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Improving the environment by reducing noise

BY Ken Clark

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics is promoting its Green Glue Noiseproofing System as a tool to prevent noise issues throughout the building cycle.

The company said the ability to specify the LEED-certified Green Glue Noiseproofing System at the start can prevent noise issues later in the project.

“As the number of new residential developments and renovations grows, design-build teams are increasingly being called upon to use their collaborative approach to eliminate potential problems,” said Steve Jette, marketing manager, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. “These teams are able to specify Green Glue technologies early on as a complete system to decrease noise transmission, protecting the sanctity of residences by keeping noise out. And that’s a tangible benefit that homeowners can appreciate.” 

Green Glue’s Noiseproofing System consists of four components: Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound, Sealant, Joist Tape and Clips. When these technologies are incorporated systematically into a structure, they substantially reduce noise transmission between rooms, improving quality of life along with quality of the construction.

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At Baltimore IKEA, solar power turns on

BY Ken Clark

Home furnishings retailer IKEA said it plugged in its solar energy system at its store in Baltimore.

The 77,300-sq.-ft. PV array consists of a 618.2-kW system, built with 2,576 panels.  IKEA Baltimore’s program will produce approximately 823,500 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 626 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 111 cars or powering 71 homes yearly, according to the company.

IKEA 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 this Baltimore installation represents the 13th completed solar energy project for IKEA in the United States, with 20 more locations under way. The solar concept is up and running at 75% of its U.S. locations.

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AHMA survey delves into supercommittee’s failure

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A survey of members of the American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) showed skepticism that progress can be made to reduce the budget before elections.

The survey also showed that members feel both parties are to blame for the failure of the so-called supercommittee to draft a compromise to cut costs.

The results of the survey were released as part of the AHMA’s Home Improvement Industry Confidence Index, which improved in November.

The first of two survey questions was: “The congressional committee charged with finding $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions announced on Nov. 21 that it has failed to reach an agreement. Some analysts now say that nothing will be accomplished until after next year’s elections. Do you think progress can still be made on reducing the deficit before the elections?” The survey showed 31% responded “Yes,” 15% responded “Not Sure,” and 54% responded “No.”

The second question was: “Who is most to blame for the deficit supercommittee’s failure?” The response was 27% Democrats and 73% both Republicans and Democrats.

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