B Lab Recognizes New Avenue

 

New Avenue Recognized in First ‘Best for the World’ List of Businesses With Less Than 10 Employees Creating Most Overall Positive Social and Environmental Impact

‘Best for the World’ Businesses Score 50% Higher Than Nearly 2,000 Other Sustainable Businesses in Most Comprehensive Assessment of Overall Corporate Impact

Top 10% Among Certified B Corps With Under 10 Employees

New Avenue has been recognized as ‘Best for the World’ in a list of businesses with less than 10 employees creating the most overall positive social and environmental impact. New Avenue and the other ‘Best for the World’ businesses earned a score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations with 10 employees or less, and, on average, 50% higher than the average score of nearly 2,000 other sustainable businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment.

The B Impact Assessment, governed by the nonprofit B Lab, is the most rigorous, comprehensive, and comparable independent assessment of overall corporate impact and shows the relative value businesses create for society by comparing nearly 200 individual metrics on corporate impact on workers, consumers, suppliers, community and the environment. “New Avenue Homes is a leader in the global movement to redefine success in business,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, co founder of B Lab, the organization that certifies B Corporations. “New Avenue Homes is among the best in the world at being the best for the world.”

“At New Avenue we believe we are doing two very positive things for the communities and people we work with” says founder and CEO Kevin Casey. “First, we want to encourage multigeneraltional families to live together. Aging parents want to live closer to their kids and young families need help from grandparents. We want to make putting in extra space to accomodate family a very approachable, very enjoyable process. Second, we believe that in-fill development at scale is a critical component to healthy growth for our urban and sub-urban communities. We do not need more ubiquitous sprawl of oversized housing. In-fill development encourages efficient use of building materials with smaller homes, increased use of public transportation and closer knit communities with individuals sharing their most valuable resource – property.”

The ‘Best for the World’ list appears in the 2012 B Corp Annual Report published today by B Lab.

‘Best for the World’ businesses with less than 10 employees include: Autonomie Project, Inc., Big City Farms LLC, Co-op Power / Northeast Biodiesel, davistudio, EduCare Education, Enviro-Stewards, Fair Trade Sports, Inc., GreenLight Apparel, Hives for Lives, InVenture Fund, JustNeem, KINeSYS Inc., LEAP Organics, Little Pickle Press, mindful investors, Natural Investments LLC, New Avenue, Palmetto Ventures, Pivotal Production, SABEResPODER, Social Enterprise Associates, Social(k), Sustainability Television, The Inclusive & Sustainable Group, LLC, The Sustainability Advantage, Veterans Ink

Learn more about how New Avenue creates positive social and environmental impact at bcorporation.net/newave.

B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a new sector of the economy that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab drives systemic change through three interrelated initiatives: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and just good marketing; 2) driving capital to impact investments through use of GIIRS Ratings and Analytics; and 3) advancing supportive public policies to accelerate growth of social entrepreneurship and impact investing. To earn certification, B Corps must achieve a verified minimum score (80 out of 200) on the B Impact Assessment and amend their bylaws to legally require their directors to consider the interests of stakeholders, not just shareholders, when making decisions. For more information, checkwww.bcorporation.netor contact Jay Coen Gilbert at jay (a.t) bcorporation [-dot-] net.

A Nation to Build a Cottage

 

About a week ago we posted an insightful reflection from one of our clients Kitty. Upon being asked the question “what did you learn that was totally unexpected?” she matter-of-factly and humorously responded “So…Many…People.” Kitty was commenting on all she had seen before construction started and her observation continues to be right on when you have building permits in hand, ready to break ground.

The list below runs through each element of a construction project requiring a specific professional with a specific type of expertise. It’s a master list of trade professionals that will, directly or indirectly, be involved in a cottage construction project. Though it is small, the truth is it takes a nation to build a cottage. It’s a funny thought, and illustrates a couple interesting points about the nature of construction, irrespective of the size you are building.

First, the fundamentals of the planning process and needed expertise is not all that dissimilar between a 300 unit high rise tower and a 300 square foot backyard cottage. It almost takes the same number of trades to build a cottage as it does to build a high rise.

Second, the ultimate success of any construction project, 300 units or 300 square feet, might be most simply described as the product of intelligently coordinated teamwork between a ton of professionals. At New Avenue we see our primary job as orchestrating effective teamwork between all these professionals.

  1. Foundation
  2. Plumber
  3. Electrician
  4. Termit Pre-treatment
  5. Framer and rough carpentry
  6. Windows
  7. Roofer
  8. HVAC – heating and cooling
  9. Siding type
  10. Low voltage – stereo systems
  11. Insulation
  12. Drywall
  13. Millwork
  14. Stair railing
  15. Finish carpentry
  16. Painter
  17. Cabinets
  18. Countertops
  19. Tile
  20. Hardwood flooring
  21. Appliances
  22. Light fixtures
  23. Mirrors and shower enclosures
  24. Rough cleaner
  25. Finish cleaner
  26. Prep & detail
  27. Garage doors
  28. Grading
  29. Fencing
  30. Landscaping

Metal Roofs vs. Traditional Shingles

 

We all know asphalt shingles as they are the most common roofing material. You probably see them everyday and almost everywhere.

Composite shingle roofs are a fine product as they are affordable and easy to install. They are made out of a fiberglass base that is covered with asphalt and a mineral or aggregate adds the texture and color. Due to their 15-20 year life expectancy the roof has to be replaced and discarded to a landfill regularly. You’ve probably seen something like this before:

A metal roof will cost about twice as much as a comp shingle roof would, but it will last generations.  At year 15, when you avoid the first replacement of comp shingle roof, you break even.  At year 30 and every 15-20 years thereafter you are saving the entire cost of a new roof.  Just as importantly, the steel consists of recycled material and is recyclable if it is ever removed.  Most metal roofs have a special reflective coating that makes them more energy efficient and qualifies them energy star certification.

We have worked with metal roof network (www.metalroofnet.com) on several of our projects.  Their metal roofs come in different styles such as tiles or standing seam and they come in different materials such as copper and steel.  This gray steel standing seam metal roof is our first project with Metal Roof Network.

A few other metal roof options are listed here:

Diamond Shaped Shingles

Steel Shake Tiles