Panasonic renames eco division
Panasonic Corp. of North America has renamed its Home and Environment as the Eco Products Division, which will house its ventilation fan business. This product line includes 18 products of high-performance, Energy Star-rated, whole-home ventilation solutions that improve indoor air quality and comply with the latest building standards and codes.
“At Panasonic, we strive to go beyond providing superior eco products to our customers by offering them comprehensive solutions,” said Dan Silver, VP Panasonic Eco products division. “The integration of our ventilation fan business with other units, such as solar panels, lighting controls and power tools, helps us meet this goal and provides the building industry with integrated solutions for any project.”
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AHMA survey treads in political waters
The American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) Industry Confidence Index included questions about running mates and political agendas.
The April Confidence Index survey asked two supplemental questions of AHMA members:
“Assuming Mitt Romney becomes the Republican candidate for president, which of the following would you most like to see selected as his vice presidential running mate?”
More than half — 52% — responded “Marco Rubio.” Forty percent responded, “Chris Christie,” and 8% responded, “Paul Ryan.”
The AHMA also asked: “Do you think the National Labor Relations Board under the Obama administration has been pushing a pro-union agenda?”
The answer was a resounding yes. Eighty-five percent responded, “Yes.” Rounding out the answers, 8% responded, “Not Sure,” and 8% responded, “No.”
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Building a definition of green, the story continues
There’s a lot riding on how the United States government defines green building. A review process has groups jockeying for position, according to an article in Federal Times.
Among the building material groups pressing for revisions to the LEED-centric status quo are the PVC pipe manufacturers and the lumber industry.
LEED is the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. According to the article, the domestic lumber industry rankles at the LEED rules that give sustainable-harvested lumber only two points, while locally sourced materials, energy use, indoor air quality and other categories award up to 100 points.