IKEA store construction goes green
An IKEA store under construction in Centennial, Colo., incorporated solar and geothermal energy in its construction plans, the company said.
Pending governmental permits, installation of solar panels on the store’s roof will begin next month, with completion by grand opening, scheduled for fall of this year.
The solar energy system for the 415,000-sq.-ft. location will be designed and built by REC Solar, one of the largest U.S. solar electric providers.
The 60,000-sq.-ft. solar array will consist of a 498-kW system, built with 2,212 panels, and will produce approximately 740,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store.
The company said the power produced from the system is equivalent to reducing 586 tons of carbon dioxide and equal to the emissions of 102 cars, or providing electricity for 64 homes yearly.
The furniture and cabinet retailer already has solar energy systems in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Pittsburgh; and Tempe, Ariz., and is installing systems at eight existing locations in California and two stores on the East Coast. Additionally, the Centennial location will be the first U.S. IKEA store to integrate a geothermal component as part of its heating/cooling system.
“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment with solar panels on the future Centennial store,” said Doug Greenholz, IKEA U.S. real estate manager. “Similar to geothermal, solar energy will reduce greatly the new store’s energy costs and carbon footprint, as well as contribute to our vision of creating a better everyday life for many.”
There are currently more than 300 IKEA stores in 38 countries, including 37 in the United States.
Ikea is certainly keeping to
Ikea is certainly keeping to its environmentally friendly image. I guess it really does help them win some publicity and at the same time, it also does good to the environment. If Ikea chooses to display more locally manufactured furniture, that would be best. Alex - cavalok
EcoBlu takes on new fire inhibitor
Vista, Calif.-based EcoBlu Products announced today that the company has signed an agreement with Newstar Holdings for the use of its Hartindo AF21 Fire Inhibitor formulation.
Under the terms of the agreement EcoBlu is granted the rights to blend and purchase AF21 Fire Inhibitor concentrates for inclusion in the company’s WoodSurfaceFilm treatment. The agreement will hold an initial term of five years and allow the company to distribute the product worldwide.
According to the company, the combination of AF21 and EcoBlu technology creates a low-cost wood treatment to provide protection against fire, mold, wood rot and termites. The product can be applied on all framing materials of residential and commercial structures.
AF21 Fire Inhibitor is a nontoxic, non-corrosive, biodegradable and environmentally friendly product. The product would render most wood substrates noncombustible, meeting ASTM E84 class "A" specifications. The company said it will pursue industry certifications to include ICC-ES and Underwriters Laboratory as well.
"In my efforts to create a value-added fire treatment market that all homeowners can afford, our agreement with Newstar Holdings allows me to position the company meeting my vision," said Steve Conboy, president and CEO of EcoBlu. "The excitement of being the first company to provide low-cost wood treatments to protect against not only mold, rot and termite issues but fire protection will set us far apart from other similar products."
In Colorado, Energy Resource Center helps homeowners
According to an article in the Vail Daily, an "Energy Resource Center" opened in Edwards, Colo., offering support for homeowners.
Homeowners and their associations can use the center to explore opportunities in energy saving projects and tax incentives. The center also offers free energy assessments and cost estimates for home projects.
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