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April 14, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for April 11, 2014

April 8, 2014

The Home Depot has earned a 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which cited its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the promotion of energy-efficient products.

"Our customers are increasingly looking for products that have earned the Energy Star," said Ron Jarvis, VP Environmental. "Our partnership with Energy Star allows us to offer our customers high quality, energy-efficient products that will also save them money on their energy bills."

April 8, 2014

Faber is introducing two new cooker hood models -- which go by the name of Infinity ACT and Jolie ACT -- at Eurocucina 2014.

Both models feature Sil-K ACT, a technology that actively reduces perceived noise in pursuit of maximum silence, according to the company.

The technology, adapted from systems used in the aeronautics and automotive industries, creates an inverse wave form to cancel out the original one, which eliminates acoustic perceptions and cuts emissions by 13 decibels compared to another model of the same capacity.

April 3, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Panasonic Eco Solutions North America as a 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence Award.

Panasonic's energy-efficient ventilation fans are the star of the day, which Panasonic assures will meet designed airflow requirements when installed, providing ventilation verification assurance. At up to 23.3 CFM/Watt, the fans have the highest efficacy of any Energy Star-rated ventilation fan.

March 31, 2014

Ringdale, Inc, the Georgetown, Texas-based ActiveLED manufacturer, has launched a new LED exterior luminary called the ActiveLED Horseshoe Bay Lantern.

The post-top fixture is an enery-efficient, high-performance alternative to 150-watt lamps, with energy savings of 50-80% compared to other solutions, the company says.

"At Ringdale, we are seeing an evolution in LED projects," said president Klaus Bollmann. "Customers that were once focused on changing out primary lighting are now converting more specialized or decorative lighting areas."

March 17, 2014

Analog is out, digital is in, and efficiency is here to stay. 

That’s according to the organizers of the 2014 International Hardware Fair in Cologne, Germany. The three-day event wrapped up last week, but the trends carry on in the form of “improved efficiency, ergonomics and digitality” across all hardware segments.

March 11, 2014

LG is highlighting 14 of its duct-free air conditioners that have earned the Energy Star "Most Efficient" 2014 designation.

Five of those 14 hail from the LG "Art Cool" duct-free split series, which brings design-minded appeal together with energy-efficient features.

February 27, 2014

KB Home unveiled its first ZeroHouse 2.0 in Los Angeles Wednesday, part of a new, larger series of homes designed to achieve net-zero energy status and zero freshwater irrigation use (by a family of four or more).

February 13, 2014

Smart thermostats, also known as programmable communicating thermostats (PCTs), offer integrated features that surpass the basic sensing and control functions of traditional thermostats. Although the market for smart thermostats has struggled to gain traction, recent developments – particularly the purchase of smart thermostat maker Nest Labs by Google, for a reported $3.2 billion – indicate that growth is likely to accelerate.

February 11, 2014

Sears Home Services is rolling out an initiative this year, called Building Community Together, that aims to restore homes and buildings in the communities where its employees live and work. 

To make this possible, Sears is teaming up with nonprofit Rebuilding Together to identify homes and provide repairs, create greater accessibility and make energy-efficient upgrades.

February 4, 2014

Trex Co. has unveiled Trex Outdoor Lighting, a complete system of energy-efficient components designed to complement Trex's high-performance outdoor products.

Joining the brand's Trex Deck Lighting is a full selection of easy-to-install Trex Landscape Lighting options. These compatible fixtures make up the Trex Outdoor Lighting collection.

January 29, 2014

Muskegon, Mich.-based EarthTronics is promoting its Globe, Candle and general purpose A-type EarthBulb LEDs as an energy-efficient solution to replacing incandescent bulbs for hospitality, restaurant, long-term care and retail locations. 

January 29, 2014

KB Home's board of directors has unanimously elected Michael M. Wood, founder and chairman of Redwood Investments LLC, to serve as a director and a member of its audit and compliance committee.

January 23, 2014

Whirlpool Corporation has announced its plans to adopt Honeywell's Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) in the manufacture of its U.S.-made refrigerators and freezers.

Citing energy efficiency and eco-friendliness, Whirlpool is harnessing the agent's 99.9% reduction in global warming potential compared to the most common foam blowing agent in the U.S. The implementation is expected to be equivalent of removing over 400,000 cars from the road.

January 22, 2014

Real Goods Solar, Inc. has gone through a bit of a rebranding process. Most significantly, it has changed its name to RGS Energy.

January 21, 2014

Columbia Lighting (a subset of Hubbell Lighting) has answered the call for a low-ceiling LED lighting solution.

The three new energy-efficient fixtures, launched Tuesday, include the LWC Premium Wraparound, the LPT Premium Lensed Striplight and the LRO Lensed Striplight.

All three models are available in multiple color temperatures and can be surface-mounted or suspended. They also provide color rendering of 82 CRI.

January 15, 2014

Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), has joined the advisory board at Delos, a New York City-based real estate developer that incorporates environmental sustainability, as well as health and wellness amenities, into homes, offices and buildings.

January 14, 2014

Miami-based CGI Windows & Doors introduced Targa by CGI, a new vinyl impact window line designed to maximize security, protection and energy efficiency.

“CGI products are known for their superior strength, quality and beauty, and the new Targa line will blend in perfectly,” said Tom Riscili, president and CEO, CGI Windows & Doors. 

January 6, 2014

Lowe's will be unveiling the latest installments in its Iris Smart Home Solutions series at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show, taking place Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas.

New Iris products and services will include a water shut-off valve that cuts supply when a leak is detected, a voice control feature,smart sprinkler systems, smart meter add-ons, universal garage door openers, additional energy saving devices and more.

December 30, 2013

In light of the new rules taking effect Jan. 1 per the Energy Independence and Security Act, which is phasing out 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs, Lowe's is providing guidance to consumers who might still be unfamiliar with the changes.

Growing consumer acceptance of LEDs and energy-efficient bulbs has partially paved the path for this transition, but retailers might still consider offering similar guidance to their customers.

Among things Lowe's considers essential to customer knowledge:

December 12, 2013

The 62-year old building housing The Swain School in Allentown, Pa., underwent a major energy efficiency renovation project during the summer of 2013. 

More than 250 old single-pane aluminum windows were replaced with energy-efficient Simonton Reflections 5500 vinyl windows.

November 15, 2013

IKEA Canada announced it has purchased a 46 megawatt wind farm in Pincher Creek, Alberta. The 20-turbine wind farm will be the largest owned by a Canadian retailer and is expected to generate 161 gigawatt hours (GWh) each year, which is more than double the total energy consumption of IKEA Canada. The project is currently being constructed by global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power and is expected to be fully operational in fall 2014. 

November 1, 2013

Insulation giant Owens Corning is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

"Our 75th anniversary provides a great opportunity to celebrate where we've been and who we are as a company, and get excited about our bright future," said Mike Thaman, chairman and CEO. "What makes our employees most proud is that our products improve people's lives. Homes and buildings are more energy efficient. Cars are lighter and conserve more fuel. Wind blades are longer and stronger. Our commitment to our customers is to enable them to deliver those solutions to worldwide markets."

October 25, 2013

Nashville, Tenn. -- Bradley Farnsworth, president of the eponymous research-based consulting firm (The Farnsworth Group), delivered an address to ProDealer Summit attendees Friday that outlined a progressively greener near-future outlook for remodeling.

In his presentation, titled "Emerging Trends in Remodeling: A Consumer and Contractor Perspective," Farnsworth detailed the experiences and expectations of architects, contractors and remodelers.

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