VISTA, Calif., May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Eco Building Products, Inc., (OTCBB: ECOB) announced today the Company has successfully completed a six month regiment of in depth studies for microbial (bacterial and fungal) contamination on the dry film surface of the Eco Red Shield™ and Eco Blue Shield™ series of coatings. The study included laboratory testing with correlation to real world field exposure which encompassed the manufacturing process, exterior exposure time and long term efficacy in the cavity of the wall. The Company is proud to announce that the results of this long term study proved efficacy of exterior exposure for potentially up to two years and efficacy within the cavity of a wall for the life time of the structure.
The Company engaged Siva Microbiological Solutions, LLC located in Bristol, Pennsylvania in October 2011. Lakshmi Sadasivan, Founder of SivaMS and Jeffery S. Hinkle, Ph.D., MBA has over 40 years of experience in microbiology, chemistry and coatings combined. The team set out to improve the Eco coatings for dry film efficacy against mold, fungus and bacteria from the manufacturing process to the end user structure. The Company found that the industry standard mold test ASTM D3273 was not representative of the "real world" environment. In deed Eco's coatings passed this test with ease however todays lumber in many markets is extremely high in moisture content or exposed sitting in very wet high humidity climates. In order for ECOB to respectfully claim protection against microbial attack a more comprehensive testing protocol had to be developed. The team spent many months developing a laboratory protocol representing the extremely high moisture environment. While current accelerated test methods may be suitable for some applications, we have successfully developed a proprietary protocol enhancement including substrate, pre-treatment conditions, and wild-strain, field isolates, to provide unique testing conditions enabling ASTM D5590 to correlate well with actual field application exposure results. This testing regiment successfully yielded a proprietary methodology to provide data allowing the team the knowledge to improve ECOB's formulation to offer dry film efficacy never before achieved in the industry.
"Eco Building Products is all about delivering a cost effective Eco-Friendly product to the building industry that works. Our chemistry is aqueous based creating a challenging condition for microbial attack. The process created by the team of Siva and ECOB has yielded results beyond anyone's expectations. Not only did we improve our manufacturing and coating efficacy we lowered our cost in the process," stated Steve Conboy, President and CEO, Eco Building Products. "I am extremely pleased with the results of these long term studies and testing protocols," added Conboy.
About Siva Microbiological Solutions, LLC and Jeffery S. Hinkle, Ph.D., MBA
Jeffery S. Hinkle has a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry with over 25 years of experience, over 18 of which was in coatings related areas including protection from microbial attack, Jeff Hinkle's expertise and input is of tremendous value. Lakshmi Sadasivan – Founder of Siva, has a Ph.D. in Microbiology and the excellent laboratory facilities at SivaMS not only capable for the range of testing required, but extensive experience in developing new, or refining existing test methods to tailor them to provide answers and optimized formulations for addressing antimicrobial efficacy. Together they have extensive experience and different perspectives from different companies and backgrounds that can offer a tremendous advantage to clients. They have extensive experience in R&D ladder studies to optimize biocide selection and loading levels to balance cost performance issues, demonstrate efficacy (and relative efficacy) to support desired claims, length of protection, registration claims, etc. Both Lakshmi and Jeff were involved with ASTM, and in particular were instrumental in the refinement of ASTM D3273 to its current protocol, and development and implementation of ASTM D5590. The SivaMS labs are fully equipped for this and other testing methods, development of new methods, and comprehensive R&D collaboration projects. http://www.sivamicrobialsolutions.com/
About Eco Building Products, Inc.
Eco Building Products, Inc. is a manufacturer of proprietary wood products treated with an eco-friendly proprietary chemistry that protects against fire, mold/mycotoxins, fungus, rot-decay, wood ingesting insects and termites with ECOB WoodSurfaceFilm™ and FRC™ technology (Fire Retardant Coating). Eco Building products, "Eco Red Shield", "Eco Blue Shield" & "Eco Clear Shield" utilizing patent pending technology is the ultimate in wood protection, preservation, and fire safety to building components constructed of wood; from joists, beams and paneling, to floors and ceilings.
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