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From Arcom MasterSPEC MasterFormat ’04

SECTION 01 42 00 – REFERENCES
PART 1 – GENERAL
1.1 DEFINITIONS

A.     “Approved“:  When used to convey Architect’s action on Contractor’s submittals, applications, and requests, “approved” is limited to Architect’s duties and responsibilities as stated in the Conditions of the Contract.
B.     “Directed“:  A command or instruction by Architect.  Other terms including “requested,” “authorized,” “selected,” “approved,” “required,” and “permitted” have the same meaning as “directed.”
C.     “Indicated“:  Requirements expressed by graphic representations or in written form on Drawings, in Specifications, and in other Contract Documents.  Other terms including “shown,” “noted,” “scheduled,” and “specified” have the same meaning as “indicated.”
D.     “Regulations“:  Laws, ordinances, statutes, and lawful orders issued by authorities having jurisdiction, and rules, conventions, and agreements within the construction industry that control performance of the Work.
E.     “Furnish“:  Supply and deliver to Project site, ready for unloading, unpacking, assembly, installation, and similar operations.
F.     “Install“:  Operations at Project site including unloading, temporarily storing, unpacking, assembling, erecting, placing, anchoring, applying, working to dimension, finishing, curing, protecting, cleaning, and similar operations.
G.     “Provide“:  Furnish and install, complete and ready for the intended use.
H.     “Installer“:  Contractor or another entity engaged by Contractor as an employee, Subcontractor, or Sub-subcontractor, to perform a particular construction operation, including installation, erection, application, and similar operations.  Installers shall be experienced in the operation they are engaged to perform.
1.  Using a term such as “carpentry” does not imply that certain construction activities must be performed by accredited or unionized individuals of a corresponding generic name, such as “carpenter.”  It also does not imply that requirements specified apply exclusively to tradespeople of the corresponding generic name.
I.     “Project Site“:  Space available for performing construction activities.  The extent of Project site is shown on Drawings and may or may not be identical with the description of the land on which Project is to be built.
J.     “As Required“:  As required by regulatory bodies, by referenced standards, by existing conditions, by generally accepted construction practice or by the Contract Documents.  In the event of ambiguity or conflicts, the most stringent requirements shall apply.
K.     “By Others” refers to work that is not a part of the Contract.
L.     “N.I.C.:  “Not in Contract” means the work or the item indicated is not a part of the Contract and will be provided by the Owner.

Ikea
Starting March 15th All IKEA U.S. Stores will Charge Five Cents for Plastic Bags and Endorse Purchase of Reusable ‘Big Blue’ IKEA Bag.

After last years announcement that their UK stores would be charging for the big blue plastic bags, IKEA finally made it so in their US stores this month. Treehugger reports that IKEA US stores will follow suit and now charge for the big blue bags in an effort to get people to reuse their bags when they go shopping. Another bonus is that IKEA has offered to donate the proceeds from the bag campaign to American Forests, the nation’s oldest non-profit citizens conservation organization, to plant trees to restore forests and offset CO2 emissions.”

Ikea Big Blue BagTo help alter customer behavior and endorse environmentally responsible habits, IKEA will be selling its reusable ‘Big Blue Bag’ for 59 cents, reduced from 99 cents. “We realize that our ‘Bag the Plastic Bag Program’ is a small step. But we know our customers want to help and support the sustainability of our planet – for today – and for the future of our children. This program lets our customers know we have our stake in the ground and are committed to continuing to be an environmentally responsible company,” says Pernille Spiers-Lopez, president of IKEA North America. IKEA projects that the number of plastic bags used by their U.S. customers will be reduced by at least 50% from 70 million to 35 million in the first year. This program was launched in IKEA stores in the UK in late Spring 2006, and reduction has been an impressive 95 percent. Read more about IKEA’s environmental and social reports here, and don’t forget your own bag the next time you go.

IKEA US via CSRwire

[Source: http://www.treehugger.com/…/ikea_us_to_bag.php ]

This has to be one of my favorite green products as it goes back to a project I had my first year of design school in fundamentals, to design a cardboard chair. Well here’s a better take at it…


Paper softseating is made entirely from kraft paper, utilizing a flexible honeycomb structure to fan open into stools, benches and loungers. Each of the sizes and types of softseating can compress like a big book for storage. The seating is available in natural, unbleached brown kraft paper and kraft paper that has been dyed a deep black with bamboo charcoal ink to emphasize the geometric pattern of light and shadow. Paper softseating can be used creatively and interchangeably as seating or low tables, and the elements can be stacked playfully as building blocks.Paper softseating is not intended to be disposable or thought of for short-term use. According to the manufacturer, the paper actually improves with age, as the surface texture of the paper edges softens with use over time into a pleasing natural patina. When one sits on the paper stools or loungers, the edges of the paper will gently soften and crush, creating irregular facets that catch the light and form a unique organic pattern within the crisp honeycomb geometry of the structure. As the surface of the paper softens, the stools and loungers maintain their structural integrity, because the honeycomb geometry lends the paper strength and enables this economy of material resources. Paper softseating is flame-retardant treated and 100% recyclable. [via Molo.]

video demonstration of paper softseating may be viewed here:
http://www.glumbert.com/media/foldingchair

product link:
http://www.molodesign.com/pages.php?section=products&view_product_id=40