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AkzoNobel Named Sustainability Leader

Paint, coatings and specialty chemical giant AkzoNobel has notched a threepeat as the world’s leading materials company in the influential Dow Jones Sustainability Index.


AkzoNobel Takes Sustainability Crown

Despite its recent setbacks, the world’s largest paint and coatings maker is also one of the world’s most sustainably driven companies, according to a widely respected new global ranking.


Mine Muck Sustains Painter’s Palette

The toxic sludge polluting streams from abandoned coal mines is going green—and yellow and red and orange.


ACA Honors Top Coating Research of 2013

The latest progress on accelerated testing, renewable materials, and organic coatings took top honors this year at the American Coatings Association's 2013 CoatingsTech Conference.


ASTM Targets Green Product Claims

Amid a rising backlash against "greenwashing" claims, ASTM International has unveiled a new program that seeks to clarify the full cradle-to-grave environmental impact of a product.


AkzoNobel Tops in Sustainability Again

After five years, the world’s largest paint and coating company has reclaimed its bragging rights as the sustainability leader among the world’s chemical companies.


New Rating System Aims For Greener Infrastructure

Reduce, reuse and recycle is not just do-good advice for consumers. Now, the principles carry billion-dollar performance and financial implications for pipelines and sewage pla...


Potty Pavement Flushed with Success

New sidewalks laden with hundreds of crushed toilets—yes, toilets—have earned the world’s very first Greenroads certification in Bellingham, WA.


Akzo Powder Coatings Get SMaRT

AkzoNobel has become the first coatings company to achieve so-called SMaRT certification for the life-cycle sustainability of one of its coating lines.


New Institute to Develop Infrastructure Sustainability Ratings

A new, independent, non-profit organization has begun developing the first-ever sustainability rating system for North American infrastructure.


Error Costs AkzoNobel Top Sustainability Rank

A software error has dethroned AkzoNobel from its No. 1 ranking on the 2010 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and restored Royal DSM N.V. to the top of the chemicals industry super-sector...


EPA Sets Greener Policy for Wastewater Industry

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is calling on the water and wastewater industries to pursue and adopt more sustainable approaches to building, maintaining and operating sewer lines,...


AkzoNobel Ranked No. 1 in Sustainability

AkzoNobel has been named the 2010-11 “Supersector leader” for the chemicals industry in Dow Jones’ Sustainability World Index, the largest global analysis of corporate sustainability leaders...


DOE Plans Cool Roofs Across U.S. Facilities

Cool-roof technologies will be broadly implemented at the Department of Energy and other federal buildings and facilities, under a series of initiatives announced by DOE Secretary Steven Chu...


PPG’s West Earns LEED Associate Accreditation

Victor West, architectural manager, PPG Pittsburgh Paints, has earned the LEED-Green Associate accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the credentialing affilia...


Registration Commences for Greenbuild 2010

Registration is under way for the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2010 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, scheduled for Nov. 16-19 at McCormick Place in Chicago.


New LEED AP Credential Launched

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) announced the launch of a new LEED® Professional Credential™: LEED AP for Neighborhood Development.


Tremco to Turn HQ into Sustainability ‘Showcase’

Tremco Inc., a part of RPM International Inc.’s RPM Building Solutions Group, said a $5 million renovation program for its headquarters building in Beachwood, Ohio, will “transform the build...


Finishes Contribute to GREENGUARD Certification for Cabinetry

The use of water-borne coatings and stains figured in GREENGUARD Environmental Institute indoor air-quality certification of kitchen and bath cabinetry manufactured by Executive Cabinetry LL...


CSI Honors ‘Green’ Authority Paul Bertram Jr.

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) awarded its Distinguished Service Award to Paul Bertram Jr., director, environment and sustainability at Kingspan Insulated Panels, during the...


Contractor Makes Mark with ‘Footprint’ Analyisis

Turman Commercial Painters says it has something in common with business behemoths Wal-Mart, Intel, and Citibank: all are going where relatively few companies have gone before with pioneerin...


ITW Inc. Launches LEED Sourcing Program

ITW Inc.’s Performance Polymers & Fluids Group announced the launch of a coordinated “Building Green” program that the company says streamlines the process of sourcing products that can be u...


