is always to maintain a healthy indoor air quality to both applicator and the end-user.”

Just like American Clay’s existing product line, PlasterPlus™ is suitable for most substrates.  It will be sold in dry 27 lb. lots.  PlasterPlus™  is available through select commercial distributors; please contact sales@americanclay.com for a list.  Our countrywide system of approved applicators will be able to purchase this product in bulk for their projects.

Responses to the product thus far provide real world reaction:

“American Clay’s Enjarre Product with the PlasterPlus binder surprised us.  Here at Escondido we have a strong focus on the quality of the materials we use.  The quality of this product was what we would expect from a venetian plaster. The biggest difference was being able to get the quality we insist on without the budgetary considerations that a premium finish would typically require.” – Steve Markham, Escondido Vice President (model homes plus 65,000 square feet of Clubhouse and Spa)

“Our crew worked with PlasterPlus for the first time last week. They texted me from the project site to say how awesome the product is. The workability made the install easier and they were pleased with the look. They found compression to be “like a dream” and loved the result. The clients were delighted.
…We’ve been working on getting American Clay specified for a commercial building in downtown Denver, for about 3 years. The designer is innovative and wants to specify the clay, but recently the developer was concerned about “hardness” so it looked like we would lose the project. I made up some sample boards with the new PlasterPlus. The designer …called me and said that they were “really impressed” with the hardness of Enjarre with PlasterPlus and they intend to use it in the project.” – Deborah Hall, PhD, LEED AP; Owner, Hall’s Walls

American Clay is also posting today on http://www.americanclay.com under “Professional –> Commercial Projects” page:  the PlasterPlusTM  sellsheet, MSDS sheet, application instructions and a FAQ.

ABOUT AMERICAN CLAY ENTERPRISES, INC:
American Clay Enterprises, Inc., based in Albuquerque, NM, produces patented, award-winning, all-natural interior wall finishing products.  Their Earth Plasters, the commercial ENJARRE™  single coat plaster, and its new PlasterPlus™  binder offer a unique combination of clays, aggregates and natural pigments that offer builders and consumers a natural, durable and unique option. There is no off-gassing nor inherent waste on-site.  The plasters contain no VOCs, are non-flammable, are mold resistant (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 the U.S. and made of materials found in the U.S.  The products and various workshops are available through their New Mexico office or through their retailers and distributors across the U.S. For information on products, ordering, technical specifications, product application and additional resources and links:  http://www.americanclay.com.
U.S. PAT No. 7,485,186 B2

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American Clay DIY Game-Changer: Plaster ROLLS-ON w. Up & EZ!

September 29, 2010

AMERICAN CLAY’S NEW ‘Up & EZ!’ BINDER MAKES CLAY PLASTER ROLL-ON

UP TO 8 LEED POINTS, TOP INDOOR AIR QUALITY & BEAUTY JUST GOT EASY


Albuquerque, NM (September 2010) – American Clay Enterprises, Inc. has created a game-changer in the world of wall plasters.  Message? Throw away that hawk!  With the help of the company’s new Up & EZ! binder material, the long-hoped for roll-on application of their celebrated, healthy clay plaster interior finishes is ready for release. Up & EZ! is being shipped to local dealers who have been anticipating the no-VOC, mold resistant and easy-to-use product that continues to contribute up to eight (8) LEED points—along with timeless beauty and creativity—to any project.

American Clay can replace paint with this completely reemulsifiable–and therefore repairable—binder that is added to any of the color-integral American Clay premier Legacy products (Loma, Porcelina and Marittimo) to make it a roll-on product, as well as serving as a hardener.

Up & EZ! Roll-on Binder from American Clay

American Clay CEO and co-Founder Croft Elsaesser has been working hard toward this goal. “We have been developing a product that would eliminate the hawk-to-trowel process for Do-It-Yourselfers, one of our most respected customer groups.  We are incredibly excited to know that anyone now can grab a roller, and put the clay on the wall, followed by a simple pass with a trowel…thereby changing the air quality in any room, and providing the DIYer ease-of-use and total creative control!”

Yes, you will still need that trowel, but only once the clay is already rolled on with a 1¼” nap roller.  American Clay realized over the years that the process of moving the clay from the hawk to the wall with a trowel can intimidate a typical DIYer.  With the new Up & EZ! binder, they had several inexperienced DIYers—who barely had ever painted–test the new roll-on process. In under seven hours, these novices taped walls, rolled on 280 sq ft of LOMA (with Up & EZ! mixed in) in two coats, trowelled back the clay, compressed it, cleaned the roller and trowel, and put the furniture back. They also found that cleaning the clay off the roller was much quicker and easier than with paint, since there is no thick latex binder involved.

