NLBMDA’s Stine takes job with Stine Lumber
Jeremy Stine, the current manager of government and public affairs for the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA), is leaving the association to take a marketing position at Stine Lumber.
Sulphur, La.-based Stine Lumber operates 13 locations in Louisiana, and is owned and operated by the Stine family.
At the NLBMDA, Jeremy Stine helped promote legislation to benefit lumberyard and building material dealers. He also wrote the "D.C. Hotline" column for Home Channel News. His new position with his family company begins May 3.
"Jeremy has brought a lot to the association over the past couple years, including increasing our presence on Capitol Hill, managing our grassroots alerts, the NLBMDA website, the NLBMDA e-updates, green updates and press releases," said Michael O’Brien, NLBMDA president and CEO. "He’s also had to attend one too many deadly congressional fundraisers. He has played key roles on such issues as the EPA Lead Rule, 1099, and Homestar, among others. He will be missed, but I’m sure he will have a bright future in the industry and politics."
Owens Corning HQ earns Gold LEED-EB status
Owens Corning’s Toledo, Ohio, global headquarters has earned gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Existing Building (EB) program — it is the third existing building in Ohio to receive the designation.
The building first earned silver certification under the LEED-EB program in 2007 and has an Energy Star rating, which ranks it among the top 25% of energy-efficient buildings in the United States.
"The gold-certified LEED-EB status of our global headquarters building in Ohio is an iconic representation of Owens Corning’s deep commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency," said chief sustainability officer Frank O’Brien-Bernini. "It’s also an example of the operating cost advantages that are achievable through sustainable building practices."
The company’s headquarters, built in 1996, was designed by architect Cesar Pelli, who included such environmentally friendly features as under-floor ventilation for energy-efficient air delivery, optimal use of daylight, the reuse of office partitions and recycling of carpet. In addition, 55% of the site was restored to a natural environment with low-maintenance native vegetation.
"Building operations are nearly 40% of the solution to the global climate change challenge," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like Owens Corning are addressing it through local solutions."
Osmose grants patent licenses to Arch
A patent dispute between two suppliers of wood-preserving technologies has led to a licensing agreement.
Griffin, Ga.-based Osmose has agreed to grant a worldwide license to Arch Treatment Technologies to practice under certain patents owned by Osmose. The patents cover the use of micronized wood preservatives, including the patent that was the subject of a previous dispute between the two companies.
Terms of the licensing agreement were not disclosed.
Arch Treatment Technologies is a subsidiary of Arch Chemicals.
Micronized wood preservatives are utilized to pressure-treat wood products commonly used in decks, fences, landscaping, agricultural, house framing and other general construction uses.
Both companies will continue to supply their portfolios of preservative products to consumers, contractors and builders, according to a release announcing the licensing agreement.