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Study examines post-occupancy results of green buildings in Illinois

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Chicago A regional study of green buildings is the first of its kind to study post-occupancy results of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings in the state of Illinois, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.

“The Regional Green Building Case Study Project: a Post-Occupancy Study of LEED Projects in Illinois” report summarizes the first year of a multi-year study to analyze the post-occupancy benefits of 25 LEED-certified projects in Illinois related to energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use, construction and operating costs, cost of building green, health and productivity impacts, and occupant comfort.

The study was funded by the Grand Victoria Foundation and is a collaborative endeavor between the USGBC Chicago, U.S. EPA Region 5, the City of Chicago, Delta Institute and the Center for Neighborhood Technology, which was the lead researcher for the project.

The study found that sustainability does not stop with building design and construction. While a building may be designed to be sustainable, it is often ongoing operational issues that affect the amount of energy, water, and other resources it consumes. Accordingly, ongoing performance evaluation is a key component of long-term sustainability.

“Sustainability must be integrated into ongoing operations and maintenance practices,” said Kathy Tholin, CEO of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, whose Chicago LEED Platinum building was a part of the study.

“Constructing to LEED Platinum was a natural choice given CNT’s long-standing commitment to sustainable development,” explained Tholin. “But our job is far from complete. Now that we’re utilizing the space, sustainability means focusing on ongoing operations and maintenance. We’re striving for continuous improvement.”

Doug Widener, executive director of the U.S. Green Building Council – Chicago Chapter said the report is “an important step toward achieving our mission of leading the regional transformation of the built environment to become ecologically sustainable, profitable, and healthy.”

Illinois has been an early leader in green building construction, currently ranking sixth in the number of LEED buildings built, with the city of Chicago itself having more LEED-certified buildings than any other city in the country.

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Olsen twins launch exclusive line for JCPenney

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PLANO, Texas JCPenney has launched a new line from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The exclusive new line, Olsenboye, will be available for a limited time on jcp.com and in select JCPenney stores beginning Nov. 6, with a full launch set for spring 2010.

“Our juniors customers have grown up with Mary-Kate and Ashley and look to them not only as authentic designers, but also as style icons,” said Liz Sweney, EVP and general merchandise manager of women’s apparel at JCPenney. “The launch of Olsenboye brings aspiration and sophistication to our juniors department, while underscoring our commitment to continue to step up our style and offer our younger customers new, fashion-forward merchandise at affordable prices.”

 

The Olsebboye collection draws inspiration from different cities around the world and includes denim, bottoms, tops, dresses and shoes ranging in price from $20 to $50.

 

To help promote the new line, an Olsenboye “mobile shop” will drive around New York City offering consumers a chance to experience the brand and purchase merchandise before the launch.

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Credit trends point to pressured consumers

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The stock market is looking up, and there is talk of the recession being over, but one look at the trends in Target’s credit portfolio reveal that consumers are not out of the woods. The company’s receivables declined 6.8% in September compared with a year earlier, partly by design as the company sought to mitigate its exposure to charge-offs and delinquencies. Charge-offs totaled 14.37% in September, while delinquencies totaled 6.17%.

 

 

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