Longleaf: The Heart of Pine (Trailer)

Don’t forget to purchase tickets to see Longleaf: The Heart of Pine at the upcoming Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival in Gainesville, Florida. We’re excited as our own “stars” George Goodwin and Jeffrey Forbes are featured in the documentary!!! Check out another trailer:

Longleaf: The Heart of Pine

Goodwin Company is excited to be featured in, Longleaf: The Heart of Pine, a documentary by Rex Jones. Our own George Goodwin and Jeffrey Forbes are prominently featured in the film!

John Muir’s Walk with Heartpine

By Jeffrey Forbes Marketing Coordinator and Resident Historian Every Goodwin floor is a conversation piece, and each detail prompts a story for its rich and historic past.  We know all about the durability and sustainability of a quality heartpine floor.  You can see it in the tightness of the River-Recovered® longleaf grain and you can […]

A Visit From a Friend…

GatorWe recently captured this photo of an alligator camping out in our log pond. This reminds me of the reason why the term “deadhead logging” was coined. As you can see, the small ends of the sunken logs float, resembling heads. It is difficult to distinguish the logs from the alligator!

Speaking of deadhead logging, did you know George Goodwin was the pioneer of the Florida Deadhead Logging permit? This environmental permit specifies and monitors how the logs are to be recovered to ensure preservation of the underwater habitat. George traveled to the state capitol on numerous occasions to garner support from environment groups and government agencies, ultimately partnering with Florida’s Department of Submerged Lands and a host of environmental organizations to develop what is now known as Florida’s Deadhead River Logging Permit.

Take comfort in knowing that not only does Goodwin take great care in recovering our logs, but we spearheaded efforts to ensure anyone who chooses to do the same does so in a manner which is environmentally responsible and protects our precious underwater habitats.


Interested in what this permit entails? Visit:
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/wetlands/erp/deadhead.htm

Turning Trash into Art

The world of “found art” is a fascinating one.  Many people have made amazing art collections by gathering things that other people would think of as trash, and turning them into stunning sculptures and works of art.  There are many things that count as “found art”.  Some people collect driftwood and dry it out, paint […]

Do You Mesh?

A Mesh company uses modern technology and social networks to provide people with goods and services without the burden and expense of owning them outright. A new book by Lisa Gansky, “The Mesh” will educate you as to how that is being done right now by over 6722 companies in over 1282 cites across the […]

Green Building – Recession Proof?

A new study by IBISWorld, titled Sustainable Building Material Manufacturing in the U.S. has some very encouraging news for the green building industry. The Sustainable/Green Building segment of the market was one of the first to make a comeback as early as 2010,  when the industry rebounded with strong growth.  Americans concern for environmental sustainability was reflected in their buying habits, and growth for 2012 is expected to reach up to 30%.

Much of this activity was in retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency, according to the United States Green Building Council, so we can most likely expect to continue seeing this trend improve. And when new construction picks back up, we will work to ensure that that the green building momentum will take a new life in that sector too, after experiencing this remarkable growth in the slow economy.

How to Help Save the Rainforests

Make it Green: Wood is the Natural Green Building Choice There has been plenty of debate recently about what exactly is the greenest material that can be utilized within the construction industry. Naturally (no pun intended), wood is a prime candidate when it comes to contenders for this coveted spot. There are plenty of reasons […]

Green Roof Ideas

‘Go Green‘ is the buzz word in the construction arena, and our first “green roof” is literally, green. Green roofs serve several purposes for a building, such as absorbing rainwater, providing insulation, creating a habitat for wildlife, and helping to lower urban air temperatures and mitigate the heat island effect. There are two types of […]

Energy Saving Tips on Facebook

Now that facebook has become an important part of many people’s lives, here is a energy saving page you can subscribe to, to get tips to share with your friends and family,  http://www.facebook.com/energysavers.gov.  Every home is different, so you may want to browse www.energysavers.gov to get many more ideas.

