* A home rehab project in Washington, DC's historic Capitol Hill neighborhood has broken ground. As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America retrofit
program, the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB) and Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) is demonstrating the "whole house" design approach on a 1,440-square-foot rowhouse. Part of the construction work will be completed by GreenHOME, a local volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to demonstrating affordability and efficiency of urban housing.
* SWA is also partnering with the Newburgh, NY, affiliate of Habitat for Humanity (HfH) on the construction of six energy-efficient panelized rowhouses to be built in Newburgh, which will demonstrate the application of innovative energy-efficient building strategies.
* New York Governor George E. Pataki recently dedicated The Solaire, an environmentally sustainable residential high-rise building located at 20 River Terrace in New York's Battery Park City. It is the first new residential building to be completed in downtown Manhattan since 9-11, and is the first beneficiary of Governor Pataki's green building tax credit.
* Shaw Industries Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company and the world's largest carpet manufacturer, has adopted a new environmental policy that commits it to develop sustainable carpet products that can be continually broken down and reused again, returning carpet to carpet through closed-loop or "cradle-to-cradle" recycling. Rather than using traditional approaches that recycle used carpet into other products that could eventually end up in a landfill, the Dalton, GA-based company will utilize an approach to maintain continuous responsibility for its product material. Through its Environ-mental Guarantee program, Shaw will collect, transport and recycle any carpet tile made with EcoWorx®, its environmentally sustainable carpet backing.
* Allsteel Inc., Muscatine, IA, has undertaken an initiative to encourage its suppliers to accept the Lean & Clean Process Review that is being offered by the Green Supplier Network [GSN], a partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institute for Standards & Technology. The review helps suppliers discover opportunities for organizational improvement and cost savings
by lessening environmental impacts. At the same time it helps improve productivity and customer satisfaction. The EPA will contribute $2,500 toward the $7,000 base fee required for the Lean & Clean specialist assigned to conduct the review; Allsteel is offering a $4,500 credit to each supplier who commits to the program to help offset the difference.
* The Durst Organization, one of New York City's most prominent commercial real estate owners, is making an annual purchase of approximately 10.5 million kilowatt-hours of NewWind Energy®, clean and renewable green power from Community Energy, Inc. It will be used to help power Durst's 7.5-million-square-foot portfolio of seven high-rise office buildings in Manhattan and represents 10 percent of the total energy consumed in the company's New York properties. NewWind Energy is supplied from the Fenner Wind Power Project, located east of Syracuse in Madison County. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a state agency, supports the green power initiative by providing funding for marketing support. ConEdison Solutions, a leading energy services company, partners with Community Energy Inc. to bring green power to the New York City area.
* Tarkett has received Environmental Profile Certification with an A Rating from the United Kingdom's Building Research Establishment (BRE). Tarkett's homogeneous iQ vinyl flooring was the first resilient flooring to meet BRE's classification for the Green Guide top rating. BRE certification means that all inputs and outputs from the procurement, manufacture, installation and use of Tarkett products have been independently confirmed, and the effects over the whole life cycle are measured for their environmental impact.
* Connecticut College, New London, CT, will purchase wind power energy certificates that equal approximately 44 percent of the college's annual electricity consumption. The college has committed to purchase the certificates for the next two years from EAD Environmental, a New York-based renewable energy credit and greenhouse gas marketer. The purchase equals 13.3 million kilowatt-hours of EAD Environmental's 100-percent Green-e Certified New Wind RECertificates, which is the equivalent to the total output of nearly four 1.5-megawatt wind turbines and will prevent the emissions of approximately 17.2 million pounds of greenhouse gases.
* Whirlpool Corp., Benton Harbor, MI, has committed to reducing its global greenhouse gas emissions by three percent from its 1998 emissions level. It has targeted 2008 to achieve the goal, while simultaneously increasing global home appliance production by nearly 40 percent. The three-percent cut in carbon emissions translates into an annual reduction of approximately four million metric tons, or a more than 15-million-metric-ton reduction from Whirlpool's 1998 emissions level. This reduction annually is equivalent to the carbon emissions released by 28 coal-fired power plants or 10 million U.S. cars.
