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D-Blaze® Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) Earns GREENGUARD Gold Certification

Fire Retardant Wood Treatment is First of its Kind to Earn GREENGUARD Gold Certification

Viance LLC, a leading manufacturer of advanced wood treatment technologies, has announced that D-Blaze Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) is the first pressure-impregnated FRTW to earn the GREENGUARD Gold Certification.

“With the GREENGUARD Gold Certification, architects and specifiers can be confident in recommending D-Blaze framing lumber and plywood for projects like schools and hospitals,” said Bill Fields, President of Viance. “In addition to its effectiveness in controlling the spread of flames and smoke development caused by fire, D-Blaze now qualifies for The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System.”


Isolated coral reefs far from human activity are not healthier

New UNC-Chapel Hill research shows that coral reef decline illustrates the far reach of climate change — and that local solutions alone cannot restore coral populations

For the world’s coral reefs, the picture keeps getting gloomier. Although it’s widely assumed that both local and global factors are contributing to their decline, new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that isolated reefs far from human activities are in fact not healthier than those in more densely populated areas.


With a single blast, Duke Energy transforms the energy landscape in Wilmington

Duke Energy Sunday imploded one of three boiler units at the retired coal-fired L.V. Sutton Plant in Wilmington, N.C.

Continued progress toward cleaner energy sources and ash basin closure

Duke Energy reached another important milestone Sunday after imploding one of three boiler units at the retired coal-fired L.V. Sutton Plant.

The company continues to remove older coal units as part of a plan to shift to cleaner, more efficient energy sources in North Carolina.  


Local Groups Move to Protect Sunset Beach and Bird Island

On behalf of the Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association and North Carolina Coastal Federation, the Southern Environmental Law Center filed a request for a hearing with the N.C. Division of Coastal Management as the required first step in challenging the state permit for a private developer to bulldoze 15 acres of protective dunes along the Sunset Beach, N.C., oceanfront to allow for building 21 houses.  The request was filed Friday, July 8.


Backroom Dealing Taints Yet Another Duke Energy Case

NC regulators endorse $6 billion Duke-PNG merger prior to hearing while telling other parties’ witnesses “don’t bother”

For at least the fifth straight time in a major Duke Energy case, state regulators have undermined any semblance of fair process – this time by cutting a backroom deal with the utility in a $6 billion merger with Piedmont Natural Gas even before receiving input from either the public or formal parties to the case.  The NC Utilities Commission took the extra step this time of granting Duke’s request to disallow testimonies by two natural gas experts fielded by NC WARN and allies.

Once again, the regulators (the commission and its so-called Public Staff) have turned a complex, multi-billion dollar case into a rubber-stamp proceeding where Duke Energy avoids scrutiny as it plows forward with a major expansion of high-risk, climate-busting fracked gas.


Cree Named LED Lighting Supplier for Pilot and Flying J Stores across North America



Cree, Inc. announced an agreement with Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, to install indoor and outdoor LED lighting at select locations. The agreement provides for a retrofit of interior and exterior lighting, to include parking lot canopies, downlights and area luminaires for various new and existing travel centers. Using Cree's high-performing LED lighting with SmartCast® Technology, the project is anticipated to generate significant energy savings and eliminate nearly all lighting-related maintenance costs over the duration of Cree’s industry-leading 10 year warranty.


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