'Eco Office' Features Stucco/Coating Exterior

Sto Corp. reports that its StoPowerall™ stucco system was selected as the exterior cladding for the Southface Energy Institute's Eco Office in Atlanta, a LEED Platinum-designated project.


LEED for Neighborhood Development Launched

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) announced the launch of the LEED for Neighborhood Development green...


NSF and GREENGUARD To Develop Standard Limiting Product Emissions

NSF International, an organization that certifies products and writes standards for consumer goods related to their effects on health and the environment, and the GREENGUARD Environmental In...


Dunn-Edwards Debuts Zero-VOC Paint

Dunn-Edwards Corp. announced the launch of Enso, described as a premium, low-odor, zero-VOC paint that generates virtually no odor during or after application.


Garland Company Expands
Roof-Coatings Product Line

The Garland Company Inc. (Cleveland, OH) announced the expansion of its reflective roof coatings product line with the introduction of the Pyramic Base Coat, described as an applicator-frien...


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY:
Low-e Coating Window Film

A patent-pending, low-e coating is the key to the insulating properties of a new film product for windows introduced by a subsidiary of Solutia Inc. (St. Louis, Mo.)


Plasters Reported to Neutralize Odors, Chemicals

Shikoku International announced the availability in the U.S. market of its indoor plaster products, EcoDeVita™ KRT and KRM. The products are reported to reduce cigarette-smoke odors and neut...


Battelle Scientist, Honored by Chemists’ Group, Touts Potential of Polyols Based on Soybean Oil

Herman Benecke, a noted scientist at the research and development organization Battelle, has been chosen to receive the 2010 Industrial Uses of Soybean Oil Award by the American Oil Chemists...


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY:
Bio-Based Polyol for Polyurethanes

Huntsman Corp.’s Performance Products division announced the commercial availability of a new, bio-based polyol for use in polyurethanes.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY:
Color-Shifting Solar-Reflective Coatings

PPG Industries Inc. reported that the Appaloosa Branch Library in Scottsdale, Ariz., is the first building where the company’s color-shifting “cool coatings,” Duranar VARI-Cool coatings, hav...


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY:
Color-Shifting Solar-Reflective Coatings

PPG Industries Inc. reported that the Appaloosa Branch Library in Scottsdale, Ariz., is the first building where the company’s color-shifting “cool coatings,” Duranar VARI-Cool coatings, hav...


Abatron Products Receive GREENGUARD Certification

Abatron Inc. announced that several of its restoration products for wood and concrete have received GREENGUARD certification.


Landmark Green-Building Code Launched

A group of major industry organizations joined to announce the launch of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC), described as a comprehensive model green-building code.


Arkema Launches Bio-Based Acrylics Project

Arkema announced an agreement with a regional government council and two university laboratories to launch a research program to develop bio-based acrylics.


Survey: Green Building Managing to Hold Appeal

An annual survey finds that, despite the recession, green building continues to retain strong support among design and construction professionals.


Polished-Concrete Floor Adds Luster
to School Building’s ‘Green’ Features

A polished concrete floor figures prominently among the many “green” building features of a new addition to Da Vinci Arts Middle School in Portland, Ore.


PPG Offers Course on Cool-Roof Coatings

PPG Industries Inc.’s industrial coatings business announced the availability of an educational program, “Cool Coatings for Metal Roofing.”


‘Beyond Green’ Projects Recognized

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) recently announced the winners of its 2009 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Buildings Awards.


USGBC Issues ‘Top 10’ Green-Building Bills List

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently issued its ‘top 10’ list of legislation the organization says will help advance green building and the economic activity and jobs that would ...


Seminars on Green-Building Standard Offered

ASHRAE announced the availability of updated online seminar programs reviewing the requirements of the recently published, landmark green-building Standard 189.1.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY:
Coating System for Solar Panels

DSM Functional Coatings announced the further optimization of its KhepriCoat™ solar-anti-reflective coating system, described as a coating system for multicrystalline-silicon panels that ach...


Ecosense to Debut in UK

Dulux Ecosense, designed in cooperation with Forum for the Future, is scheduled to roll out in the U.K. in March with half the carbon and water footprint of standard paint, says manufacturer...


