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The Atlanta Green Building Council of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association has voted in a new chairman, Dave Radlmann, CGC, LEED AP BD+C and CEO of the commercial general contracting company Urban Eco Group ( and the residential design build company Heirloom Design Build (www. Radlmann has served on the board for two-and-a-half years, since he helped found the Green Building Council with 11 others in 2009.


the buck, delivering a 78% return on to Remodeling magazine’s 20112012 “Cost vs. Value” report. Some fiber cement siding is even made with recycled post-consumer waste, helping to keep usable material out of landfills. Plus, it

To facilitate real-time communication on projects, pricing, inventory and more, builders and suppliers are turning to BuilderLink, a free online community and software solution. “More than just a social site, this powerful system connects you with other professionals, keeps you up to date on industry news and is a portal to the popular BuilderLink Estimating Module,” writes Allen Hanahan, vice president of sales at Atlanta-based Carolina Lumber & Supply (, in a post on the company’s blog. “This module allows you to get prices, estimates and inventory status from Carolina Lumber whenever you want.” Carolina Lumber adopted the tool in August 2011 to keep up with the fast-paced needs of their building customers and has experienced positive results.

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Radlmann’s goal for 2012 is to help the board continue to support and advocate green building certification and practices. He also hopes to introduce a new series of programs called “The Builder’s Toolbox for the New Economy.” This four-part series will feature roundtable discussions with top professionals in related fields and help businesses discover solutions to grow and be profitable in 2012. For more information, visit

“With BuilderLink, the contractor can be onsite, update old estimates, get new ones and find out if the lumber yard has what they need in stock without waiting for sales people to call them back or manually check their stock,” says Mark Pearsall, BuilderLink’s board chairman and an industry veteran. “It’s all online, so it saves everyone time and money.” For more information on BuilderLink or a demonstration, visit or contact Angel Menchaca at 877-228-0884 or

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New Chairman Elected to Atlanta Green Building Council

buying or selling a home.

—Michael Cobb, vice president of sales and marketing, Nichiha USA (



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