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EcoCycleSolutions announces CanCoverIt line of insulation products

BY HBSDealer Staff

EcoCycleSolutions introduced its new line of CanCoverIt air sealing and insulation products Tuesday, which were designed to address safety and energy efficiency challenges in the industry.

The covers, made from FSK-faced fiberglass wallboard, are built to seal openings between the home and the attic and can be implemented around light fixtures, bathroom fans, speakers and more. CanCoverIt promises relative ease and quickness of installation in addition to performance quality.

"When I started developing CanCoverIt over two years ago, I realized there was a lack of awareness and a great deal of confusion on how to safely seal and insulate around recessed light fixutres," said founder and president David Hanacek. "As homeowners were attempting to upgrade the efficiency of their home, the lack of awareness and confusion prevented them from realizing the full benefit from their energy efficiency upgrade, and in some instances created safety issues. My goal with CanCoverIt was to make it easy and cost-effective for a homeowner or a contractor to address both concerns at the same time."

CanCoverIt will be available individually on Amazon and on the company website. Full case quantities will be available through insulation distribution outlets listed on the EcoCycleSolutions website.

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Skanska pulls out of Chamber of Commerce in protest of anti-LEED initiative

BY HBSDealer Staff

After asking the Chamber of Commerce to reconsider its support for the American High-Performance Building Coalition lobby (AHPBC), Skanska USA has resigned from the board and removed its funding in protest of the Chamber’s complicity in effectively curbing LEED sustainable building operations.

The lobbying organization’s chemical industry-backed initiative (linked to the Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill (S. 761)), opposes the implementation of a more stringent LEED certification program (LEEDv4). If successful, the AHPBC’s efforts would essentially ban pro-innovation and voluntary LEED certification by the government.

LEEDv4 places a strong premium on transparency in reporting the chemical composition of building materials. It was approved by 86% of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), an independent organization that maintains and implements the LEED program.

Skanska, a construction firm that has been a strong proponent of the LEED program, believes the AHPBC would significantly undermine progress in environmentally responsible construction and damage LEED’s strong contribution to the U.S. economy.

"The Chamber is on the wrong side of this issue, and its support of the AHPBC is misplaced as well as misguided," said Skanska president and CEO Mike McNally. "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was created to advocate for pro-business policies that create jobs and support our economy. The numbers prove that LEED and green building do just that. Because a few companies don’t like the current LEED program, they want to involve the government and create an eniterly new system for government buildings. This is exactly the kind of redundancy and bureaucracy that we pay the Chamber to fight. Rather than support its members, who continually innovate to create new products that straddle the line between responsible and profitable, the Chamber has chosen to support a group of businesses who care more about protecting the status quo. Skanska can no longer lend its support to the Chamber when it does not do right by the community it purports to serve."

The AHPBC, formed approximately one year ago, was initially applauded by the USGBC. In a public statement published July 2012, USGBC senior VP global policy and law Roger Platt said that "we welcome the announcement of the formation of the American High Performance Building Coalition, but as Ronald Reagan once said, we will ‘trust but verify.’"

"USGBC knows just how crucial industry participation is to high performance building success," he continued. "The 1.5 million square feet per day of commercial space we certify would not be possible without the full active participation of leading architects, engineers, builders, contractors and product manufacturers. If this coalition is sincere in its interest to advance high-performance buildings over the status quo, we welcome them to the table and sincerely look forward to engaging together to make green buildings more valuable to Americans."

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IKEA breaks ground on Kansas City store

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Home furnishings giant IKEA will break ground on Tuesday, July 9, for its Kansas City-area store in Merriam, Kan.

When the new 359,000-sq.-ft. store opens fall 2014 on 19 acres along the eastern side of Interstate-35 and Johnson Drive, it will be the 40th IKEA store in the United States. 

This future IKEA store will feature three model home interiors, 50 room-settings, a supervised children’s play area and a 450-seat restaurant.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is expected to attend the ceremony.

 

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