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Green Design News

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has entered into a strategic relationship with Autodesk, San Rafael, Calif., to facilitate further adoption of sustainable design and green building. The two parties plan to work on several initiatives to make green design easier and more efficient through the use of technology.

“We hope the relationship between Autodesk and USGBC will help democratize sustainable design by creating an industry-standard technology platform for green building,” said USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi.

In other news, the USGBC is piloting its Portfolio Program, which is designed to help companies achieve LEED certification quickly on a large number of buildings.


PlayNetwork, Redmond, Wash., has partnered with BroadSign Intl., Eagle, Idaho, to offer full-service video media solutions using BroadSign Suite software. The software allows network operators to handle both the technical and media placement aspects of managing digital-signage networks.

Waste Management

Environmental Waste Solutions, Media, Pa., has changed its name to Retriever Waste Management.


F.C. Dadson (FCD), Greenville, Wis., is building and installing counters, kitchen-styled islands and an interior signage package for Sociale, aMinneapolis-based make-and-take meal-assembly chain.

Comfort Upgrade Reduces Costs

An equipment upgrade is keeping shoppers and tenants comfortable at Urban Retail Properties’ Tanglewood Mall, in Roanoke, Va., while adding savings to the bottom line. The retrofit, part of a major renovation, involved replacing the center’s 33-year-old chilled-water plant with a new, 1,800-ton system from Trane.

Mall management decided to replace the existing plant for several reasons. Not only was it showing its age and becoming unreliable and costly to maintain, it also was wasting energy. The mall, which acts as the utility and invoices tenants for electricity and chilled-water use, wanted to cut energy costs. Additionally, the old cooling towers leaked so m