Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Today is the last day to register for v2 of LEED

Post by Sheri Gorman, LEED AP, RD Weis Companies Member, Starnet Environmental Issues Committee

The USGBC says,

LEED v3 to Launch April 27

The next version of LEED, known as LEED v3, will launch on April 27, 2009. The new version of LEED recognizes new technologies and advancements in building science and prioritizes energy efficiency and CO2 emissions reductions.

The three main components of LEED v3 are: LEED 2009, the new version of the technical rating system; a more user-friendly, reliable and faster LEED Online; and an expanded building certification infrastructure based on ISO standards, administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

USGBC is committed to supporting the transition to LEED v3 and is here to help every step of the way with expanded customer service hours, tutorials and new help features incorporated into LEED Online, and extensive webinars and other educational offerings. Visit www.usgbc.org/LEEDv3 for the latest information and support tools.

Click here to read all about it.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

You’re invited to the RDW Companies March 31 Spring Celebration and Networking Event

Please join RD Weis Companies and friends as we LEED the way into spring on Tuesday, March 31. We'll have delectable hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine, and we'll celebrate our new LEED AP recipients.

This event will be held at our Manhattan office: 260 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500, New York, NY 10001, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Please RSVP Sheri Gorman, sgorman at rdweis.com or 212–376–5355 X 202. We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Building Greener Facilities

Post by Sheri Gorman, LEED AP, RD Weis Companies Member, Starnet Environmental Issues Committee

The March 2009 issue of Interior Sources has an excellent, useful article, written by Sandra Goda Dino, up about the ROI of green design. Highly recommended!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Van Jones: The Green Collar Economy

Van Jones, president and founder of Green For All, a national NGO that advocates for building an inclusive green economy, has been tapped to serve as the Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. His duties will include helping craft job-generating climate policy and ensuring equal opportunity in the administration's energy proposals. Mr. Jones is also the author of The Green Collar Economy.

Here is newly appointed Green Jobs Czar Van Jones' explaining the Green Collar Economy.

Starnet Green Report

Post by Sheri Gorman, LEED AP, RD Weis Companies Member, Starnet Environmental Issues Committee

The Starnet Online Reclamation Tracker reports that since 2006, Starnet member companies have reclaimed:

3,280,198 sq. yds. (29,521,782 sq. ft.) of used carpet

Weighing over:

19,436,618 lbs.

This has avoided:

72,893 cu. yds. of Landfill

Saving over:

147,608,910,000 BTUs

That could supply with energy:

821 US Homes for 1 year

Global Warming Potential Averted:

Over 103,208,150 lbs. CO2 equivalent

Saving over:

45,020,717 Gallons of H2O

Great news from a great organization!

Monday, March 9, 2009

NSF 140 Guidance Manual Published

Dalton, GA. March 9, 2009 - A guidebook to help manufacturers through the complicated certification process for the NSF/ANSI 140- 2007 Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard has been released for widespread use. Published by NSF International, the private, not-for-profit, standards development and product certification organization, the guidebook is designed to make it easier to use NSF 140 and to establish consistency in the data collection and documentation required for certification.

According to NSF International, the guidance manual complements the Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard by providing "useful test methods, processes, and other tools in order to report comprehensive, accurate and meaningful information about the environmental performance and social contribution of products and performance throughout the supply chain."

The NSF/ANSI 140-2007 standard applies to all broadloom and tile carpet floor coverings, and is intended to be used to evaluate carpet in commercial and institutional applications. Carpets certified under NSF 140 contribute towards building project totals under the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System in several categories, including innovation.

Initiated by the Carpet and Rug Institute, the standard was developed by the NSF Joint Committee for Sustainable Carpet, a multidisciplinary consortium of stakeholders from business, academia, environmental interests and government regulators. The guidebook helps carpet manufacturers measure their conformance in the areas of environmental and social responsibility, quality control and record keeping, public health and the environment, energy use, manufacturing processes, reclamation and end of life management, and innovation. An appendix document offers a Target Achievement Level Scorecard so manufacturers can evaluate whether they are on target for gold, silver, or bronze-level certification.

"We envisioned the Guidance Manual as a resource for manufacturers seeking to enter the certification arena. The final draft of the document is extremely well done, and I think will prove to be even more valuable than we originally expected," said Carpet and Rug Institute Vice- president and COO Frank Hurd.

The 71-page NSF 140 Guidance Manual was prepared by the Guidance Manual Task Group of the NSF Joint Committee for Sustainable Carpet.

Access the complete guidebook document here.

About NSF International

NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods. Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide.

About The Carpet and Rug Institute

The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) is the source for science-based information and insight into how carpet and rugs can create a better environment for living, working, learning and healing.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Our February Networking Event is on YouTube

RD Weis Companies friends and colleagues met, mingled, and enjoyed cocktails and hors doeuvres at at an exhibition of the RD Weis Companies art collection. The artwork was shown at our Manhattan office.