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Green Building Council still open for suggestions

BY Ken Clark

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) opened its sixth and final public comment period for LEED version 4. The comment period runs through March 31.

From a lumber industry perspective, the current LEED standard recognizes certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

According to a release from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, the comment period offers a “last chance to urge USGBC to include all recognized forest certification standards including SFI, American Tree Farm System, Canadian Standards Association and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes." 

The next version of LEED is being discussed by the USGBC here.

 

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DaVinci brings attention to colorful roofscapes

BY Ken Clark

Kansas City, Kan.-based DaVinci Roofscapes, maker of roofing materials including polymer slate and shake roofing, launched a home exterior color contest open to all homeowners.

The “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest includes a $5,000 cash grand prize to help the winner add color to the exterior of his or her home.

National color expert Kate Smith will help judge the contest to determine five finalists. She will then work with a professional artist to create renderings and product wish lists of how the five finalists can transform their home’s exteriors by adding color and colorful products by the contest sponsor and partners. The original photo submission and the artist’s renderings for the five finalists will be posted on the contest site for two weeks of online public voting. The finalist with the most votes will receive the $5,000 grand prize.

“This fun contest will show people how easy it can be to add ‘top down’ color to a home’s exterior,” said Smith, president and chief color maven of Sensational Color. “We’re going to help people turn ordinary home exteriors into extraordinary, color-coordinated showstoppers.” 

The contest is being run through the DaVinci Facebook page

The contest sponsor, DaVinci Roofscapes, offers polymer slate and shake roofing tiles in 49 standard colors. Each of the product partners for the contest, including Therma-Tru, Fypon and Simonton Windows, offers colorful product options for homeowners to enhance their home’s exterior.

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Quick Drain hires Davis Sales Group

BY Ken Clark

Quick Drain USA has hired the Davis Sales Group based in Cleveland to represent and promote the company’s line of award-winning linear drain shower systems throughout Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.

“Matt Davis has a ‘can do’ attitude and a track record of making sure the dealer is always taken care of,” said Jim Van Landingham, VP residential sales for Quick Drain USA. “We are confident Matt will give us the exposure in his market to take us to the next level … and, are excited to have him represent us.”

The Davis Sales Group is family-owned independent manufacturers’ representative agency, which was established in 1957. Representing manufacturers of commercial plumbing/heating products and high-end decorative residential kitchen/bath products, the firm takes a structured and professional approach relative to the sales of these various product lines.

Matt Davis commented, "We’re excited about partnering with Quick Drain USA. The firm has established a great reputation since its inception only a few years ago, and clearly, its range of products complement those which we currently represent."

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