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ANSI approves 2012 ICC 700 National Green Building Standard

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the International Code Council (ICC) applaud the recent approval of the 2012 ICC 700 National Green Building Standard.

In 2007, NAHB and the ICC partnered to establish a nationally recognized standard definition of green building. The resulting ICC 700 National Green Building Standard is the first and only residential green building rating system to undergo the full consensus process and receive approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This is the first time the standard has undergone Consensus Committee review and update since it was published in 2009. Continue reading ANSI approves 2012 ICC 700 National Green Building Standard

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Flooring industry continues to stand out

by Matthew Spieler

San Francisco—From reclaimed wood and tile sources to recycled and recyclable carpet and resilient products to natural materials such as wool, cork and bamboo, the flooring industry once again showed why it remains among the leaders in the green building movement at the 11th annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. Continue reading Greenbuild International Conference & Expo

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Turner Construction Company releases Market Barometer survey results

New York — Turner Construction Company, recognized as the leading general builder and the largest green builder in the United States, announced today the results of a new Market Barometer survey that focused on environmentally sustainable, or “green” building, and on sustainable practices in general. Key findings revealed that companies remain committed to constructing green buildings. While executives remained committed to incorporating sustainable building practices into their building programs, fewer said their companies were likely to seek LEED certification from the US Green Building Council when constructing a green building.  Continue reading Turner Construction Company releases Market Barometer survey results

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Better metrics of green building needed, according to new McGraw-Hill brief

McGraw-Hill Construction, part of The McGraw-Hill Companies, recently released its latest SmartMarket Executive Brief: Determining the Value of Green Building Investments: A Perspective From Industry Leaders on Triple Bottom Line Decision Making, in partnership with URS, at the White House’s 2012 GreenGov Symposium. The report provides the findings of qualitative research conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction through interviews with sustainability leaders in the education, healthcare, retail, manufacturing and federal government sectors on their perspectives about decision making for green building investments.

The report reveals that in order for green building to continue to gain market share at a comparable rate to the past decade, more far-reaching benefits need to be documented and demonstrated to organizational leadership for them to increase their level of green investments. These include benefits across the spectrum of financial, environmental and social benefits—often referred to as the “triple bottom line.” Continue reading Better metrics of green building needed, according to new McGraw-Hill brief

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Domotex asia/ChinaFloor: China’s largest construction and green building event

Shanghai, ChinaDomotex asia/ChinaFloor, already the world’s second largest floor covering trade show, is now a major attraction in Asia’s largest international construction industry event organized by VNU Exhibitions. The floor covering trade show has already booked 85% of its 11 halls, making it the largest, single showtaking place at the construction industry event in the Shanghai New International Expo Center March 27‐29, 2012.

Domotex asia/ChinaFloor will run simultaneously with the China Building Construction Expo (http://www.gbcexpo.com/en/) encompassing green building products, technology and design. By organizing these events alongside Domotex asia/ChinaFloor, VNU brings together the flooring Continue reading Domotex asia/ChinaFloor: China’s largest construction and green building event

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Greenbuild 2011: Green movement just as strong north of the border

TORONTO—Despite the crowds not being as big as last year; despite the absence of a number of well-known flooring brands from the sold-out exhibition floor; despite much of the world continuing to struggle to climb out of the economic pit it has been in, the 10th annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo not only proved to be beneficial to those who participated, the event showed the green building movement remains strong throughout the world. Continue reading Greenbuild 2011: Green movement just as strong north of the border

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Greenbuild opens tomorrow in Toronto

TORONTO— The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) annual conference and expo is making its way to Toronto tomorrow to celebrate “what’s next” in green building. Greenbuild is the world’s largest green building conference and expo and is expected to make an economic impact of $26 million CAD, bringing 25,000 delegates from over 115 countries to the event. A release from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre earlier this week also stated that Greenbuild will generate a positive impact on the local economy of over $58 million from delegate spending. Continue reading Greenbuild opens tomorrow in Toronto

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Obituary: Interface founder Ray Anderson loses battle against cancer

ATLANTA—Ray Anderson, founder and chairman of Interface and environmental pioneer, lost his 20-month battle against cancer here Aug. 8. He was 77.

An honors graduate of Georgia Tech’s school of industrial and systems engineering in 1956, Anderson founded Interface in 1973 to produce the first free-lay carpet tiles in America. Interface, is now the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet tile, which it markets under the InterfaceFLOR, FLOR, Heuga and Bentley Prince Street brands. Continue reading Obituary: Interface founder Ray Anderson loses battle against cancer