Here are a few simple things you can do for starters:

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· Sealing a home’s exterior can save 10-25% of heating costs. You’ll want to focus on the common places for leaks and various types of caulks, weather-stripping and foam gaskets for exterior wall electrical outlets and light switch plates.
· A shaded outdoor Central AC condenser unit can save up to 10% on cooling, but make sure airflow is not restricted. Clean out leaf debris taking care of the coils and keep the large line well insulated.
· Each degree adjustment on your thermostat can save up to 4% on your energy bill. Preferred settings are 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the Summer time and 68 in Winter. Ceiling fans on when you are in a room will make the temperature feel more comfortable.
· Refrigerators use more energy than any other appliance. Clean the coils at least two times a year under the unit to save energy and keep the unit working well longterm. A long brush from the home supply store makes this easy.
· Adjust the hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or Medium and drain the unit once a year to avoid sediment buildup.

When Do You Celebrate Arbor Day?

The national and international celebration of Arbor Day started many years ago.  The first Arbor Day was held on April 10, 1872, and an longleaf pineestimated one million trees were planted that day. When do you celebrate Arbor Day? Well, it depends on which state you live in:

Florida and Louisiana (January); Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi (February);  Arkansas, Arizona, California, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Tennessee (March); Alaska, Maine, North Dakota and Vermont (May); Hawaii (November); and South Carolina (December). Similar events to encourage the planting or care of trees are arranged in many countries around the world. The dates are usually chosen to coincide with the optimal season for planting or caring for native trees.

Remember to consider replanting the longleaf pine if you’d like to carry on with the great energy from Arbor Day. These trees, because of their great size and strength, formed the foundation of the industrial expansion that happened across the USA in the early 1900s. Because of over harvesting, only a few natural stands of longleaf pine remain. Read about planting and growing longleaf pine at Auburn University website here,

http://wp.auburn.edu/sfws/

More Arbor Day Fun and Facts…

 

Interactive Healthy Home Site

Wood FloorsWe wanted to share a very interesting website with you that makes learning about hidden household dangers interactive and fun. Visit myhealthyhome.com and take the healthy home tour. After all, we spend the majority of our time in our own homes. If our home-health is not good, then how can we expect to improve our health through things like diet and exercise? Health begins in a healthy home!

We love hearing about the excitement and improvements that families experience when they  learn about the benefits of using wood in their homes. Enjoy this testimonial from one of our satisfied customers….

When our grandson was born his bedroom had new carpet and fresh paint. I gave my wonderful daughter the Lung Association’s Healthy House book and thought we were doing better.

Two weeks before our granddaughter was born her room suddenly had to be painted pink. And the paint store didn’t offer my daughter the low VOC paint!

This spring the family replaced the carpet with Precision Engineered River Recovered Antique Heart Pine wood floors in both grandkids rooms.

We are all breathing easier… literally. So far, so good. I’ll keep you posted.

Love wood floors and grandkids!

Green Home Building Boom

Green Home Building

Green Home Building Boom

It seems now more than ever, going green is important to consumers, which makes the building products industry a prime market to target. As a building products CMO, you are likely focused on this growing trend, but the key statistics from McGraw-Hill Construction give us even more of a reason to strive to reach the next level of eco-friendly products.

Going Green

The study showed much anticipation for green building products over the next few years.  It seems, homebuyers are going green for not only higher quality products, but also reduced energy costs. With the price to ‘go green’ declining, it is predicted the green home market is expected to grow from 17% in 2011 up to 38% in 2016 – a 21% increase in five years.

The new McGraw-Hill Construction Report, A Green Home Builders and Remodelers Study, predicts that the green home market is expected to increase five-fold by 2016, up from a $17 billion opportunity today.

McGraw-Hill Construction, a part of The McGraw-Hill Companies, released their findings at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show in Orlando.

Green Building with Eco-Friendly Architectural Salvage Yards

More and more, homeowners as well as commercial builders are realizing that there is a virtual treasure trove of building materials already at hand, and using some creativity along with a generous amount of flexibility, one can create masterpieces with reclaimed materials. Gone are the days when only bargain-hunters are on the lookout for recycled building materials. In fact, some of the most unique and interesting interiors employ antique and reclaimed materials. One of my favorite coffee shops in Paris features ornate doors and window frames salvaged from local renovation projects as the interior decor, and the shop draws visitors from all over the city.

