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October was a very busy month, with METALCON and Greenbuild within weeks of each other. a lot happened at Greenbuild, with a few major announcements and metal playing a role in two projects that will be donated to New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward.

In terms of announcements, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) launched the WELL Building Standard Version 1.0 at the inaugural WELL Building Symposium, just prior to Greenbuild. The WELL Building Standard is the world's first building standard to focus on enhancing people's health and well-being through the built environment. WELL v1.0 sets performance requirements in seven categories relevant to occupant health and well-being: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. While at Greenbuild I had the opportunity to talk to Michelle Moore, senior vice president of the IWBI, and I look forward to sharing more about WELL and LEED in an upcoming blog post on our website.

Additionally, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute announced its Material Health Certificate, a tool for manufacturers across industries to communicate their work toward chemically optimized products. While the requirements for the Material Health Certificate are identical to those of the Material Health of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard Version 3.0, the standard requirements for Continuous Improvement and Optimization, and Site Visit of the Production Facility must also be met. The certificate is valid for two years and manufacturers will be listed on the Institute's new Material Health Certificate Registry at

The U.S. Green Building Council also released its LEED in Motion: Retail report at Greenbuild. The report details the extensive involvement of the retail industry with LEED and its impact on retail development and consumer experience. It looks at the ways in which LEED certification can help deliver a superior consumer experience, including the benefits of fresh air circulation, setting a consistent comfortable temperature and utilizing daylight whenever possible. Since 2007 when the LEED for Retail pilot program was launched, nearly 8,000 retailers worldwide have participated in LEED. The USGBC estimates that approximately 1.2 million people experience LEED-certified retail locations each day. Starbucks recently opened its 500th LEED-certified store, while Kohl's has 434 LEED-certified stores and Target has 143 LEED-certified stores. Other prominent LEED for Retail adapters include Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Walgreens, Nike and Yum! Brands.

2014 Greenbuild LivingHomeMetal products were also showcased in two projects on the Greenbuild show floor. The 1,550-square-foot 2014 Greenbuild LivingHome is a modular demonstration home that meets LEED for Home v4 Platinum requirements and is Energy Star v3 certified. Designed in cooperation with Hanley Wood, LivingHomes, Make It Right and Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, the home incorporates a variety of Cradle to Cradle-certified products as well as criteria from the new International WELL Building Standard. The home features metal wall and roof panels from Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp., Louisville, Ky., and was transported to a Make It Right site in the Lower 9th Ward after Greenbuild, where it will be installed and finished and made available through Make It Right's recovery program.

In connection with Building Design + Construction and the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED), Moon Township, Pa.-based CENTRIA's Formawall Dimension Series and IW Series panels were used on the Environment Education Classroom. Designed by New Orleans-based Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and built by Broadmoor LLC, Metairie, La., the building targets net zero energy use and features a pitched butterfly roof that collects and transports water to polypropylene tanks underneath the building.

Earlier this month, the Metal Construction Association honored nine projects for its 2014 Chairman's Awards at METALCON. Chosen from submissions to Metal Architecture's Design Awards, the winning projects are chosen for overall appearance, significance of metal, innovative use of metal, and the role metal plays in achieving project objectives.


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