American Clay is also posting today a “How-To” video on their website and YouTube Channel, downloadable instructions/brochure, examples, as well as pricing on their site (http://americanclay.com/your-diy-info).  For dealers/distributors, a sell sheet and MSDS sheet is also available now.

As with the Legacy products, this new binder is a non-toxic, safe choice for your walls, bringing humidity and temperature moderating qualities to your room’s environment.  Adds Elsaesser, “It took us a year of rigorous third-party testing to assure our team that we had a no-VOC material to provide the homeowner.”

The Up & EZ! system keeps the price of American Clay’s Legacy products at $1.00 to $1.45 per square foot, when installed by a DIYer.

Just like American Clay’s existing product line, Up & EZ! Is suitable for most substrates, making it that much easier for the DIYer to obtain the texture, beauty and comfort of our classic earthen plasters. It will be sold in 1-lb. individual packets, available through American Clay distributors and dealers listed on http://www.americanclay.com.

ABOUT AMERICAN CLAY ENTERPRISES, INC:

American Clay Enterprises, Inc., based in Albuquerque, NM, 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, elegant and durable option. There is no off-gassing nor inherent waste on-site.  The plasters contain no VOCs, are non-flammable, are mold resistant (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 the U.S. and made of materials found in the U.S.  The products and various workshops are available through their New Mexico office or through their retailers and distributors across the U.S. For information on products, ordering, technical specifications, product application and additional resources and links:  www.americanclay.com.

U.S. PAT No. 7,485,186 B2

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SoCal Open Houses for PopSci winner TRUFOCALS, Breakthrough Eyewear Technology

November 15, 2009

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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

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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.

Results-to-date:

• 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 (www.greenbuildexpo.org) 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.

ABOUT AMERICAN CLAY ENTERPRISES, INC:

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, www.americanclay.com, offers information on products, ordering, technical specifications, product application and additional resources and links.

U.S. PAT No. 7,485,186 B2

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American Clay / Press Conf @ Greenbuild re: Energy Savings Experiment

October 29, 2009

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******* MEDIA ALERT *******

WHAT: American Clay Enterprises will host a press conference about their energy savings experiment, at the GREENBUILD International Conference & Expo. The reasons, the procedure, the science used and the results-to-date will be presented, with handouts, by American Clay CEO and co-Founder Croft Elsaesser. Last year at Greenbuild 2008, American Clay launched a yearlong experiment whereby they created multiple testing units to gather information about the energy savings, and therefore potential monetary savings, which customers of American Clay have reported in their remodeled homes.
They have also just launched a foray into China, and will discuss that as well.
The first U.S. based, U.S. made earth plaster finish, American Clay has the lowest carbon footprint per pound of any commercially produced wall finish.

WHY: Award-winning and newly patented American Clay–model of a ‘new economy’ green business in mission, product and business issues– produces the all natural, healthy, and beautiful, interior plaster finish for walls/ceilings. The plaster is non-flammable, gives additional masonry mass in rooms, resists mold growth (tested and proven), absorbs sound, and repairs/cleans easily. (www.americanclay.com)

WHEN: Weds., Nov. 11, 2009 — 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Conference runs Nov. 11-13.

WHERE: Press Conference Room
Greenbuild Int’l. Conference and Expo
Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, AZ

Please also visit American Clay’s booth #3754 during the show.

WHO: To schedule an interview with American Clay’s co-Founders–CEO Croft Elsaesser or Chief Vision Officer (CVO) Carol Baumgartel–please contact Julie Du Brow at 310-821-2463 ofc (in advance) or 310-922-1301 cell (at Greenbuild) or via email at julie@dubroworks.com.


ABOUT AMERICAN CLAY ENTERPRISES, INC:

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, www.americanclay.com, offers information on products, ordering, technical specifications, product application and additional resources and links.
U.S. PAT No. 7,485,186 B2

Sat. 10/24, 11amPST / American Clay on LATalkRadio.com

October 23, 2009

American Clay’s VP of Mktg and co-Founder Carol Baumgartel will be on the newly dubbed “Good Green Witch” show (formerly Green N Easy Living) on LATalkRadio.com.

DATE: Sat., Oct. 24 TIME: 11:00am PST (live)

HOW: http://www.latalkradio.com, and click on the “Good Green Witch” show (there’s a spot to click on to hear live). Then can ask questions via Skype or calling in at (323) 203-0815.