* TOTO USA, Inc., Morrow, GA, will donate $75,000 in high-performance plumbing products—225 matching suites of toilets and lavatories—to nine Florida chapters of Habitat for Humanity, outfitting all bathrooms in the houses these affiliates will build during 2004. TOTO's contribution supports the efforts of its senior national accounts manager, Gunnar Baldwin, who rowed his 18-foot guide boat 300 miles along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from Melbourne to Key Largo, FL, during January where he stopped at each of the nine affiliates to make an educational presentation on the importance to the home owner and the environment of installing and maintaining "green plumbing."
* Fiber Innovation Technology, Inc. (FIT), a Cha Technologies Company based in Johnson City, TN, has signed a master license agreement with Cargill Dow LLC, Minnetonka, MN, to produce and sell branded Ingeo fibers in North America and select Asian markets. The agreement includes technology licenses, brand rights and raw material for the branded fibers made from Cargill Dow's PLA (polylactide) polymers. FIT has been working with PLA since the mid-1990s and sees the annually renewable resource-derived fiber as a key driver of offering fibers that will impact the future
direction of the fibers industry. Under terms of the agreement, FIT will make a specified range of fiber products and grades that will be certified and branded as Ingeo fibers for sale to accredited downstream partners.
Honors and Awards
* Mohawk Industries was selected to receive the Excellence in Partnership Award presented by the Coalition for Government Procurement together with the GSA Federal Supply Service and Federal Times. Mohawk's win came in the category of Green Contractor, and, according to the award criteria, the contract floor coverings manufacturer based in Kennesaw, GA, was chosen for its "best overall commitment to the environment by either offering environmentally friendly products and services, or adhering to environmentally sound manufacturing and/or operating procedures."
* The NAHB Research Center presented the 2004 EnergyValue Housing Award (EVHA) Builder of the Year award to Chuck Miller Construction, LLC, Hidden Springs, ID. EVHA judges selected the company because it "walks the talk" when it comes to energy efficiency, and is committed to energy efficient home construction, resulting in a great product from design through homeowner orientation. The 2004 Outstanding Multifamily Builder award was given to The Tower Companies, North Bethesda, MD, in recognition of its outstanding contributions to energy-efficient home construction. The EVHA is managed by the NAHB Research Center, and operated in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
* The World Environment Center's Annual WEC Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development has been awarded to Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI). The Milwaukee, WI-based company was honored for "creating tremendous shareholder value through businesses and initiatives that enable energy efficiency and reduced carbon dioxide emissions; facilitate resource efficiency, reuse and recycling; and promote Green Building design concepts." The jury cited JCI's "High Performance Green Buildings" initiative, through which it creates buildings designed to conserve energy and water, use natural materials and lighting, treat landscapes with respect and minimize emissions.
* For the third consecutive year, Virco Manufacturing Corp. has been named a Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) winner by the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB). Headquartered in Torrance, CA, Virco was
honored for substantial waste reduction achievements, including raising its overall
recycling output by 20 percent during a 12-month period.
* Audubon International, a not-for-profit environmental organization that promotes
sustainable resource management, announced that WCI Communities, a leading builder of highly amenitized lifestyle communities, is the first homebuilder to have a residential community certified as an Audubon International Gold Signature Sustainable Development. The designation is Audubon International's highest rating fo environmental design, construction and operation of new developments.
On The Internet
* Green Building Pages, Inc., a new Web-based resource guide for green building materials, has launched at www.green buildingpages.com. The brainchild of Marilyn Miller Farmer, AIA, LEED A.P., of Habitat Studio Architecture & Planning, it was created to assist building professionals with accessible, free and up-to-date green product information. It includes links to manufacturers' Web sites, local distributors and basic product information using a set of 38 sustainable criteria categories in the production and manufacturing, installation and use, demolition and disposal, testing and certifications, and in company environmental and social policies. Green Building Pages will also help identify Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) and LEED credit opportunities.
* A new computer software program developed by PRB Design, Orlando, FL, has been created to help determine the sustainability and greenness of a product, while also positioning it for potential use in LEED-certified projects. LEAD DOG GQ™ allows product manufacturers to perform an in-depth analysis of the source and content of the raw materials (feedstock) that they use as well their own manufacturing processes. Recyclability, installed product performance and factors such as distribution methods, testing standards and documentation are also addressed. A companion Web site has been launched at www.leaddogGQ.com that allows manufactures to post their GQ reports for easy downloading by architects, specifiers and other building team members. To view a demonstration, visit www.prb design.com.