October 19, 2010
TN Marketing is a creative marketing firm in Plymouth, MN. TN Marketing, Intereum and DIRTT partnered to create a beautiful, crisp space that enhances, supports TN Marketing’s creative environment. Cal Franklin, the President and CEO of TN Marketing, invited us in for a look around their office. We are delighted by the installation!
There are many private offices and a viewing room upstairs. Hanging televisions and office furniture off the walls really puts the walls to work. Instead of using tackable surfaces, TN Marketing chose to use magnetic back-painted glass – also allowing for an extra pop of color.
Choosing DIRTT really shows environmental and financial savvy. The use of DIRTT means that there will be less trash in the landfills up front and over time. The walls will depreciate over seven years. Since TN Marketing owns the walls, they can take the walls with them if they move. Purchasing DIRTT walls really shows that TN Marketing can adapt to change and can keep their business as flexible as it needs to be without being constrained by permanent walls.
While standing in Cal’s beautiful office with etched glass and Herman Miller Embody chairs gathered in a conference area, we could really see the visual intention for the space. TN Marketing chose to use a lot of glass with bright color accents. The space flows with the abundance of natural light. Cal remarked that he was able to really understand the options and get ideas from his visit to DIRTT’s Chicago Showroom.
For more information on this installation or to learn more about your space and DIRTT, contact us at email@example.com – feel free to stop by our Plymouth Showroom where we have DIRTT in action!
May 27, 2010
Earlier in the week the Treehugger blog posted a story about all the Eco-Friendly products used in Twitter’s new Headquarters. They were sure to point out the use of Herman Miller Caper Chairs in the conference rooms.
“The interior space seems to have a dialogue with the surrounding buildings. The views out the window and the neighboring facades feel like an extension of the rooms. I particularly love this photo showing the post-its matching the colors of the space and backdrop.
The Caper Chairs by Herman Miller in the conference rooms are comprised of 21% recycled materials with a Greenguard certification.”
The Greening the Heartland Conference kicks off today at the Minneapolis Convention Center at 4:30pm. Intereum will be there with a Energy Manager by Herman Miller called Convia. Come by the Intereum booth and learn how you can save energy and green your workplace.
Convia and Wiremold have partnered to offer a revolutionary building control and energy management system that enables building users to continuously Control, Meter and Adapt their building environment to meet aggressive energy savings goals. Lighting, plug loads and thermostat setpoints are easily managed at an extremely accurate and granular level. Real time energy use is metered and, when needed, controls can be reprogrammed easily and quickly with the touch of a button to achieve energy use goals.
This innovative control and energy management technology is also available in Herman Miller workstations via the Energy Manager product line. Energy Manager provides unprecedented space control and energy savings within office workstations.
The Convia system was selected by the USGBC for their new world headquarters in Washington, DC. Our presentation on the Exhibit Hall stage will be a case study of this cutting edge installation.
We’re excited to be exhibiting at this premier green building conference and look forward to introducing you to or sharing more information about the Convia building control and energy management system.
We hope to see you at our Booth – number 121, and we also hope you can attend our presentation on the Exhibit Hall stage.
Exhibit hall hours are as follows:
Wed, May 19 - 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Thur, May 20 - 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Fri, May 21 - 7:30 am – 11:00 am
January 11, 2010
While we know the building industry had a rough year in 2009, not all of the industry has been in the doldrums. Niche markets such at the green sector have been doing well despite rough economic times for the design and construction industry overall. Here are the key trends that will affect the way we build when it comes to being green in 2010.
Energy labeling for homes and office buildings. The advent of more accurate energy rating systems for homes and office spaces – similar to the miles-per-gallon sticker on your car – has caught the attention of energy agencies and legislators around the country. Not only can it makea building-to-building or home-to-home comparison easier, but a publicly available score on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) could galvanize owners to make needed energy improvements while adding value to their building. A post-improvement audit can also measure the effectiveness of upgrades, a useful tool for gauging results of stimulus funding for retrofits.
Building information modeling (BIM) software. The continued evolution of CAD software for building design has produced new add-on tools with increasingly accurate algorithms for energy modeling as well as embedded energy properties for many materials and features. This will prove instrumental in predicting building performance. BIM developers will soon be offering more affordable packages aimed at smaller firms and individual builders. Contractors are predicted to show the greatest increase in usage of BIM compared with any other group, according to market research firm McGraw Hill Construction.
Carbon Calculation. With buildings contributing roughly half the carbon emissions in the the environement, the progressive elements in the building industry are looking at ways to document, measure, and reduce greenhouse gas creation in building materials and processes. Lifecycle analysis (LCA) of building products is underway by third party technical teams, while others are working with federal and state building authorities to educate staff, create monetized carbon credits, and develop effective carbon offset policies. This effort will be heightened once a federal cap-and-trade mechanism is launched in this country.
