IKEA completes 38th U.S. solar project
IKEA has officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its store in Stoughton, Mass. The 118,000-sq.-ft. array consists of a 590.8-kW (DC) system, built with 4,220 laminated panels. It will produce approximately 695,000 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 479 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 94 cars or powering 60 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents).
The installation represents the 38th completed solar project for IKEA in the United States, with one more location under way, giving the chain an eventual solar presence in nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, with a total generation of 38 MW. Ikea contracted REC Solar for the development, design and installation of the Stoughton store’s customized solar power system.
The retailer owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings — as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) — and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015.
IKEA’s solar project reinforces its long-term commitment to sustainability and confidence in photovoltaic (PV) technology. Consistent with the company’s goal of being energy independent by 2020, the company has installed more than 250,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns/operates approximately 110 wind turbines in Europe.
Vendors honored with Golden Hammers
Las Vegas — The 2013 Golden Hammer Awards ceremony recognized home improvement suppliers in 31 categories during a Wednesday morning ceremony at the National Hardware Show here.
The awards were based on an electronic survey of retailers and distributors conducted earlier this year. Retailers and distributors were asked to select one vendor per category that exemplifies excellence through their commitment to category management, inventory management, new product innovation and quality control.
The following companies won Golden Hammers in the Hardware Tools & Supplies categories:
- Cleaning Supplies – 3M
- Electrical Supplies – Leviton
- Fasteners – The Hillman Group
- Floor Care – Shop Vac
- Hand Tools – Irwin
- Gloves & Apparel – Carhartt
- Home Security and Safety – First Alert
- Paint Supplies and Tools – Wooster
- Plumbing Supplies and Equipment – Fluidmaster
- Power Tools – DeWalt
The following vendors received Golden Hammer awards in the home decor categories:
- Decorative Hardware & Locksets – Kwikset
- Decorative Lighting & Fixtures – Hunter Fan
- Plumbing Fashion and Fixtures – Moen
- Home Organization – Closetmaid
- Major Appliances – Whirlpool
- Paint: Wall Treatments and Stains – Valspar
- Small Appliances – KitchenAid
The following companies received awards in the LBM categories:
- Bathroom Vanities – Kohler
- Building Materials – Boise Cascade
- Insulation & Housewrap – Owens Corning
- Caulking & Sealants – Dap
- Doors – ThermaTru
- Lumber & Plywood – Georgia Pacific
- Windows – Anderson
The following companies earned Golden Hammers in the outdoor living categories:
- Barbecue – Weber Stephens
- Decorative Landscaping – Oldcastle
- Garden Accessories – Design House
- Lawn & Garden Organics/Chemicals – Scotts
- Lawn & Garden Tools & Irrigation – Ames True Temper
- Outdoor Power Equipment – Husqvarna
- Pools Supplies – ARCH (HTH)
“It’s important to stress that these winners are selected by their retail customers — the toughest judges available,” said Nigel Maynard, editor in chief of Residential Building Products & Technology — a sister publication of HCN — who unveiled the Golden Hammer winners during the ceremony. “And that’s why we can safely call our Golden Hammer winners the best of the best for 2013.”
Trex wins green award
Trex Co. has received the 2013 Green Award from Washingtonian magazine. The annual awards recognize citizens, companies and organizations in the D.C. metro area that are working to improve the environment and encourage eco-friendly living.
The entire high-performance Trex decking portfolio — including Trex Transcend, Trex Enhance and Trex Select — is manufactured from more than 95% recycled content, including reclaimed wood and sawdust, as well as plastic from many common household items, such as case overwraps, sandwich/bread bags, newspaper sleeves, dry cleaning bags and grocery/retail bags.
Trex also salvages and keeps more than 400 million pounds of plastic and wood scrap out of landfills each year. The company’s manufacturing process uses proprietary method that recycles factory refuse back into the manufacturing line.
"It’s always rewarding to be recognized for our efforts to help preserve the environment and set the standard for eco-friendly outdoor living products, but this honor is especially meaningful because our dedication to sustainability truly begins at the local level," said Ronald Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex. "Trex supports community-based recycling initiatives and education, and we’re proud to stand side-by-side with other environmental advocates making an impact in our own backyard."
Trex regularly seeks third-party audits to ensure that it is continually improving green practices while meeting all environmental, health and safety guidelines and industry regulations. The company is the first in the wood-alternative decking industry to receive an International Code Council Evaluation Service® (ICC-ES)* SAVE Verification for Recycled Content.