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GreenLock™: Innovant's Exclusive Sustainable Wood Finish

imageInnovant is proud to announce its successful launch of GreenLock™, a rigorously tested, alternative wood finish developed in tandem with expert chemical engineers. Over 10,000 open plan Innovant workstations have been treated with this breakthrough process in the first year of deployment, helping many clients exceed their projects’ LEED goals. This formaldehyde-free finish is as durable and lustrous as standard varnishes, but with a measurable decrease in TVOC emissions.

When used with select materials, Innovant’s GreenLock-finished FORm products are certified to Indoor Advantage Gold by Scientific Certification Systems. Products carrying this certification contribute to LEED Low Emitting Materials Credit EQ 4.5 and help maintain better air quality in the workplace.

Since 2010, when Innovant first set out to develop a sustainable finish program, the company has seen a continued tendency towards large-scale, open plan installations utilizing an abundance of wood - particularly for clients seeking a distinguished quality for their new headquarters. As requests for heavily wood-cased projects increased, Innovant recognized a gap in the marketplace for sustainable, yet durable finish options.

Though standard wood finishing products offer a lustrous finish and great durability, they contain dangerously high levels of formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds (suspected and known carcinogens). On the other hand, water-based finishes offer a lower emissions rate in the workplace, but do not stand up to daily wear, including contact with cleaning products or other liquids. Innovant’s new GreenLock™ formula bridges this gap.

“Innovant is unique in the marketplace for our ability to offer open plan workstations in a wood veneer finish that meets LEED and Living Building Challenge requirements without compromising durability or luster.” – Eli Shapiro, LEED AP, Vice President

For more information about Innovant, its GreenLock™ finish program, or any other products, please visit http://www.innovant.com.

The State of Green Business 2012 - The Good News and Bad

Today GreenBiz gave a great online seminar today on the State of Green Business. The Take Away: Top talent prefers a sustainable workplace.  Here are some of the highlights.

The State of Green Business - The Good News and Bad

GREEN OFFICE SPACE

Holtzer cites talent retention as another part of green buildings’ allure. “Our clients’ newest and youngest employees are demanding green workspaces,” Holtzer says. “For the newest entrants into the workforce, acting sustainably is critical. Many of our tenants see occupancy in a green building as a tool to attract and keep the brightest and most productive workforce.” 

What We Found: Despite a downturn in the real estate market, new construction projects in the United States continued to pursue LEED green building certifications. However, interest in LEED certification among owners of existing buildings dropped from 2010 to 2011.

What We Measured: 2011 saw nearly 2,000 new offices certified under the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, with the majority of that growth coming from newly constructed buildings. Meanwhile the number of buildings seeking the relatively new LEED for Existing Buildings certification dropped in 2010 after rapid growth in 2008 and 2009.

Why It Matters: There are 4.8 million com­mercial buildings in the United States, and col­lectively, they are responsible for 46 percent of the nation’s building energy use. Addressing the impacts of the built environment is key to addressing a wide range of environmental issues. Also, green workspaces are often more efficient, both in terms of operating costs and in the ability to accommodate people comfortably in less space, thereby cutting real estate costs. And studies have shown that green workplaces are healthier and promote higher productivity and employee satisfaction.

What We’re Seeing: Despite the recession and a sagging real estate market, green office spaces command a premium and post above-average occupancy rates. Rents are 4 percent higher for Energy Star–rated buildings and 5 percent higher for LEED-certified buildings. Green office buildings also sell at a premium—about 25 per­cent for both LEED and Energy Star.

Speaker

Joel Makower, 
Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

Joel is Executive Editor of GreenBiz.com and author of “Strategies for the Green Economy,” among other books. For more than 20 years, he has been a well-respected voice on business, the environment, and the bottom line. The Associated Press has called Joel “the guru of green business practices.

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FORm Review from Wille Design

“For a recent client located in the San Francisco area, we provided the Form product for their command and control centers and in their training area. Form was the right fit for their complexity and ability to manage change over the long term. After the installation was complete, the customer, of their own initiative, expanded the extent of product and areas to receive Innovant’s Form product. I think that speaks for itself. The customer’s IT services team were also extremely impressed with the accessibility and ease of integrating their technology requirements within the consoles. Innovant’s consoles have now been successfully installed in several of facilities with very positive reception in all instances." Read More>

- Robin Wille, LEED AP, President at Wille Design

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