Friday, June 03, 2011

Affordable Green Housing from Habitat

Habitat for Humanity has been involved in so many good causes globally. This is another example and timely as the U.S. housing market needs some good news and affordable, energy efficient green homes for buyers at all economic levels. I enjoyed the video lined below.

Here's the link to the article:

Habitat for Humanity: Making Sustainability Accessible
The global non-governmental, non-profit organization that's headquartered in Americus, Georgia, has built and rehabilitated over 400,000 homes since it was founded in 1976. Habitat reaches out to those who can't afford a house on the standard market and the beneficiaries of the Habitat program collaborate with volunteers to build or rehabilitate a home.

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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

LEED Certified Paint Plant Opens in Arizona

Dunn-Edwards Opens the World's First LEED-Certified* Paint Manufacturing Facility

PHOENIX, Ariz. – (June 1, 2011) Dunn-Edwards, the Southwest's leading manufacturer of premium paints, announces the opening of the world's first LEED-certified* paint manufacturing facility.  Located in Phoenix, the 336,000-sq.-ft. facility was custom designed to be the greenest and most efficient in the coatings industry.  This ultra-modern building encompasses manufacturing, product development, quality control laboratories, a distribution center, retail outlet and office space.  

"We have incorporated innovative, energy-efficient equipment and protocols, such as unique dust collection systems that capture and recycle particulates, and novel wastewater recycling techniques.  Our systems are classified as ultra-low discharge, meaning that waste generation is greatly minimized," said Karl Altergott, president.  

Dunn-Edwards is considered one of the most environmentally-friendly paint manufacturers and an industry leader in eco-efficient principles – all part of its Greener by Design philosophy. For example, throughout its operations the company focuses on initiatives such as energy efficiency, waste minimization, recycling, emissions reduction, and health and safety protection.   "So, not only are we manufacturing paint that is more eco-friendly, we have taken great steps to conserve energy and material resources, and to reduce waste in our physical environment," said Altergott.

Even small changes can add up to big eco-savings.  The company eliminated cardboard boxes for packaging one-gallon containers and now use heat shrink wrap.  Dunn-Edwards is the only paint plant in the United States using heat shrink wrap.  This amounts to a reduction of cardboard consumption by one million boxes, which equates to approximately 250 tons of cardboard per year.

Altergott reports that energy calculations on the new plant show a 50 percent reduction over its two existing operations; one was first built in the mid-1950s and the other in the mid-1970s.   "Our innovative automation at the new plant is one of the most comprehensive systems in the industry and light years beyond what we had at the older facilities," he explained.  "We are so much more efficient -- saving time, money and resources.  Increased automation has reduced the physical demands of workers, and thus potential injuries."

With more than 50 percent more space than our two former plants combined, this new plant meets Dunn-Edwards' needs for long-term growth and has room to expand another 40,000 sq. ft.  

"Dunn-Edwards is investing in its future in Phoenix by adding more than $40 million in capital investments and creating approximately 120 much-needed new jobs," said Mayor Phil Gordon.  "By working together on this project, the end result is a growing Phoenix economy with new jobs."

Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, added, "Dunn-Edwards joins several new companies focused on green and sustainable solutions that have chosen Arizona because of its emerging reputation in this sector.  The City of Phoenix and the Arizona Commerce Authority provided strong leadership in supporting Dunn-Edwards' efforts to expand to Greater Phoenix, and we welcome them to our pro-business environment."

An official grand opening will be held Friday, June 3, 2011.  A ribbon cutting ceremony with local officials, including Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, begins at 11 a.m., followed by plant tours and lunch. (NOTE: Event is for invited guests and media only.) The plant is located at 520 S. 67th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona, 85043.  For more information about Dunn-Edwards, visit

*LEED certification pending; estimated late summer with a Gold Award


NOTE: Photos and video are available

About Dunn-Edwards Paints
Dunn-Edwards has produced and sold premium paint products for 85 years throughout the Southwest.  Operating 109 stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, Dunn-Edwards is one of the nation's largest independent manufacturers and distributors of architectural paints and painting supplies.  Based in Southern California, the company is composed of approximately 1,500 employees.

Media Contact:
Judy Lynes                        
310/752-4400 ext. 124  

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