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USGBC announces 10,000th LEED-certified building

BY HBSDealer Staff

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced a major milestone: The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has certified the 10,000th LEED commercial project.

“Business leaders around the globe are using LEED to design, build, maintain and operate their buildings,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “Ten thousand commercial certified buildings stand as a powerful example that a strong triple bottom line translates to real, tangible success.” 

The Live Oak Family Resource Center in Santa Cruz, Calif., which was awarded LEED Platinum by GBCI, earned the 10,000th distinction. The community center is a place for families to come for guidance, information and referrals on childbirth and parenting, health education and services, youth and senior programs, food distribution and other community needs. 

LEED fully launched in 2000 with the first rating system for new construction and major renovation projects, according to the USGBC. Since its creation, LEED has certified more than 1.4 million sq. ft. of new and existing buildings every day. 

“We’ve just scratched the surface of whats possible in the green building field,” Fedrizzi added. “In 10 short years, weve fundamentally changed how we construct and operate buildings and communities, and during that time LEED has continued to evolve, pushing sustainable building practice forward with each evolution. But theres much more to do.”

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A.Burma says:
Mar-12-2012 12:17 pm

It would be a lot better when
It would be a lot better when we would all be able to switch to green building and most importantly green concept of living. Before we could achieve that we need to make sure that we are doing our bit to keep the environment safe and sound. To keep our environment clean we could go for junk removal services like Pentiction junk removal.

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Weyerhaeuser drops iLevel name

BY Brae Canlen

Weyerhaeuser has announced its decision to transition all of its wood products back to the Weyerhaeuser name. Going forward, the “iLevel by Weyerhaeuser” business will simply be known as Weyerhaeuser.

Weyerhaeuser is making the name change to “simplify customer contacts and leverage the widespread recognition of the Weyerhaeuser identity,” the announcement said. “Our customers and vendors know us best as ‘Weyerhaeuser,’ so we are returning to what is most familiar to them,” said Larry Burrows, Weyerhaeuser’s SVP wood products. 

Customers will still have access to the same sales representatives and building materials, including the full range of engineering wood products, the company said.  

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M.Peterson says:
Sep-03-2011 02:11 pm

It's about time! This had to
It's about time! This had to be yet another example of top management out of touch with the business and their customers. My guess is that a high-paid consultant was retained to come up with "a new direction." Dropping the Weyerhaeuser name made no sense. It's like Coke changing its formula. Where do the so-called "leaders" of so many builder material companies come from?? The level of mis-management is shameful.

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Chinese Drywall Complaint Center expands investigations

BY Ken Clark

The Chinese Drywall Complaint Center, a self-described consumer interest group, said it intends to expand its investigations involving toxic or defective imported Chinese-made building products. 

In a statement released yesterday, the group claimed the problem of defective drywall deserves more attention from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and President Obama. Also, the group raised concern over imported Chinese leather furniture.

"As a byproduct of their investigations involving toxic Chinese drywall, the group has determined there may be hundreds or thousands of other imported building products from China that are either toxic, defective or both," the group said.

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