WHY: Will be discussing how there’s No Turning Back as the umbrella topic. – political – small business – lifestyle – green in luxury building: Then again, with Rhonda and her partner Johnny — and Carol — you never know what turn the livley conversation will take!

About the show: Rhonda DeFelice, author of Good Green Witch, hosts this informative show featuring real ideas to create a “Greener” lifestyle. Join her every week as she shares simple ways to be “Green” while saving money.

http://www.americanclay.com

Revolutionary New Eyeglass Technology, TRUFOCALS, Is Changing How We See

October 2, 2009

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TRUFOCALS LAUNCHES PATENTED ADJUSTABLE VISION GLASSES THAT GIVE CONTROL TO THE USER

(Los Angeles, CA—August, 2009)  TruFocals are a revolutionary new eyeglass system that allows you to ‘self-correct’ or sharpen your vision to the highest quality necessary for any situation.  Completely eliminating the need for multiple pairs of glasses, bifocals, or no-line progressives, the patented TruFocals have none of the distortion or blurriness associated with traditional multi-focal glasses, and widen the field of vision.  With TruFocals, your entire lens focuses on what you choose, not just what your multifocals force you to. Simply move the ‘vision correction’ slider on the bridge of TruFocals glasses, and the entire system shifts focus closer or farther, like a microscope. With TruFocals you are not limited to a fixed distance focal length. You can self-adjust your own glasses to provide a clear solution immediately, whatever the distance.

As we age, our vision degenerates.  Single focus distance/reading, bifocals or no-line progressive lenses have been the only non-surgical means of vision correction…until now. TruFocals’ revolutionary lens system acts like dozens of single vision lenses, allowing you to see clearer in any situation, near or far. TruFocals also eliminate the nausea for wearers who suffer from motion sickness brought on by the distortion / blurriness of no-line progressives.

“I began thinking about developing a better vision solution, when I discovered that my own vision was compromised.   It was hard to adjust to wearing multifocals, and my vision quality was markedly less.  After looking at the mechanics of how the human eye naturally focuses, I began to think about how to mimic this, mechanically.  I think everyone who wears multifocal lenses will appreciate the flexibility and clarity of TruFocals,” states co-founder and inventor, Dr. Stephen Kurtin.

How it Works:

TruFocals emulate the human eye’s ability to adjust focus by utilizing a lightweight two-lens system. As simple as TruFocals are to use, their technology is very sophisticated.

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Each “lens” is actually a set of two lenses, one flexible and one firm. The flexible lens (near the eye) has a transparent distensible membrane attached to a clear rigid surface.  The pocket between them holds a small quantity of crystal clear fluid.

As you move the slider on the bridge, it pushes the fluid and alters the shape of the flexible lens.  Changing the shape changes the correction. This mimics the way the lenses in your eyes used to perform when you were younger.

The sliding movement allows you to choose the exact correction that works best at any distance and under any lighting conditions.  Similar to traditional glasses, the front lens can be removed for cleaning, or interchanged with appropriately tinted prescription lenses to be used as sunglasses.

TruFocals are the ideal solution for people who wear multifocal eyeglasses, carry separate pairs of distance and reading glasses, or prefer the convenience of self-focusing their field of vision.  Because the glasses are ‘useradjustable’, they can compensate for low-light conditions and virtually any situation.

With TruFocals, the lenses and the frame are made together, as opposed to the traditional model of lensmakers and framemakers. They also have adjustable nose pads and arms that can accommodate nearly any face. This ensures a comfortable secure customized fit for virtually everyone.  The glasses are assembled in their Los Angeles, CA, facility.

For additional information, and to view an online demonstration, please visit www.trufocals.com.  Media inquiries, please contact Agnes Gomes-Koizumi or Julie Du Brow via email at agnes@agkmedia.com / julie@dubroworks.com or via phone at 323-937-5488 / 310-821-2463.

About TruFocals

The company was co-founded by Dr. Stephen Kurtin in 2006.  A successful inventor, with more than 30 patents to his name, Dr. Kurtin was not satisfied with the exisiting vision solutions.  Recognizing that multi-focals, reading glasses or carrying multiple pairs of single vision glasses did not provide a satisfactory solution, he set out to develop a better one.  TruFocals were developed to provide clear, adjustable vision in all situations.

TruFocals are available through eye care professionals or via http://www.trufocals.com. TruFocals are scratch-resistant and antireflective, contain anti-smudge coatings; and protect your eyes from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

This product is covered by one or more of the following US patents: 5,138,494; 5,668,620: 5,956,183; 6,040,947; 6,053,610; and 7,008,054.