Here in the USA, there are salvage depots and warehouses in every locale, but three of them have gained a national reputation for those on the lookout for quality reclaimed materials.

Heritage Salvage

Heritage Salvage in Petaluma, CA has more than three acres of reclaimed building materials including everything from reclaimed old growth redwood lumber to bar tops and barn doors. In addition to salvaging and restoring building materials, Heritage also crafts custom furniture and other pieces from reclaimed wood. Heritage’s commitment to reducing waste through reclamation is not its only green initiatives. Many of the stacks of wood are protected from the Northern California drizzle by former billboards that owner Michael “Bug” Deakin buys in bulk for rain protection that is both durable and recycled. In addition to its huge collection of reclaimed building materials, the Heritage Salvage Yard is home to organic gardens and beehives. Deakin plans a water catchment system in the future.

ReNew Salvage

ReNew Salvage, based in Brattleboro, Vt, is a non-profit architectural salvage yard committed to reducing construction waste and help low income families build affordable yet high quality housing. Proceeds from the salvage yard support ReNew Salvage’s other programs, which include deconstruction services, community workshops on topics related to green building, and job training for at-risk youth.

Second Use

Founded in 1994 by a contractor and environmentalist who became frustrated after seeing the large amounts of waste produced during construction and demolition of buildings, Seattle-based Second Use remains committed to reclaiming and reusing building materials to reduce waste and create unique and beautiful eco-friendly buildings. In addition to the large salvage yard, Second Use offers demolition services and hosts free workshops for contractors, home owners, and others interested in building with reclaimed materials.

Thanks to Green Marketing (Original link: http://www.greenmarketing.tv/2010/07/19/how-to-start-an-eco-friendly-architectural-salvage-yard/)

Green Building

Many floor covering products contribute points toward a LEED green building certification. Here are a few of the points you can look up under the standard for more information: MR 4.1 – post-consumer plus ½ pre-consumer for 10% or 20% of cost of project materials receives 1 or 2 points MR 5.1 or 5.2 – […]

Green Building Fortifies Floor Covering Futures

Green building involves health, water conservation, energy efficiency, disaster mitigation and, of course, sustainable floor coverings. A certified green building is intended to keep you

Reclaimed Wood Flooring is Green

Reclaimed Wood Flooring is Green

healthier, save you money and help ensure the building’s durability. There are several national certifications and over half of states have regional, state or city certification programs.

Builders generally believe that green building certification is not worth the expense and time. Those who do get certifications most often opt for Energy Star or just a HERS rating. There is an expectation that many builders who currently get Energy Star certifications will drop out of the program when Version 3 goes into effect in January 2012 due to added challenges for thermal enclosure and preventing water intrusion.

Builders need to explore the costs and benefits of certification and incorporate certification into their business’s marketing plan. Average certification costs, including the third party certifier and the fees to the certifying organization, for a building of 1,750 square feet or less range from $600+/- for a local program to $2,500+/- for one of the national programs, according to Dr. Jennifer Languell, Trifecta Construction Solutions, Ft. Myers, Florida.

The Appraisal Institute offers a green certification for appraisers. Recently they announced an addendum to the Fannie Mae Form 1004 that lets appraisers add the contributory value of a home’s green features. Some builders have seen an increase in appraisal values from 8% to 20% for green features if they spend time with the appraiser and give them a copy of the homeowner’s manual, case studies from the Green MLS Tool Kit and carefully walk them through the home.

Green building products entail an even more complex list of third party certifiers and a good deal of “greenwashing” as well. To have some fun do a search on the term ‘sins of green washing.’ A few of the certification bodies to know about that relate to floor coverings include: CRI’s Green Label Testing Program certifies low-emitting carpets, GreenGuard certifies a wide variety of floor covering products and Scientific Certification Systems have developed a broad range of product certification programs since 1984…stay tuned, to be continued!