DirectBuy of Cool Springs Opens New Environmentally Friendly Showroom

Cool Springs, TN (PRWEB) February 25, 2008

DirectBuy, the leading members-only showroom and home design center that offers merchandise at manufacturer-direct prices, has moved DirectBuy of Cools Springs into a new “green” showroom. DirectBuy of Cool Springs is the first green commercial building of its kind in middle Tennessee.

The new showroom is 25,000 sq. feet and is located at 1005 Flagpole Court in Brentwood in the new Mallory Park development.

“The showroom’s new green approach is a perfect fit with the innovative DirectBuy vision,” said center owner John Langley. “Our hope is to elevate the shopping experience for our members while continuing to provide them with tremendous service and savings on the more than 700 manufacturers we carry.”

Center Owners Steve Blume and John Langley built the showroom using an energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly technique called insulated concrete form, or ICF. ICF’s are hollow “blocks” or “panels” made of insulating foam stacked to form the walls of the building and then filled in with reinforced concrete to create the structure. ICF’s reduce the building’s amount of energy needed to heat or cool the building, playing an important role in reducing the negative environmental impacts associated with fossil fuel use.

“ICF provides significant energy savings benefits for the showroom and creates a healthy indoor environment for our customers,” said Bart Fesperman, vice president of sales and marketing for DirectBuy. “We’re confident that Cool Springs families will quickly benefit from this exciting concept and continue to find top home furnishings and home improvement brands at discounted prices.”

Blume and Langley opened their former Cool Springs location five years ago. DirectBuy of Cool Springs was among the top ten United States franchises in annual merchandise volume purchased by members, and the showroom attracts members who drive as long as four hours to shop there.

To assist members with their home renovation projects, DirectBuy of Cool Springs offers access to interior designers and product specialists who are specially trained in one of five areas of merchandise: Home Furnishings, Home Improvement, Flooring, Accessories, and Entertainment/Outdoor. Additionally, members benefit from the use of a children’s play area, cafe and a member’s lounge to relax while shopping.

DirectBuy of Cool Springs members also have exclusive access to renowned designer Christopher Lowell. Lowell has designed twelve room settings — created exclusively with products available through DirectBuy — using his Seven Layers of Design. An innovative approach to home d

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Pizza Fusion Opens In Hollywood, California

Hollywood, Calif. (PRWEB) September 17, 2009

Pizza Fusion, pioneer of the environmental and organic restaurant movements, opened its sixth California location in Hollywood this week at 7950 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 104, this month. The Orlando family, including Kay, her daughter Michele, and son Craig, are the eco-entrepreneurs behind Pizza Fusion’s new Hollywood location.

“The response we received at our soft opening on Tuesday was wonderful”, Michele states. “Hollywood residents are really warming up to our organic and socially conscious approach to restaurant service. It was a heartfelt, rewarding milestone to see our doors open to the public. We’re excited to enhance Hollywood’s restaurant portfolio with a healthy take on America’s favorite food – handcrafted pizza made with authentic ingredients without any artificial whatsoever.”

Pizza Fusion is the first and only restaurant chain to mandate third-party organic restaurant certification at all its locations. The chain, whose motto is ‘Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time,’ practices a socially conscious approach to its entire existence, including the restaurants’ build-out, service and overall operations. Through building all of its restaurants to LEED standards, delivering its food in company owned hybrid vehicles, and offsetting 100% of its power consumption at all of its restaurants, among many other green initiatives, Pizza Fusion is pioneering the sustainable restaurant movement.

Pizza Fusion’s well rounded menu offers something for everyone, from traditional pizzas and sandwiches to its extensive offering of handcrafted, specialty pizzas, like Four Cheese & Sundried Tomato, Sausage & Tri-Colored Peppers or the popular Founder’s Pie. Pizza Fusion’s award-winning, organic salads offer a tasty meal for a quick lunch or healthy dinner. The chain also serves an extensive local, sustainable, and organic beer and wine list. Beyond its organic offerings, Pizza Fusion also offers a number of options for selective diets, including vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free, and gluten-free pizza and other menu items.

“We’re thrilled to have a new home in Hollywood and look forward to earning the loyalty of L.A. residents through our delicious menu, environmental stewardship, and community oriented values”, Vaughan Lazar, president and co-founder of Pizza Fusion, states. “We’re very proud to welcome the Orlandos into the Pizza Fusion family.”

In the United States, restaurants are the top electricity consumer among retail businesses, accounting for 33% of the total consumption. Each restaurant produces an average of 50,000 pounds of waste per year. Pizza Fusion’s restaurants reduce water waste by 40 percent and electricity consumption by 20 percent annually. The chain’s LEED certified restaurants feature a number of unique, eco-efficient products, techniques and designs. Pizza Fusion restaurants’ eco-elements include countertops made of re-used glass bottles from other Pizza Fusions and manufactured using a cradle-to-cradle approach, bamboo flooring, 30% recaptured industrial concrete, non-VOC paints, energy start certified appliances, insulation made from recycled blue jeans, ceiling baffles made from recycled composite board, low voltage, low heat lighting, furniture made from reclaimed wood, and much more – all the way down to the 100 percent post consumer toilet paper in their bathrooms.

Kay Orlando brings over 30 years of business expertise to Pizza Fusion Hollywood, including a successful run as a franchisee with Honda Kawasaki where she tripled the sales of her business in only three years. Craig Orlando graduated from Sacramento University with an emphasis on Business and Communications, before specializing in sales, training, and customer service for the last 18 years. Michele Orlando has 10 years of restaurant expertise under her belt with three years of marketing experience. All three are personally committed to holistic lifestyles with concern for the environment in all they do, from organic eating to composting and recycling religiously.

Pizza Fusion is considering franchise franchise candidates for 70 planned locations to open throughout California over the next five years.

About Pizza Fusion

Founded in the best interest of the individual and the environment, Pizza Fusion combines a fresh, organic menu with an industry-leading environmental approach to restaurant service in chic dining destinations built to LEED certification standards. Pizza Fusion specializes in a full-service approach to gourmet pizza, ciabatta sandwiches, salads, desserts, and organic beers and wines, all in their purest form – untainted by artificial additives, such as pesticides, preservatives, antibiotics and hormones. With numerous franchises opening across the U.S., Pizza Fusion is pioneering the organic and environmental restaurant movement as the most eco-friendly restaurant in America. For additional information, visit:

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Goodwill Vermont Opens New Energy Efficient Retail Space Using Amvic ICF

South Burlington, VT (PRWEB) January 7, 2010

Vermont ICF are delighted to announce the grand opening of a new 16,500 sq ft retail/warehouse space that will be home to Goodwill Industries. This one storey structure employed energy saving insulating concrete forms (ICF) for its exterior envelope to ensure the occupants will enjoy a comfortable environment as well as ongoing reduced operating costs.

Using ICF wasn’t automatically the owner’s first choice. Green Dolphin LLC, the builder on the project, provided a detailed cost comparison between conventional steel construction and ICFs ( to facilitate the decision.

“Although the property owner was open to new ideas, the end result had to be cost effective,” says Jim Cameron, project manager from Green Dolphin. “In reviewing the comparison between ICF and conventional steel construction, on paper the ICF appeared more costly. Looking beyond the surface at multiple savings in construction steps and time, as well as the ongoing reduced energy costs, the two options would have cost about the same. The result is a building that exceeds energy usage standards with a reduced carbon footprint and a very air-tight structure.”

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