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Bentley Prince Street and dumpster diving…?

This is a wonderful update on what Bentley Prince Street is doing for green business from L.A.Times blogger Linda Daley. Click any of the links to get to the blog post.

It covers some of the points with which most of us are familiar like the company’s commitement to eliminate its negative impacts on the Earth by 2020, and measures taken within the factory to reduce energy consumption.

But read on to find out why BPS employees are dumpster diving!

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NeoCon2010: Commercial market shows signs of life

CHICAGO—After more than a year of feeling the affects of a recession that played havoc with the residential market for nearly four years, the architectural and design community is beginning to see signs of life. That was the prevailing sentiment at NeoCon 2010, which was marked by an uptick in attendance, standing-room-only carpet showrooms, gains in exhibitors and exhibit space and, most importantly, immeasurable optimism. Continue reading NeoCon2010: Commercial market shows signs of life

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HD Expo Hospitality seeks rebound from challenging 2009

LAS VEGAS—The hospitality industry may have suffered through the economic down- turn as much as any commercial segment in 2009 with estimates of a 30% to 40% decrease in business, but that doesn’t mean the sector is without optimism. This was evident at the recent Hospitality & Design Expo in Las Vegas, where more than 6,500 attendees had the opportunity to view the newest products and cutting-edge ideas from the nearly 900 exhibitors.

Most exhibitors with whom FCNews spoke said they noticed traffic and overall energy was up at the show. Comments such as, “We had all the right people visit us at our booth,” “Many [architects and designers] had new and exciting projects to talk about,” or “Not only are we seeing light at the end of the tunnel, we may be slowly coming out of the tunnel all together” were echoed in various forms throughout the three-day event. Continue reading HD Expo Hospitality seeks rebound from challenging 2009

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Starnet Annual Meeting & Convention: Optimism returns as members see hope on the horizon

MARCO ISLAND, FLA.—Though the commercial market continues to plod through the recession as its residential counterpart starts the recovery process, optimism was in the air at the annual meeting of the Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring Partnership.Al Kabus, right, president of the Mohawk Group, and Starnet member Jeff Hill.

While most admit a light will not come, unfortunately, until 2011/2012, they feel as if the segment has pretty much bottomed out and this year may even be better than 2009.

Under the theme, “The Power of Partnership,” all but six of Starnet’s 172 members were in attendance, and this feeling of hope resonated throughout the membership as well as a packed room of vendor partners who confirmed projects that had been put on hold are starting to free up. Continue reading Starnet Annual Meeting & Convention: Optimism returns as members see hope on the horizon