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Construction Going Green – Green Architecture

The total global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is still unclear. Thousands of people have been affected by the change in societal norms and millions more are seeing the impact of age-old cast systems.

Prior to March 2020 our planet was already feeling the heat of Global Warming. Humans were consuming resources like never before. The shortage of toilet paper at the beginning of the pandemic show that we are not invisible.

Our planet is feeling the heat of Global Warming. Jaeger is committed to mitigating our impact on the environment from our use of materials, to the making of our products, to the impact of our operations.

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Achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement, which aims to restrict a rise in the world’s average temperature, would enable us to take a giant step towards a safer, greener, more sustainable future. Can fixing energy-wasting buildings stave off global instability? Former president Bill Clinton thought so. In 2007 his foundation brokered a $5 billion effort to finance the retrofit of old buildings in 16 cities around the world.

The project, that Clinton announced at a climate conference in Manhattan, created a financing and labor pool to replace energy-hogging light fixtures, as well as install better building insulation and more efficient HVAC systems. What Clinton did in 2007 was tell the world about the importance of a secure building envelope. A building envelope is the boundary between the interior and the exterior of a building. It is one of the most important components in building design due to its role in the maintenance and protection of a structure.

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ABN Amro, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, and UBS will offer loans, which landlords will repay with the savings gained on their utility bills. Johnson Controls, Honeywell, Siemens, and Trane will manage and audit the work while three trade associations, including the U.S. Green Building Council, will train minority contractors and “long-term unemployed” laborers in the construction techniques. “This will create a system to make it easier for building owners to make improvements,” Clinton said.

Clinton added that cities emit three-quarters of the world’s greenhouse gases and that buildings account for between 50 and 80 percent of this toll. The program’s first wave of cities—Bangkok, Berlin, Chicago, Houston, Johannesburg, Karachi, London, Melbourne, Mexico City, Mumbai, New York, Rome, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Tokyo, and Toronto—will start by retrofitting publicly owned buildings. Proponents are keeping the program open to private landlords as well—the landlord of Clinton’s offices in Harlem, Cogswell Realty, have signed on. Clinton’s foundation will also team with the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, a coalition of mayors and business, to promote the program and spread it to other cities.

Building Envelope Importance

Building envelopes ensure that buildings will be constructed in such a way that no damage can be caused by water,  moisture, or other outside influences. Clinton promised the program would reduce utility bills and create jobs everywhere it went—including here at home in the United States.

As we look back on the impact of a good building envelope design, we know that it is one of the easiest ways to significantly increase the performance of a commercial building. The overall construction plays an important role in controlling the levels of light, ventilation and heat flow. For that, we’d like to thank you Mr. Clinton, we couldn’t agree more.


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Rochester, NH  03867 USA
Phone: 603-332-5816  
Email:  k.putnam@jaeger-ttc.com

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Bathroom Remodel Planning Guide

Now is a Good Time for a Bathroom Remodel

By Kate Putnam
Building Envelope Components And Systems / Private Label Manufacturing / Waterproofing Membrane
Now is a Good Time for a Bathroom Remodel

This is an unprecedented time in America and the World as a whole.

If you grew up on TV shows like Tim “The Toolman” Taylor, host of the home-improvement show “Tool Time” you may be wondering if your bathroom remodel will increase your home value. Are the renovation expenses worth the time and headache and most importantly, will it increase your sale price? As you know, some remodels return more investment than others. According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, if a bathroom remodel is undertaken properly, homeowners will recoup 50% of the cost put into the project. “In most cases, almost overwhelmingly it is beneficial to get a bathroom remodel done before selling a home,” said Jacki Shafer a top real estate agent who shared her selling tips with us.

This is an unprecedented time in America and the World as a whole. COVID has not only encouraged us to stay home but to make our living spaces more livable. For the past 20 years, to help homeowners, Remodeling Magazine has published its annual Cost vs. Value Report. The report shows that a mid-range bathroom remodels generally costs about $19,000, if you’re looking for an upscale remodel the average cost is about $62,000. If you don’t have time to read the report:

The Jaeger USA Marketing Team skimmed it for you.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that when the housing market is booming, as it is now, the reconstruction costs recovered are much higher.

The National Association of Realtors and Specpan collected information from nearly 3,000 responses of a web-based survey they sponsored. As we know, when the housing market is in a slump, the percentage of construction costs recovered is lower across all projects.

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A bathroom remodel will give your house the uplift you need.

The COVID LockDown keeps us in our home and our family noticed that a new shower is like taking a mini-vacation. With Jaeger USA Shower Sealing System Components you don’t need to worry about water leakage or mold growth. Over 60% of remodeling projects undertaken are projected to return between 65% and 80% at a home’s resale. This means the real cost is .20 cents to .35 cents on the dollar for most home improvements.

We are in an unprecedented time.

Nationally, prior to COVID the home improvement projects at the bottom of the “value” ladder included home office remodeling, a mid-range sunroom, and garage additions. Again, after our small space bathroom remodel, the first thing we did was create office space so we could work independently and in a professional location.


Home Value is Location Dependant

As you might expect, the amount you recoup at a sale varies depending on your location. A comparative market analysis has already been done for you. While the percentage of costs returned in Mid-Atlantic and New England cities has stayed fairly constant year to year, within California, Oregon, and Washington, remodeling costs recouped at resale are over 10% greater than the national average.

