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Rolling Stones keyboardist weighs in on LEED

BY Brae Canlen

Almost everyone seems to have an opinion on which wood certifications should be accepted by the U.S. Green Building Council under its LEED rating system. One voice that recently emerged from the vox populi was Chuck Leavell, keyboardist for The Rolling Stones, who published a piece in Mother Nature Network praising Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal for expanding green building credits to include several wood certification systems.

“It’s time that SFI- and ATFS-certified lands get the recognition they deserve,” wrote Leavell, who owns and manages an ATFS-certified tree plantation near Macon, Ga. After making many of the familiar arguments against the current LEED standard, which recognizes only FSC-certified wood, Leavell urged the U.S. Green Building Council to be more inclusive during its current review of its LEED standards.

“Although LEED is making improvements that would allow more consideration and recognition of the environmental benefits of wood, much more needs to happen before the rest of these forest certification standards are fully integrated into LEED’s standards,” Leavell wrote.

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Orkin partners with insulation maker

BY Brae Canlen

GreenFiber, a cellulose insulation maker, has partnered with Orkin, the pest control company, to offer OrkinTherm, a product that offers both energy savings and insect protection. Home Depot will pilot the product at retail in select Texas stores beginning in September.

OrkinTherm is made from 85% recycled paper fibers and is then treated with a long-lasting pest control formula that helps protect against cockroaches, termites, ants and other species of intrusive pests. The product is certified by Energy Star and Scientific Certification Systems as energy efficient and EPA-registered for use around people, pets and the environment. While it’s recommended for use in attics, a common entry point in homes for pests, OrkinTherm also can be used in walls, the manufacturer said.

"Pests are always a problem, and if not properly treated, they can wreak havoc on the inside and outside of Texas homes," said Bruce Harned, director of marketing at GreenFiber. "Now, homeowners can purchase and install a solution to proactively protect homes against pests before problems arise.”

Homeowners looking to install OrkinTherm can visit the insulation aisle at select Home Depot stores across Texas and take advantage of free machine rentals with a minimum bag purchase. Installation assistance is also  available, as well as how-to instructions and videos on OrkinTherm’s website at orkintherm.com.

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At Behr, a paint and primer goes pro

BY Ken Clark

Santa Ana, Calif.-based Behr Process Corp. announced that its latest paint-and-primer-in-one product is now available through its professional products and services program called BehrPro. 

The Behr Premium Plus Ultra Interior Stain-Blocking Paint & Primer in One is, according to the manufacturer, offering enhanced stain-blocking attributes to meet the demanding needs of professional painters, contractors and remodelers.

"BehrPro strives to help professionals build better businesses, and our new Interior Stain-Blocking Paint & Primer in One provides a one-solution formula for professionals seeking an efficient, long-lasting product," said Colin Jaffe, senior VP operations for professional products and services at Behr Process Corp. "Using our improved Premium Plus Ultra, professionals will be able to finish projects — ranging from large multi-family housing paint work to handling small residential touch-ups — in fewer coats while still providing outstanding protection that lasts longer and satisfies clients’ expectations."   

The newest interior paint line also results in a reduced dry time. Additionally, the 100% acrylic and low-VOC formula incorporates an antimicrobial-mildew resistant finish, and provides scuff, stain and mark resistance.

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