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ATLANTA—When the first edition of the “ASHRAE GreenGuide” was first published 10 years ago, guidance on how to practice green building design was not so readily available. “Since 2004, the industry has witnessed the continued evolution of green building programs—from strictly voluntary to being both more in the industry mainstream as well as being mandatory in jurisdictions that adopted these for their building codes,” said Tom Lawrence, a member of ASHRAE’s technical committee (TC 2.8).
NEW YORK—The Coca-Cola Company announced that it has installed its 1 millionth hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-free cooler using natural refrigerant in the marketplace, preventing the emission of 5.25 million metric tons of CO2 over 10 years. This milestone marks significant progress in the company’s effort to phase out the use of HFC refrigerant—a well-known contributor to climate change—in Coca-Cola dispensers, vending machines and coolers globally.
ROSWELL, GA.—For the millions of Americans who work in commercial and institutional buildings, winter is the harshest season. Not so much for the ice and snow outside, but for the storm brewing inside. That’s because 30 percent of commercial buildings in the United States have poor indoor air quality (IAQ), a condition linked to respiratory illnesses, allergies and asthma, and Sick Building Syndrome.
WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—MaxLite, a leading manufacturer and marketer of the MaxLED line of energy-efficient luminaires and lamps, has expanded its line of LED PAR30 and PAR38 lamps with the addition of new styles, beam angles and color temperatures. The LED PAR lamps are ideal for retrofitting recessed and other lighting fixtures used in architectural, residential, retail, office, hospitality and commercial applications.
AURORA, OHIO—TCP International Holdings LTD, the parent company of Ohio-based Technical Consumer Products, Inc. (TCP), announced that it entered into a patent license agreement with Philips. This agreement provides TCP with access to Philips’ LED-related patents for certain LED luminaire and bulb technologies. As part of this agreement, the two companies have agreed to settle and dismiss the patent infringement lawsuit that was pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y.—The Berkeley Lab (LBNL) has produced a monitored evaluation study on The New York Times Building. The study shows that the innovations that lowered energy use by 24 percent are attainable, as MechoSystems has been promoting for several years.
LAS VEGAS—Las Vegas Sands Corp. recently held its first-ever Sands Supplier Excellence Awards, recognizing the outstanding services of its suppliers and vendors around the world. During several Sands Supplier Appreciation Dinners in Macao, Singapore, Las Vegas, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the company acknowledged its indebtedness to the local communities in which it does business.
WOODRIDGE, ILL.—Danze, Inc. and Gerber Plumbing Fixtures has announced the promotion of Jeff Pratt to Senior Vice President of Sales. Pratt joined the Globe Union family in 1999, helped launch the Danze brand in 2001 and assumed a leadership role on Gerber when that product line was acquired in 2003. He continues to oversee the overall sales strategy and sales management structure for both Danze and Gerber.
ALPHARETTA, GA.—The Refinishing Touch has released a three-year snapshot of furniture asset management and refinishing trends from 2011 to 2013 as it prepares for growth in 2014. “Our proximity to brands and institutions through many completed refinishing, upholstery and remanufacturing projects and a broad client base gives us the opportunity to analyze furniture asset management trends and to ensure we maintain a strong vision as we head into 2014 and our 37th year in business,” said Mario Insenga, founder and president of The Refinishing Touch.
ANN ARBOR, MICH.—The Natural Stone Council (NSC), an organization that promotes the use of natural stone in commercial, residential, government, institutional and educational applications, and NSF International, an independent global organization that writes public health and environmental standards for the food, water, commercial and consumer goods industries, have developed the first sustainability assessment standard for stone—NSC 373 Sustainability Assessment for Natural Dimension Stone.
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