Advance in Solar-Cell Coating Technology Reported

New Energy Technologies Inc. recently announced the development of a novel, patent-pending nanotechnology process for “spraying” a solar-cell coating onto glass.


Plans Detailed for RRCI Annual Meeting

The Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI) announced plans for a new raw-material supplier showcase at the group’s upcoming fifth annual meeting; other meeting plans were also announced.


Test Lab Earns Cool-Roof Accreditation

The Fresno laboratory facility of Architectural Testing Inc. has been accredited by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) as an Accredited Independent Testing Laboratory (AITL).


San Diego Museum’s LEED-EB Triumph

Cool-roof coatings and the use of zero- or low-VOC coatings figure in The San Diego Natural History Museum’s certification under the LEED-EB: O&M rating system of the U.S. Green Building Cou...


Landmark Green-Building Standard 189.1 Published

ASHRAE announced publication of Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, a landmark standard that the organization ...


High-Performance Building Companies Honored

BASF joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in honoring five U.S. builders for exceptional achievements in high-performance building at the Second Annual BASF Builders Challenge Awards.


BASF Joins Disaster-Safe Building Effort

BASF is the latest company to partner with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes Inc. (FLASH), a nationwide disaster-preparedness initiative to promote stronger construction.


New Web Page Offers Details on Green Standard 189.1

ASHRAE announced the launch of a webpage that provides detailed information about Proposed Standard 189.1, described as the nation’s first code-intended standard for high-performance green b...


SBIC Names Executive Director

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) announced the appointment of Bud DeFlaviis as the council’s executive director.


USGBC Awards Recognize Local Chapters

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently recognized seven of its nearly 80 local chapters with the council’s Annual Chapter Awards of Excellence.


Book on ‘Green’ Renovations Published

The Urban Land Institute announced the publication of a book on improving the energy-efficiency and “green” performance of office buildings in renovation programs.


Greensburg Continues Rebuilding with Hospital Project

Greensburg, KS, devastated by a powerful tornado in 2007, continues to make strides in its mission to rebuild “bigger, stronger, and greener.” The recovery process includes the construction ...


BASF, Clinton Initiative Collaborate on Cool-Roof Project in Philadelphia

BASF, the diversified global chemical and coatings manufacturer, supplied high-performance spray polyurethane foam (SPF) and reflective roof coatings as part of the restoration of a green-jo...


Registration Under Way for RRCI Meeting

The Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI) announced preliminary program plans and the opening of registration for the organization’s 2010 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.


Dow Coating Materials Wins Annual Euroclip Award at Eurocoat 2009

Dow Coating Materials, a division of The Dow Chemical Company, announced today that it has been awarded the Euroclip Award for best presentation at Eurocoat 2009 Trade Fair and Congress.


PPG White Paper Focuses on Green Building

PPG Industries Inc. announced the publication of a white paper detailing how the company’s paint, glass, and coatings products can contribute to “green” certification of building projects.


Browner to Deliver Greenbuild Keynote Address

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Obama administration environmental adviser Carol M. Browner will deliver the keynote address at the annual Greenbuild International Con...


Deadline Extended for ‘Green’ Awards Entries

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) has extended the deadline to this Friday, Nov. 6, for submission of entries in the council’s 2009 Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awa...


PAINTSQUARE EXCLUSIVE: Much-Anticipated Green-Building Standard Holds Implications for Coatings, Related Materials

Standard 189.1 on green building, nearing completion of the review process, is likely to include provisions resulting in significant impacts on a number of coatings-related technologies.


EPA Recognizes ‘Green Building’ Projects

The U.S. EPA’s “Green Building Challenge” program recently recognized innovative projects.


‘Floating House’ Debuts in New Orleans

Morphosis Architects has completed the first floating house permitted in the United States, built for the Make It Right Foundation in New Orleans.


Review of ‘Green’ Standard Resumes

ASRHAE announced the initiation of a new round of public review for Proposed Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Building...


USGBC Extols 'Greenest' Housing Program

The U.S. Green Building Council is calling the neighborhood being built by Make It Right New Orleans the "largest and greenest community of single-family homes in the world."


Distribution Deal Announced for Insulcoat

The Eco Partnership Ltd. announced an exclusive European distribution agreement with Entech Coatings Inc. for Ceramic Insulcoat with Cerylium™ products.


