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  • D'Ieteren officials announced Nov. 17 that Belron has completed the acquisition of Mobilglas Denmark, the second largest auto glass repair and replacement specialist in the Danish market, for about $6 million.Officials also noted that challenging conditions in and outside Europe reduced the size of the vehicle glass repair and replacement markets this year."Year-to-date, Belron's reported...
  • JN Phillips Auto Glass, based in Woburn, Mass., has announced the launch of a non-profit foundation the company created to promote volunteerism across Massachusetts.The New Barn Foundation, or NBF, will provide volunteer support and resources to social service organizations and other non-profits around the state.
  • Five new Ford Motor Co. products fitted with Carlite's noise-blocking SoundScreen windshields will be unveiled at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show: the 2010 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid, the 2010 Mercury Milan and Milan Hybrid and the 2010 Lincoln MKZ. Media previews for the show are Nov. 19 -20 and it is open to the public Nov. 21-30, according to a Nov. 19 MarketWatch report.
  • Following a negative trend in the automotive industry, AGC Automotive Americas, formerly known as AP Technoglass, announced a 20 percent staff reduction at its Elizabethtown, Ky., glass factory.AGC currently employs more than 600 people, but human resource manager Steve Robbins said the company is forced to cut more than 100 of those positions between Thanksgiving and Christmas, because of the...
  • New rating system resets the bar for green building performanceLEED 2009, the long-awaited update to the internationally recognized LEED green building certification program, has passed member ballot, and will be introduced in 2009 as the next major evolution of the existing LEED rating systems for commercial buildings. It includes a series of major technical advancements focused on improving...
  • The U.S. Green Building Council announced the opening of the public comment period for its LEED for Retail rating system, both for new construction and commercial interiors projects. LEED for Retail recognizes the unique nature of the retail environment and offers a certification system that addresses the various types of retail spaces available, from grocery stores to big box retailers, to...
  • In a word, noLate last year, I began to get the sense that green building fatigue was setting in. On my end, I sighed when a press release announcing a new LEED building landed in my inbox; that fact, alone, no longer seemed like news. But all over the country, the housing bubble was beginning to burst. I wondered: Would green building survive?
  • The fast growth of green buildings is having a demonstrable effect on saving energy, water, land, and materials, and in making more productive workplaces, but progress is insufficient to adequately curb global climate change, according to a new report.
  • The value of green building construction starts increased substantially between 2005 and 2008, according to a report released Nov. 19 by McGraw-Hill Construction.The report — based on data found in the McGraw-Hill Construction Network and released at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston — shows green starts totaled between $36 billion and $49 billion this year...
  • Building to “green” specifications costs less than you think, a new study reports. Building green costs an average of 2.5 percent more up front, a study sponsored by the US Green Building Council and other real-estate and architectural groups has found.The study, whose results were released to coincide with a major green-building conference in Boston this week, says that the premium...
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