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At PCBC, looking ahead to sustainability

BY Brae Canlen

San Francisco — Builders, architects and their suppliers gathered here June 22 for the PCBC conference, a three-day event whose theme this year — "Forget the Rear View Mirror" — reflected the ongoing changes that continue to reshape the building industry. Green building, for example, has evolved into "sealing the building envelope," and many vendors showed products that promise to create airtight, energy-efficient building.

Hayward Lumber, a chain of lumberyards along the California coast, sponsored a booth this year where it offered three products to sustainable-minded builders. One was a flooring system built at its Santa Maria component plant; another was Zehnder Comfosystems, a state-of-the-art, Swiss-designed ventilation system; and lastly UniLux Windows, made in Germany and more energy efficient than anything manufacturered in in the United States, according to president and CEO Bill Hayward.

Jacob Atalla, director of sustainability initiatives at KB Home, was interviewed by Home Channel News in the Boral booth, where he spoke about the "smog-eating tile" his company has successfully tested on a model home in Lancaster, Calif. The surface of the roofing tile naturally reacts with nitrogen oxides (a component of smog) and converts them into a harmless substance. The smog tiles also act as solar reflectors.

KB Home has been installing the tiles in several projects, and is also working on rolling out a "net zero" energy home in several states, also based on a success test model, Atalla said.

The conference continues today with a keynote address by Gov. Edmund G. Brown.

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Weyerhaeuser sells hardwoods and industrial unit

BY HBSDealer Staff

Weyerhaeuser is selling its hardwoods and industrial products business unit to American Industrial Partners (AIP).

AIP announced the "definitive agreement" Wednesday and said the deal should close in August.  The new business will operate as Northwest Hardwoods Inc., headquartered in Tacoma, Wash., with operations in the United States, Canada, China, Japan and Hong Kong.

David Weyerhaeuser, VP sales and marketing of Northwest Hardwoods, said: "As a stand-alone company, we expect to offer our customers flexibility, fast market response times, continuity of supply and an entrepreneurial ‘can do’ attitude."

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"AIP is acquiring a business with experienced employees, outstanding quality products, highly automated and efficient sawmills, and an attractive worldwide customer base that relies on Northwest Hardwoods for essential products and services," said AIP’s Rick Hoffman.

Also on Wednesday, Federal Way, Wash.-based Weyerhaeuser Co. announced the launch of Weyerhaeuser Solutions Inc., a subsidiary offering a range of consulting and management services designed to help clients develop, manage and commercialize forest assets.

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PCBC kicks off in San Francisco

BY HBSDealer Staff

San Francisco — Builder education and Gold Nugget Awards are among the highlights of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC).

The event runs June 22 to 24 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

General session keynoters on the agenda are business guru Guy Kawasaki, author of "Selling the Dream;" Chip Heath, professor of organizational behavior at Stanford University; and Joseph Coughlin, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab.

The Gold Nugget Awards, honoring creative achievements in architectural design and land-use planning for residential, commercial and industrial projects, will be celebrated Thursday at noon. 

On the eve of the show, the California Homebuilding Foundation celebrated its 27th Anniversary of the Hall of Fame Awards Tuesday night. The 2011 honorees include Charles Davidson of Charles Davidson Co. and John Young of Young Homes. 

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