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Orgill joins Home Improvement Research Institute

BY Ken Clark

Memphis, Tenn.-based hardlines distributor Orgill is the latest home improvement player to join the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI). 

HIRI, which ended 2012 with 77 members, is a membership-based, independent, not-for-profit organization of manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers and allied organizations in the home improvement industry. 

Founded in 1847, Orgill describes itself as "the world’s largest independently owned hardlines distributor" and provides retailers across the United States and in more than 60 countries access to more than 60,000 products and retail services.

HIRI is managed by Lebhar-Friedman, the parent company of HCN.

 

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Haier America expands recall of chest freezers

BY Ken Clark

Haier America expanded a recall of chest freezers that the company said can overheat, posing a fire hazard. The recall affects about 41,000 freezers. An additional 67,500 freezers were recalled in November 2010. 

This recall involves the Haier models HNCM070E with 7.0 cubic foot capacity and ESNCM053E with 5.3 cubic foot capacity, and Black & Decker model BFE53 with 5.3 cubic foot capacity white chest freezers. “Haier” is printed on the upper-left corner of the freezer, or “Black & Decker” is printed on the front upper-right corner of the freezer.   

In addition to the 18 incidents reported in the November 2010 recall, which included four reports of fires with minor property damage, Haier America and CPSC have received 27 additional incident reports. This includes three fires that caused substantial property damage. There have been no reports of injuries. 

The products were manufactured in China.

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Shaw Industries’ carpet-to-energy facility earns LEED Silver

BY HBSDealer Staff

Shaw Industries Group has achieved the USGBC’s LEED Silver designation for New Construction for its Reclaim to Energy (Re2E) process building, in Dalton, Ga.

"We take a holistic approach to all that we do, so it’s only fitting that the facilities that manufacture and recycle our products are also designed for minimal environmental impact," said, Paul Murray, VP sustainability and environmental affairs, Shaw Industries. 

In 2012, Shaw’s 35,397-sq.-ft. Re2E facility began to convert carpet to steam energy — a steady, cost-stable alternative power supply for two adjacent carpet manufacturing facilities. Re2E is projected to convert 84 million lbs. of carpet each year into 50,000 lbs. of steam energy per hour. It will save enough fossil fuel to power the equivalent of about 7,500 homes annually — eventually co-generating enough electrical energy to help sustain its own operations.

"Our engineering and facilities staff worked diligently to identify opportunities to decrease our environmental impact as well as reduce operating costs at this facility," Murray added. "Earning LEED points for an industrial facility in a non-metropolitan area requires more thought and planning than for an office building in a more urban area because such facilities can’t readily take advantage of site-based points such as development density or transportation connectivity."

Features contributing to the Re2E’s LEED Silver certification include:

  • Optimized energy performance, obtaining more than 20% cost savings compared with buildings that only comply with Georgia’s strong energy code — reducing environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use;
  • Water efficient landscaping, achieving a 50% reduction in the use of potable water, or other natural surface or subsurface water resources available on or near the project site, for landscape irrigation;
  • Incorporating products that in aggregate achieved more than 28% recycled content for the building; and
  • Using low-emitting materials, including Shaw Contract Group’s Site Lines Carpet Tile, which boasts 44% recycled content, is Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified and 100% recyclable.

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