GreenExpo365.com turns on sustainable building materials
GreenExpo365.com held a live Web event to showcase and educate its users about green building materials earlier this month. The website, dedicated year-round to the green building community, offered an array of resources at the live Web conference, targeted at anyone interested in sustainable building.
Registered users of the site were able to access a virtual tradeshow, at which representatives from a number of companies were available at virtual “booths” to chat online in an instant messaging format and answer questions about their environmentally friendly products.
The Web event also featured four live webinars on various topics related to choosing green building products by industry experts, including Edward Mazria of Architecture 2030, Alex Wilson of BuildingGreen, Rick Schwolsky of EcoHome Magazine, and Bill Walsh of the Healthy Building Network and the Pharos Project.
Scott Donnelly of GreenExpo365 reported that the August event was quite successful, with a strong turnout both days.
“Our goal is to establish a platform to educate the green building community,” Donnelly said. “We’re looking to get in front of people and tell them what’s going on, to help them build and design better. Sustainability is critical in this industry, but although everyone is talking about how to build with sustainable products, there’s not always an easy place to find that information."
GreenExpo365 held its first live event in March 2010, and hosts four events of this kind annually. The August event was the third this year; the next is scheduled for November.
GreenExpo365 users can enter exhibitors’ booths at any time and access information posted by the company, such as literature on available products, information about the company’s environmental initiatives and contact information.
GreenExpo365 currently has roughly 10,000 registered users, mainly architects and builders. However, the site’s membership also includes a range of manufacturers, educators, government officials, students, consumers and others interested in sustainable building. The site places great emphasis on social media and interactivity, offering blogs, forums and networking lounges. GreenExpo365 also has a presence on Twitter.
Housing starts in July slip 1.5%
Compared with June’s housing start report, there is less to cheer about in the Tuesday morning release from the Department of Commerce and U.S. Census Bureau.
The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts slipped to 604,000 in July. But that’s still up 9.8% from the July 2010 rate of 550,000. Another possible positive indicator: June and July marked the first two-month stretch of a pace higher than 600,000 since March and April of 2010.
Single-family housing starts in July were at a rate of 425,000, a 4.9% decline from June. Single-family homes are also down compared with a year ago, when July 2010 starts were at a pace of 429,000.
On a regional basis, the Northeast showed the strongest month-to-month performance — up 34.7% in total starts, and up 7.5% in single-family homes. The bleakest stats emerged from the Midwest region, which was down 37.7% compared with June in total starts, and down 22.6% in single-family starts.
Home Depot shows sales and earnings growth
Sales increased 4.2% at The Home Depot, the company reported Tuesday morning.
The Atlanta-based company posted $20.2 billion in sales for the period. The company’s net earnings for the quarter were $1.4 billion, compared with net earnings of $1.2 billion in the same period of fiscal 2010.
Encouraged by the growth, the world’s largest home improvement retailer raised its fiscal 2011 diluted earnings-per-share guidance to an expectation of $2.34 for the year, up 16%.
“Our second-quarter results were driven by a rebound in our seasonal business, storm-related repairs and strength in our core categories,” said Frank Blake, chairman and CEO. “We continue to deliver a strong operating performance, while also investing in customer service and our merchandising initiatives. I would like to thank our associates for their hard work and dedication. It is their efforts that enabled us to deliver these results.”
In the United States, comp-store sales were positive 3.5%, while total comps increased 4.3%.
At the end of the quarter, Home Depot operated a total of 2,245 stores — mostly in the United States, but also in Canada, Mexico and a few in China.