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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to Address Architects, Home Improvement Professionals at 2009 Symposium

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., leading environmentalist and author.

PANAMA CITY (November 18 , 2008) – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., global champion and respected leader on issues of sustainability and the environment, will be the keynote speaker at the first COOLWALL® Symposium, to be held Feb. 6, 2009 in conjunction with the World of Concrete in Las Vegas.

Created especially for architects and home improvement professionals, this symposium will explore the challenges of designing, building and renovating energy-efficient structures and simple solutions available today.

“Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. understands and can speak to both the visionary and practical sides of the environmental challenges our world faces,” said Jay A. Haines, president and CEO of Textured Coatings of America, Inc. (TEX•COTE®). “We think that everyone who attends this event will walk away inspired and equipped to take advantage of new technologies that are already proving to be effective.”

In his talk, Kennedy will discuss his views on sustainability and how TEX•COTE®’s COOLWALL® Coating System, a green exterior high build coating, can help architects and home improvement professionals meet environmental demands in the commercial, residential and public works construction sectors. Andre O. Desjarlais, Research Group Leader for the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will also present findings from a study conducted by his organization that showed COOLWALL® coatings can reduce cooling costs by as much as 21.9 percent (Percentage of savings are based on the DOE study which showed residential savings ranging from 4.2 – 21.9 percent.)

Qualified architects can earn one learning unit of AIA continuing education credit for attending the symposium. For more information or to register, call (800) 454-0340.

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