Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Transforming Energy film - free screening!

Knickerbocker Group is proud to sponsor a free screening of Transforming Energy on February 27, 2:00 pm at the Harbor Theatre in Boothbay Harbor.

Presented by the Boothbay Region Land Trust and sponsored by the Knickerbocker Group and Midnight Oil, this inspiring and informative documentary film features unique and passionate visionaries who are committed to creating new and sustainable energy resources.

According to its website, "Transforming Energy is a a documentary about the hope of alternative energy as a solution to the problems of global warming and the end of cheap oil and gas. It takes us into the lives, the passion, the commitment and the hard work of the people who are on the ground now, working to create a new energy paradigm.”

Two-time Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Mark Harris calls it “a must-see film for anyone who cares or worries about our future after fossil fuels.”

For more information on the film, go to http://www.transformingenergy.com/about/index.html

For more information on the free screening, call the Boothbay Region Land Trust at 633-4818.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Cabinetry Shop Gains Acceptance in Industry Certification with Forest Stewardship Council

Walter Shea, Woodworking Manager of the Knickerbocker Group, is excited to announce that our cabinetry and millwork shop has earned acceptance into the Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands (TCNF) and agreed to assume the exceptional accountability standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for projects involving FSC certified products.

As a member, Knickerbocker Group pledges to avoid unacceptable sources of wood, adhere to quality system, production control, record keeping, FSC label and documentation requirements. TCNF chain of custody system is designed to connect responsible forest management practices and products with consumers.

For more information on cabinetry, millwork and kitchen projects, contact Walter Shea at 207-633-2209.

About the Forest Stewardship Council:
The Forest Stewardship Council was created to change the dialogue about and the practice of sustainable forestry worldwide. FSC sets forth principles, criteria, and standards that span economic, social, and environmental concerns. The FSC standards represent the world’s strongest system for guiding forest management toward sustainable outcomes. The FSC standards for forest management have now been applied in over 57 countries around the world.

In 1995, FSC-US, located in Washington, D.C., was established as the national “chapter” of FSC. Its purpose is to coordinate the development of forest management standards throughout the different biogeographic regions of the U.S., to provide public information about certification and FSC, and to work with certification organizations to promote FSC certification in the U.S.

Industry Certification in Building Construction and Performance

We are pleased to announce that Frederic Lilly, a construction manager at the Knickerbocker Group, has earned certification as a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP). The LEED green building certification is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

This certification recognizes the completion of a program designed to demonstrate a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System. The U.S. Green Building Council established the LEED rating system to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. It is an internationally recognized certification providing third-party verification that a building or community was completed using strategies aimed at performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO 2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Please feel free to contact Fred at 207-633-3818 to discuss your construction or renovation project and how LEED standards can be applied.

About the U.S. Green Building Council:
The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501 c3 non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org

Monday, June 22, 2009

Knickerbocker Group... on the magazine stands!

From design consultations to award-winning kitchens to green building, we are very excited to share some of our recent publications:

  • Better Homes and Gardens: Kitchen Makeovers, Spring 2009 issue - the article "Map for Success" highlights how a do-it-yourself couple turned to an expert (Knickerbocker Group's Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer Elaine Murdoch) to give their old kitchen a new look on a budget.

  • American Builders Quarterly, Summer 2009 issue - the Custom Residential editorial profile of Knickerbocker Group includes an in-depth interview with members of our design-build team: architect Rick Nelson and construction manager Marcus Golding. They cite relationships and technology as two keys to our success, and also share insights and examples of our approach to building performance. View the article on-line at: http://www.americanbuildersquarterly.com/abqsummer22/pages/84.php
  • Maine Home + Design, May 2009 issue - "Now We're Cooking", highlights the transformation of unworkable kitchens into beautiful spaces with a photographic overview of winners in the "Ugly Kitchen Contest: Before & After." The article details Elaine Murdoch's design, which took the Grand Prize, Best Overall. The award-winning kitchen, which was part of a larger renovation project overseen by construction manager Fred Lilly, features the stunning custom cabinetry of Knickerbocker Group cabinetmaker Walter Shea. For more details and photographs, see the 2/26/09 post: http://kitchenaward.blogspot.com/
  • Maine Home + Design, July 2009 issue - "The Drawing Board" features architect Rick Nelson's green home Sonne Ledge. For construction photos and highlights of energy and material efficient features utilized in construction of the building envelope, visit the Sonne Ledge page: http://sonnelodge.blogspot.com/

Click on photo above to enlarge and read the article. If you would like to receive more information on any of these projects, please contact us at info@knickerbockergroup.com.