Also of interest, cities in the southeast and southwest that are experiencing a building boom actually fall below the national average when it comes to recouping home improvement costs. One explanation for this trend is the fact that because these areas have plenty of new homes lingering on the market and falling in price, buyers are turning their backs on even the most attractive renovated older homes.

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According to the study above Houston, Texas and the West South Central Region of the US differed slightly from national averages.

Top renovation projects (and the expected “cost recouped” at the time of your home sale) include:

Lowest value renovation projects (and the expected “cost recouped” at the sale) include:

As fluctuations in the US housing market continue impacting home buyers and sellers nationwide, it is important to stay current on factors that impact your home’s value. Just like investing in stocks and mutual funds, your decision to remodel your home should begin with a considered evaluation of your current circumstances and future goals.

While you are making these decisions, keep the amount of time you’re spending in this space and if a project will keep you busy and pay off in the end it’s worth it.

For more home improvement information visit http://www.houstonproperties.com


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Peter Walczak
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Rochester, NH  03867 USA
Phone: 603-332-5816  
Email: p.walczak@jaeger-ttc.com
Website: http://www.jaeger-us.com

John Simmers
Operations Director
JAEGER USA, Inc.
198 Pickering Road
Rochester, NH  03867 USA
Phone: 603-332-5816  
Email: j.simmers@jaeger-ttc.com
Website: http://www.jaeger-us.com

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Marketing
JAEGER USA, Inc.
198 Pickering Road
Rochester, NH  03867 USA
Phone: 603-332-5816  
Email: k.putnam@jaeger-ttc.com
Website: http://www.jaeger-us.com

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Why is Air Barrier vs Vapor Barrier Sealing Tape Important to Ensure Efficiency?

Window installations can be nerve wracking.  They’re often big and heavy, yet fragile. And in a high-performance building, windows are the most expensive components.

But that investment in great windows has a big payoff. High-performance windows deliver on interior comfort and building efficiency – so you don’t have to rely on less dependable HVAC systems to make you comfortable. As a component of the building envelope when sealed with air barrier tape, windows are the most logical location to keep the outside air outside and the inside air inside. Whether it’s heating your home in winter while keeping out the cold or preventing overheating in summer – high-performance windows perform many core building functions. Windows have zero operational costs and no engines that inevitably break.

Interior air barrier systems are essential for a high-performance building envelope. There are many different types of air barriers used because they dramatically improve building energy efficiency, indoor comfort, and longevity.

The quickest way to remember the difference between an air barrier vs a vapor barrier is; air barriers protect the inside and a vapor barrier protects from the outside.

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Interior

Jaeger USA’s interior air barrier products are self-adhering air, vapor, and waterproof barriers that protect structures from the elements from the inside. There are many different types of air barriers. Fluid applied air barrier and membrane polyethylene air barrier materials are the two most popular. Versatile and used as a transition material where different substrates meet or break, beams, columns, and similar joints or connections provide a solid envelope barrier.

Air barrier membranes are also great for covering staples or vapor barrier stakes for a finished look. Made of a UV-resistant polyethylene film that can be used in many exterior house wrap locations.  Examples of air barrier locations are; masking surfaces during stucco (render) application and painting, surface protection, color-coding, and can also be used for splicing and seaming pipefitting covers. It also works well under floating floors, carpet padding, any other location air can sneak in.

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Exterior

Jaeger USA’s Exterior Vapor Barrier Tape is a high performing, heavy-duty, commercial-grade sealing tape.   Engineered to provide a permanent, durable installation that uses a revolutionary waterproofing air and water barrier membrane to provide protection against the element’s penetration into the structure.  Jaeger USA’s Air Barrier products, specifically transition tape, provide a durable seal around doors, windows, and other spaces exposed to the elements. Air barrier membranes can also be used to seal interior joints, seams, holes, and through-wall breaks. Made of UV and moisture-resistant polyethylene air barrier film was designed to withstand the most demanding outdoor conditions.  When used as an air barrier insulation Jaeger USA’s seam tape is highly durable, sticky, and created to withstand the most demanding conditions. 

Whether meeting regulatory requirements for energy efficiency or enhancing weather ability, Jaeger USA barriers meet the need for high-performance building design. Key benefits of air, water, and vapor barriers include:

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Jaeger USA Announces Innovative NEW Multitool 3D Printer

Jaeger USA Introduces German 3D Printer

Jaeger USA Announces Innovative NEW Multitool 3D Printer to be used for 3D printing, CNC milling, and laser engraving.

Jaeger USA Announces Innovative NEW Multitool 3D Printer to be used for 3D printing, CNC milling, and laser engraving.

Jaeger, a private label manufacturing partner is proud to announce German technology in our new 3D printer. Together with our partners, we are advancing revolutionary 3D printing technology in North America in our subsidiary Jaeger USA. 

 The 3D printer works like an inkjet printer that prints layers upon layers from the bottom up designed by a computer-aided program (CAD) to create three-dimensional objects through a layering method.

Sometimes referred to as additive manufacturing, 3D printing involves layering materials, like plastics, powders, composites, or bio-materials to create objects that range in shape, size, rigidity, and color. 

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Jaeger USA Employee Spotlight Peter Walczak

Getting to know each other outside the office.

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At Jaeger USA, we would like to introduce Peter Walczak, a member of the Sales Team.  All of us here are excited to get to know a little bit about him and work together on upcoming projects. Peter graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his past work experience includes Reyco, Home Depot, and Goss. 

Let’s learn a bit more about Pete

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