Net Zero Buildings. A net zero building is a building that generates more energy than it uses over the course of a year, as a result of relatively small size, extreme efficiencies and onsite renewable energy sources such as wind, solar or geo-exchange systems. While the Architecture 2030 Challenge sets forth net zero as the goal for all buildings in 2030, we are already within striking distance on many fronts. Building extreme efficiency into a structure is highly cost effective, and achieves the bulk of the net zero effort. Oregon already has several net zero homes, and the planned Oregon Sustainability Center is an example of a net zero office building.
Sustainable building education. While the slowdown afforded many builders the opportunity to learn about green building and establish credentials, the momentum for green building is being supplied by homebuyers, homeowners and building owners. The continued demand, especially in progressive cities, will supply new learning opportunities, not just for designers and builders but for the entire chain of professionals involved in the building industry, from real estate to finance, and insurance. These peripheral professionals seek to know more about the features and benefits of sustainable construction in order to place an appropriate value on a green building. In this way they can be assured that there will not be a disconnect between the homeowner’s or builder’s perceived value and the appraiser’s perceived value, and all parties can benefit from the greening of the building industry.
Financial community buy-in to green building. Lenders and insurers have come to see green homes and buildings as better for their bottom line and are working to get new reduced-rate loan products, insurance packages, and metrics into place. Lenders and insurers are realising green home and building owners are more responsible, place higher value on maintenance and lower operating costs, and are less likely to default.
December 15, 2009
Do you have cubicles in your office that are old, out-dated, and just plain ugly but don’t have the money for all new office furniture? Renu-Space is a brilliant new product that gives an eco-friendly & economic solution to updating office furniture. With Renu-Space you take your existing monolithic panels to create the segmented look of new office furniture.
We have Renu-Space installed on workstation in our Intereum showroom. Scott from Renu-Space stopped by the other day to give us a demo and show us how the system works.
When Renu-Space is installed in an office environment there is less money spent on labor because the panels can be installed on some systems without removing work-surfaces and components. In fact, Renu-Space is so easy to install that it can be installed by your employees. When Renu-Space is being installed there is no need to disconnect phones, computer or power from the panel system so there is zero employee downtime.
Renu-Space is relevant to many LEED points on new construction or major remodeling projects. Traditional methods of reupholstering office furniture often require the older fabric to be removed and disposed of. Renu-Space is fastened over existing fabric, completely preventing the old fabric from being sent to a landfill.
November 5, 2009
A little known material named Renuva could change way hunderds of things are made; from upholstery to airplane wings. It is a soy based alternative to polyurethane (which is petroleum based) and could provide a path to how products could be better made in the future.
The New York Times recently ran a story about a yellow toy giraffe named Stella that is made from Renuva. The giraffe was designed by Eric Phiffer of Phiffer Lab who was participating in Humanscale’s Faces in the Wild auction to benefit the World Wildlife Fund. Phiffer teamed up with Renuva’s producer Dow to create the one kind giraffe Stella to be auctioned off.
Even though Stella is a one-off it does illustrate how soybean based polyurethane could be used in the future as a green replacement in product design.
”We realized we had a great technology in our hands, but it was not clear to us how to communicate this to people who specify materials ending up in finished goods — designers, architects and the like — as well as lay people, the ultimate consumers,” Umberto Torresan, Dow’s global marketing manager for polyurethanes told the New York Times. “Eric was ‘the last mile’ to the market we had been missing.”
Designer Eric Pfeiffer had previously partnered with Columbia Harvest Products and the estate of the artist and designer Alexander Girard to create PLYprints. The PLYprints were printed onto Columbia PureBond plywood which is made of formaldehyde-free adhesives. The product functions not only as wall decor but as an example of practical application for greener materials and technologies marketed to consumers, designers, and manufacturers.
November 4, 2009
Reuters is reporting that the nation’s leader in sustainable design education, Green Education Services, is launching a “flashcard” iPhone application. LEED Green Associate Flashcards are now available in the iTunes Store. It is a first of it’s kind application with over 350 flashcards, instructor support, and an intuitive interface.
Zach Rose, the CEO of Green Education Services, said this in a statement to Reuters:
“We quickly realized that while there are plenty of options for students to purchase printed flashcards for the LEED Examinations, there were no apps that allowed you to study directly from your iPhone,” said Zach Rose, CEO of Green Education Services. “Having already sold thousands of sets of flashcards for LEED prep, these applications were the next logical step and are a digital,more environmentally conscious way to study.”
The application costs $19.99 and comes with a discount code for $100 off of a Green Education Services live LEED seminar.