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USGBC announces 2015 board members

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 2.11.31 PMWashington, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today the newly elected and appointed officers and directors to its 2015 Board of Directors.

“USGBC’s Board of Directors provides invaluable direction and perspective, collectively bringing decades of experience to the table and using their individual expertise to shape the future of the organization, the community and the green building movement as a whole,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Delivering on the promise of developing buildings that sustain and enhance the vitality of life within a generation is no small undertaking. Our Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from many different segments of the building industry and will undoubtedly make great strides in the coming year.”

USGBC’s membership elected the following individuals to serve as directors, for a term of three years each, effective Jan. 1, 2015:

Stephen Bushnell, Stephen Bushnell + Associates: Insurance seat

Linda Chipperfield, Green Seal, Inc.: Environmental Nonprofit Advocate seat

Amy Costello, Armstrong World Industries: Product Manufacturer seat

Denise Grabowski, Symbioscity: Urban/Regional Planner seat

Christopher Schaffner, The Green Engineer, Inc.: Sustainable Practice Leader: Engineer seat

In addition, at its recent meeting in New York, the Board named the following directors to fill appointed positions, each for a term of two years:

Mark James, Urban Green LLC:  Sustainable Community Leader seat

Vance Voss, Principal Real Estate Investors: Commercial Real Estate Executive Leadership seat

The Board elected Fiona Cousins, Arup, as chair-elect and Lisa Matthiessen, Integral Group, as secretary. Marge Anderson, Energy Center of Wisconsin, will serve as chair, and George Bandy, Interface, will serve as immediate past chair. Stuart Carron, ENERGIZE RE LLC, will continue as treasurer. New terms will begin Jan. 1, 2015.

“Both the promise and challenge of the future of green building are significant and I have no doubt this board is equal to the task of advancing the movement,” said Marge Anderson, USGBC Board chair. “With so many individual and yet complementary perspectives coming to the table, we are prepared to champion the inclusion of sustainable design and construction across industries, on large and small scales, in public and private spaces.”

USGBC’s Board includes elected and appointed directors who serve terms of three years and two years, respectively. The complete 2015 USGBC Board roster includes:


Marge Anderson, Energy Center of Wisconsin, Chair

George Bandy, Interface, Immediate Past Chair

Fiona Cousins, Arup, Chair-Elect

Stuart Carron, ENERGIZE RE LLC, Treasurer: Facility Management and Operations seat

Lisa Matthiessen, Integral Group, Secretary: Sustainable Practice Leader: Architecture and Design seat

Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chairman (ex officio)


Jeff Baer, Deutsche Bank: Real Estate Finance and Capital Markets seat

Dan Burgoyne, State of California, Department of General Services: State and Local Government Agency Employee seat

Stephen Bushnell, Stephen Bushnell + Associates: Insurance seat

Linda Chipperfield, Green Seal, Inc.: Environmental Nonprofit Advocate seat

Amy Costello, Armstrong World Industries: Product Manufacturer seat

Duygu Erten, TURKECO: International seat

Mark Frankel, New Buildings Institute: Energy seat

Denise Grabowksi, Symbioscity: Urban/Regional Planner seat

Davor Grgic, Kohler: Business to Consumer Leader seat

Mark James, Urban Green LLC: Sustainable Community Leader seat

Sara O’Mara, Choate Construction Company: Constructor of Buildings seat

Kenneth Potts, McGough Companies: Developer/Real Estate Services seat

John Quale, University of Virginia: Educator (Post-Secondary) seat

Gerrit Reinders, Telkonet: Technology seat

Christopher Schaffner, The Green Engineer, Inc.: Sustainable Practice Leader: Engineer seat

Kevin Stack, Northeast Natural Homes: Residential Construction seat

Vance Voss, Principal Real Estate Investors: Commercial Real Estate Executive Leader seat

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Daltile featured in Dallas luxury home tour

IMG_0315Dallas—An Arlington, Texas home featured in the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association 22nd Kaleidoscope of Homes luxury home show featured unique applications of tile throughout.

The home, designed by AMA Interiors, Inc., used tile as a statement piece in almost every room. Most impressive was the kitchen, featuring Daltile Cepac Lantern mosaics along the backsplash. The master bath utilizes unique patterning of Daltile’s Chenille White vein-cut limestone planks on the floor and large rectangle shapes arranged vertically in the shower. Accents of coordinating hexagon mosaics and chair rail help break up the shower wall and add aesthetic interest. Tile was chosen to highlight even the smallest nooks in the home, such as the Daltile City Lights mosaic selected for the wine grotto.

