Building a Barrier: Keeping Air Out and Energy In

Energy efficiency: It is an often-used term and a concept that is quickly becoming a priority for businesses, consumers and governments worldwide. Recently, United States President Barack Obama declared October National Energy Awareness Month, stating, “If we are to advance energy and climate security, we must focus on energy efficiency, promote sustainable industries…and set effective and achievable standards for the generation and use of clean energy.” As energy efficiency continues to increase as a matter of importance, groups and individuals alike are examining ways in which they can make changes and “set effective and achievable standards”. For many, this change starts with the home.

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Green Goods: Green Gets Gritty

Energy Star and LEED initiatives are putting the onus on builders to put up buildings properly. The initiatives by these two premier green certification schemes are pushing the green building movement into a new, more complicated phase–a phase that could bring new opportunities for LBM dealers. You can help!

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6 Myths of Green Consumers

A new national study of green consumers contradicts several long-held stereotypes about them: The environment is not their top concern, their kids are not influencing them to be green, and while many know what they should do to save the planet, they often don’t do it. As a result, marketing messages aimed at this group often fall on deaf ears. Read on for the top 6 myths of Green Consumers.

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Economist To Dealers: Your Recovery Will Take Time

General rebound is under way, but housing’s recovery will trail, Mercer U. prof tells Florida dealers By Craig Webb The U.S. economy is emerging from its worst period since the 1930s, but housing’s recovery will trail other industries and its rebound depends on skirting several potential pitfalls, a Mercer University economics professor told Florida building …

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How to Evaluate Green Products

In this era of greenwashing, legal experts offer guidelines to researching product claims and protecting your business from litigation. By Katy Tomasulo Las Vegas, Jan. 22 – The number of products advertised as “green” has multiplied at a record pace in recent years. But while some are as eco-friendly as they say, others are dripping …

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Lumber Certification Groups Battle for Recognition

What do lingerie and groceries have to do with certified lumber? Take a look at the back of the latest Victoria’s Secret catalog or on the bottom of a paper bag from Safeway or Lucky’s, and you’ll see brand logos from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), respectively. By Chris …

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Green Building Product Sales to Surpass $80 Billion in 2013

Report from The Freedonia Group projects rapid growth in demand for FSC-certified wood panels and other green building categories. By Katy Tomasulo A report released by research firm The Freedonia Group estimates the U.S. market for green building materials will exceed $80 billion by 2013, with a predicted 7.2% annual increase from $57 billion in …

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