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  • Thu, 08/28/2014 - 16:52

    The American Wood Council CEO Robert Glowinski said the AWC is hopeful about a plan to harmonize green building standards.

    In a statement issued Thursday, Glowinski said:

    “The American Wood Council is hopeful about the recently announced strategy to harmonize ASHRAE 189.1, IgCC and LEED into a standardized tool. While the streamlining strategy presented is encouraging, its success will depend on whether the leadership of the organizations provides the direction necessary to carry-out the coordination as envisioned. 

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  • Thu, 08/28/2014 - 16:21

    Ace Hardware Corporation has employed the wares of Digital Lumens in upgrading the lighting of its 1-million-sq.-ft. Retail Support Center in Rocklin, California.

    The facility has been outfitted in Digital Lumens Intelligent LED Lighting since October 2013, saving Ace an average of 81% on lighting-related energy use, the company said.

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  • Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:43

    KB Home has announced its plans to expand further into the Denver market with the opening of its latest community, Pinery West.

    “Each KB home at Pinery West can be personalized to reflect individual homebuyer preferences with our unique KB homebuying process that gives our buyers many ways to tailor their home to fit their lifestyle and budget,” said Matt Mandino, president of KB Home's Colorado division. “Also, the yards at Pinery West are designed to be low maintenance, allowing our homeowners to spend more time pursuing an active lifestyle.”

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  • Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:36

    Lowe's took a deeper look at the motivations and desires that shape America's attitude toward smart home technology, many of which suggest that simplicity - and not so much the fancy bells and whistles -- will save the day.

    The Lowe's 2014 Smart Home Survey questioned more than 2,000 U.S. adults, conducted online in July by Harris Poll.

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  • Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:18

    Canton, Ohio-based Schumacher Homes has opened a new Model Home and Design Studio in Shreverport, Louisiana, which will showcase a variety of options for homeowners in the planning stages of their new homes.

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  • Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:19

    Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores is touching down in Marlton, New Jersey, with the opening of a new Sears Home Appliance Showroom.

    Local customers will be able to avail themselves of a complete collection of brand-name appliances at the lowest prices, guaranteed by the SHOS price-match policy.

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  • Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:34

    Among the cadre of keynote speakers presenting at this year's Pro Dealer Industry Summit is Ken Wilbanks, a business consultant to the lumber, building materials and home center industry.

    Wilbanks cut his teeth working for Home Depot, Lowe's, Ernst Home and Nursery, EBS Building Supply and other industry organizations, ranging from entry-level to executive roles. 

    As a consultant, Wilbanks provides educational programs, financial and business process analysis, leadership development and executive coaching.

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  • Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:16

    Austin, Texas-based GelPro is rolling out the red carpet beneath the feet of home chefs -- or at least a mat that's comfortable to stand on.

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  • Wed, 08/27/2014 - 19:56

    Houston, Texas-based Goodman Company is recalling about 233,500 units of its Amana, Century, Comfort-Aire, Goodman and York International Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner/Heat Pump (“PTAC”) units.

    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the power cords on the units have displayed a tendency to overheat, creating burn and fire hazards.

    So far, there have been five reports of the power cords smoking or catching fire, though no injuries have been reported as of yet.

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  • Wed, 08/27/2014 - 17:21

    Armstrong World Industries has reshuffled its management structure, appointing Donald Maier to the post of EVP and CEO, Armstrong Flooring Products, in order to fill the vacancy left by Thomas Mangas.

    Previously, Maier was serving as SVP global operations excellence. He has been with the company since 2010, during which time he played a pivotal role in the company's Lean transformation and established a new project management process and safety program.

    He has also worked for TPG Capital Advisors and as VP and general manager of Hill-Rom's North American business.

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