The home was one of six chosen for the tour based on its demonstration of new and innovative architectural design features, interior decorating, consumer electronics, appliances, building products, technology and multimedia offerings.

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Quick-Step’s celebrity designer tells retailers and builders to “use the tools”

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 3.12.08 PMDallas—For several years, Quick-Step’s celebrity designer partner Erinn Valencich has been telling retailers and builders to encourage their clients to “use the tools”.

“Make the most of the technology age in which we live, by having your clients tap into the design, selection and social media tools that are already out there,” advises Erinn Valencich, interior designer and contestant on NBC’s hit design reality show “American Dream Builders.” “Quick-Step flooring, and other leading brands in all home and shelter material categories, are already providing free tools that let your clients dabble online to their hearts content with design, style and products to make building, restoring or decorating fun and easy! Take advantage of this; tell your clients to use the tools.”

Valencich highly recommends Quick-Step’s new Style My Floor online design tool as a must for builder and retail flooring clients to use, for inspiration and selection assistance.

“Only the most artistic among your clients could ever accurately visualize in their minds exactly what different flooring choices might look like when installed in a particular room of their home,” Valencich advised. “That is why I love what Quick-Step’s new Style My Floor empowers your clients to see right in front of their eyes. As one of the best digital shopping tools on the market today, Style My Floor essentially puts an entire collection of Quick-Step flooring product ‘samples’ into the consumer’s hands at home, and then lets the shopper see exactly what the new floor would look like installed in any specific room of their home, through the use of augmented reality technology. Style My Floor takes away the guess work usually involved in the process of selecting a new floor. It makes your job easier and also makes your clients more confident in their final choices.”

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Haines celebrates the integration of CMH Space

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 9.26.27 AMGlen Burnie, Md.—Ten months after acquiring CMH Space, Haines announced that the integration of the two companies has been completed and the new Haines is being launched.

“We are all very excited about launching the new Haines following the integration of CMH,” said Bruce Zwicker, Haines president and CEO. “We look forward to developing ways to bring our customers the benefits of the new company. We are one company doing its best to provide the products and services that our customers need to succeed.”

Effective Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 the integration of the two companies is complete. The new Haines is now operating as one company with integrated technologies, systems, logistics and teams.

“A lot of people across Haines have put in a lot of time and effort to make the integration a success. With this step completed, we can start finding ways to add more value for our customers,” Zwicker said.

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Interface introduces its new Reclaim

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 10.58.12 AMLaGrange, Ga.—Interface has drawn on the natural beauty found in salvaged matter and materials for the design of its new Reclaim carpet tiles. The 25cm x 1m skinny plank series echoes the look of worn, weathered wood, lending interiors a feeling that’s both warm and inviting yet completely modern.

Constructed of 100% recycled content fiber that combines reclaimed carpet fiber with salvaged fishing nets, Reclaim remains true to its name and at the same time is in lockstep with the company’s Mission Zero promise to eliminate any negative impact it has on the environment by the year 2020. Innovative and versatile, the style is offered in eight colorways, which can be combined in stunning compositions or used in a single shade to achieve an ombré effect or the look of aged clapboard.

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2014 NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention a resounding success

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 9.43.55 AMChicago—More than 700 distribution professionals came together from throughout the leading floor covering, specialty building material, cabinetry and woodworking industries for another successful NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention, Nov. 18-20 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas.

Distributor attendees took advantage of many opportunities to build relationships and make strong business connections with hundreds of new and existing supplier partners. Attending distribution firms represented approximately 900 distribution center locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. One-on-one business meetings allowed attendees to form their operating and logistics plans, develop marketing plans, discuss current products and future offerings and cover the critical factors that establish and strengthen their partnerships.

In addition, the event’s educational sessions were highly rated and featured an impressive roster of thought leaders. Nationally recognized speakers shared their expertise on economic trends, innovative thinking, generational differences, trends in the building product supply chain and work-life balance. Attendees walked away with practical tips and best practices that they can implement to enhance their business and personal brand.

