CertainTeed boosts eco integration
CertainTeed Corp. integrated its ceilings product line into ecoScorecard and SmartBIM online tools, a move the company says will streamline green building specification and documentation.
Both platforms help architects and building professionals leverage the benefits of CertainTeed’s high-performance ceilings products, while eliminating the time-intensive manual research and analysis of green building projects.
Dawn Chittick, marketing manager for CertainTeed Ceilings, said: “Through the ecoScorecard and SmartBIM tools, architects and designers can quickly evaluate and understand the environmental impact of our products. By providing readily available product information in the format they need, we’re ultimately supporting a more sustainable built environment.”
EcoScorecard provides architects and designers with the ability to search and evaluate products based on environmental characteristics, including 1,200 unique attributes across 20 green building rating systems. The free online system automatically updates as rating systems change and offers easy access to the documentation required for project submittals.
NLBMDA launches Dealers Helping Heroes
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Responding to the housing needs and day-to-day challenges of wounded veterans, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) launched a program called Dealers Helping Heroes.
"This industry wants to support our country’s military veterans and one way we’ll help is with the Dealers Helping Heroes program. The Yellow Ribbon Fund and the Helping A Hero Organization have some great ideas on how construction supply businesses can make an impact in the lives of military families and we look forward to working with them," said NLBMDA chairman Chuck Bankston, president of Bankston Lumber in Barnesville, Ga. "Servicemen and women suffering with severe injuries deserve homes that will accommodate their new way of life and I call on lumber dealers to consider adopting a wounded warrior."
Many of the most severely wounded veterans are treated at Walter Reed/Bethesda Naval Hospital and at Brook Army Medical Center (BAMC). As they transition to civilian life, they are often in desperate need of assistance in remodeling, renovating or building a home that will work for their particular disability. However, they only receive $7,000 for a remodel and $64,960 for building a new home from the federal government.
When a veteran is ready to transition home, their name is added to a master list maintained by Helping a Hero helpingahero.org. Participating state/regional building material associations will receive a list bi-weekly of veterans looking to transition and where they are transitioning. The state/regional association will identify a local dealer willing to "adopt" the veteran and provide whatever assistance they can to help them with the building project. Helping a Hero will contact the dealer to further discuss the needs of the local veteran, to answer any questions, and define the parameters of the project. Once the dealer is fully on-board, Helping a Hero will pair the veteran with the dealer and work with them to complete the home project.
"These American heroes have given so much to our country. The Dealers Helping Heroes program is a small way for the building material industry to thank them for their service and sacrifice on behalf of all Americans," said NLBMDA president Michael O’Brien.
Knowlton takes charge at Norandex Building Materials
Glenn Knowlton has been named president and CEO of Norandex Building Materials Distribution, based in Husdon, Ohio.
Formerly VP sales and marketing for Norandex sister company Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Knowlton takes the lead role at Norandex at an exciting time, as many industry experts predict a market recovery in 2013.
"We have good, hard-working people at the corporate and branch levels ready, willing and certainly capable of servicing the needs of building professionals," Knowlton said in a prepared statement. "My goal is to provide our team with the resources necessary to provide unmatched service to our customers. I am ready to go out into our local markets with our local teams to shake some hands and ask how we can better help our customers."
In his previous role at Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Knowlton was responsible for leading a sales and marketing organization of more than 400 employees servicing and supporting the industrial, construction, aftermarket and do-it-yourself channels in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Prior to that, he served in various capacities with the Abrasives business.
"I clearly remember what it was like to pound the pavement, make cold calls and drum up business, and as a result, I have a keen understanding of what our customers face on a daily basis," said Knowlton.
As for his plans for Norandex, Knowlton said, "Norandex has earned a reputation as a premier distributor of building products for more than 65 years. I respect and honor that reputation and seek to do whatever I can to build upon it. These are exciting times at Norandex, and that translates to good things for our customers.
Norandex Building Materials Distribution is one of the largest distributors of exterior siding, windows and roofing in the United States. The company has more than 100 branches in 38 states that stock, sell and service residential and light commercial building products to builders and contractors. Norandex is part of the Building Distribution Sector of Saint-Gobain, which describes itself as the world’s largest supplier of building materials.