BASF to Host Education-Building ‘Summit’

BASF on Sept. 16 will host a High Performance Buildings for Education Summit, focusing on the construction and retrofitting of energy-efficient, healthy, safe, and production schools.


BASF Building Earns LEED-EB Designation

BASF Construction Chemicals-Building Systems said its headquarters complex in Minnesota has earned a LEED® EB Silver designation.


PPG Launches Cool-Roof Initiative

PPG Industries Inc. said a newly launched initiative can help metal-roof manufacturers expedite registration of cool-roof colors with the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) and EPA ENERGY STAR ...


YWS Architects Expands LEED AP Roster

YWS Architects, Las Vegas, announced the LEED AP accreditation of three additional architects.


Sustainable Flooring Prescribed for Hospital

Stonhard, a manufacturer of seamless resinous floor, wall, and lining systems, said it is supplying sustainable flooring materials for portions of Kiowa County Memorial Hospital in the torna...


Green Chemistry Awards Announced

The U.S. EPA announced the 2009 winners of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, a group that includes the developers of new, low-odor, high-gloss paint and coatings products.


USGBC Recognized by Building Museum

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its president, Rick Fedrizzi, were recognized with the National Building Museum’s 2009 Honor Award at the museum’s recent annual gala.


Testing for New ‘Green’ Credentials Begins

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has begun testing candidates for the new LEED Green Associate credential or the new LEED Accredited Professional (AP) Operations and Mainten...


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Green-Building Estimating Resource

D4COST Software issued the Green Building Estimating Library on CD, containing cost data from LEED® and sustainable projects.


‘Climate Positive’ Program Launched

The Clinton Climate Initiative announced the launch of the Climate Positive Development Program, a global program developed to support the development of large-scale “climate positive” urban...


Review of Green-Building Standard Begins

ASHRAE announced the launch of a third public-review period of proposed Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.


EPA to Recognize ENERGY STAR Designs

The U.S. EPA said it will unveil on Thursday the latest group of energy-efficient commercial building design projects that have been recognized as “Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.”


USGBC Names Senior VP, LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council has named Scot Horst, chairman of the LEED Steering Committee the past three years, to the newly created position of senior vice president, LEED.


ASTM Recruiting for New Sustainability Panel

ASTM International is seeking members for a new technical standards writing committee: E60 on Sustainability.


Stimulus Bill Priority: Energy Efficiency

ASHRAE reported that special funding measures included in the economic stimulus package signed into law by President Obama reflect provisions of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 and its ...


Work Resumes on Green-Building Standard

The expanded committee charged with writing the nation’s first standard on high-performing green buildings resumed work with a meeting Jan. 27 in Chicago.


GGHC Names Dilwali Senior Director

The Green Guide for Health Care has named Kumkum M. Dilwali senior director.


ASHRAE Plans IAQ Webcast

ASHRAE announced plans for a satellite broadcast, “Clean, Lean, and Green—IAQ for Sustainable Buildings,” scheduled for April 22.


Review Under Way for ASHRAE 90.1 Changes

ASHRAE announced the launch of public review of proposed changes to the purpose and scope of ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.


Goetz Office Goes Platinum LEED

Group Goetz Architects announced plans to move into a newly designed LEED Platinum office in Washington DC.


CSI Introduces ‘GreenFormat’

The Construction Specifications Institute formally introduced GreenFormat™, a web-based database of green-product information, at the U.S. Green Building Council’s recent Greenbuild Conferen...


New LEED Program Moves to Comment Phase

The U.S. Green Building Council announced the opening of the first public-comment period for the LEED for Neighborhood Development green-building rating system.


NKBA Endorses Sustainable Design

The National Kitchen & Bath Association has released a new statement on sustainability that conveys its position on sustainable design, building practices and materials, while outlining some...


CSI to Roll Out GreenFormat at Greenbuild

The Construction Specifications Instiute announced plans to introduce GreenFormat™, a web-based CSI format that provides a standardized framework for identifying the sustainable properties o...


Group Issues Guidelines on Wood Products

The International Wood Products Association (IWPA) issued voluntary due-diligence guidelines and resources for members regarding sourcing and trading of imported wood products as part of eff...


 
 
   

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