“We are very pleased with the number of industry leaders and executives who attended this year’s event and helped make it a success,” said Kevin Gammonley, executive vice president of NBMDA and NAFCD executive director. “As always, this highly anticipated event allows attendees to establish and strengthen new partnerships all in one place. We received positive feedback on the tabletop session, networking opportunities and education offerings.”

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FloorFolio U.S. factory nears final stages of completion

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 9.25.04 AMEdison, N.J.—FloorFolio Industries has announced the first U.S. factory is in the final stages of construction, and the site’s location is officially disclosed near its current headquarters in Edison.

“This production facility is an initial first step as FloorFolio continues its expansion of flooring products throughout the United States,” explains Michael Freedman, president and CEO.

Undergoing the final leg of construction, this production facility will be the new home to FloorFolio’s patented EnviroQuiet Luxury Vinyl Tile. Final construction and equipment placement will be taking place in the next 60 days. It is expected that the facility will become operational in the next 90 days after trial runs begin.

In addition, Dale Tucker has been named executive vice president of the new production facility. Tucker’s past experience in manufacturing will be instrumental as FloorFolio begins production in the United States.

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Greenbuild 2014 delivers strong event in New Orleans

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 9.21.33 AMDallas—Hanley Wood and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have announced the results of the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held Oct. 22-24 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Attendance at the event totaled 17,507, with 552 exhibiting companies participating in 142,000 square feet of exhibit and display space on the trade show floor.

Greenbuild featured over 240 sessions, tours, summits and workshops in the robust education program and throughout the week, with many sold out sessions. Throughout the course of the week an impressive 37,250 hours of continuing education credits were earned at Greenbuild.

“Every year, we strive to bring world-class education and programming to the green building community and maintain the standards that make Greenbuild the most sustainable building conference in the world,” said Kate Hurst, director of conferences and events, USGBC. “With more than 240 education sessions, every member of the green building community had an opportunity to focus on topics that mattered to them at this year’s show.”

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TISE continues call for nominations for Best of 2015 awards program

TISE-+-DC-Partner-Logo_VerticalDallas—The International Surface Event (TISE) has announced the call for nominations for the Best of 2015 awards program, sponsored by Floor Covering News, Stone World and TILE Magazine.

Participation in the Best of program, which encompasses Surfaces, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and TileExpo, is free for companies exhibiting at TISE 2015. Submissions may include a product, program, service, business practice or booth design that was introduced after TISE 2014 or is making its debut at TISE 2015. A company may submit only one product in a single category, but may submit the same product across multiple categories.

The Best of awards for each show will be evaluated and determined by a panel of judges chosen by the official publication sponsors. The winning companies will be announced and awarded in the winners’ booths on January 22. Awards will be presented by representatives from the sponsoring publications and TISE show management. Winners will also be featured in a post-show press release, featured on the show’s social media channels and highlighted on

“The Best of awards program has grown in popularity and prestige over the last couple of years,” commented Amie Gilmore, show director for The International Surface Event. “This program adds abundant value to the show and to the exhibitors’ experience. If you’re an exhibitor at TISE 2015, you’ll want to take advantage of this opportunity.”

If you are an exhibitor and would like to nominate your company for an award, click here. The deadline for submission is Dec. 5, 2014.

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Flexitions introduces Flexitions LUX, stainable flexible transition molding for LVT & LVP

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 2.52.47 PMOntario, Calif.—Flexitions, an award-winning manufacturer and marketer of stainable flexible transition moldings is pleased to announce the launch of Flexitions LUX, a complete line of stainable flexible transition molding profiles specifically designed for use within Luxury Vinyl Tile and Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring installations and applications. Flexitions LUX will accommodate any LVT or LVP flooring installation within residential, commercial or hospitality settings. The stainable flexible transition moldings from the Flexitions LUX series can be used in straight or curved flooring installations providing ultimate convenience and ease for any job site. The durability of the Flexitions LUX series will outperform and outlast any other molding product in the industry and the overall appeal, stainablity, product aesthetics and functionality cannot be duplicated.

“The ever-­growing luxury vinyl flooring category is producing more and more projects that require an equally beautiful transition molding that provides diversity, modern appeal and durability. The Flexitions LUX Series is just that. Flexitions LUX is the final piece to a perfect flooring experience,” said Gary Hernandez, Sr., CEO of Flexitions.