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AWC CEO welcomes green-standard cooperation

BY HBSDealer Staff

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. 

“The announcement implies that future editions of the IgCC will incorporate technical content of ASHRAE 189.1, which then becomes a green code, suitable as an alternative to LEED prerequisites. We believe that how the proposed strategy addresses baseline building performance in ASHRAE 189.1, in a manner which allows it to serve as equivalent to LEED prerequisites, will be critical to the success of this much needed harmonization across systems.

“AWC continues to support publication of the 2015 IgCC, including changes to be approved by ICC governmental voting members in October. Considerable effort has already occurred to develop the 2015 IgCC, including recognition of Environmental Product Declarations, along with other state-of-the-art green building measures.” 

Recently, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), ASHRAE, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), International Code Council (ICC) and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a plan to collaborate on developing a framework to ensure the AHSRAE 189.1 Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings and International Green Construction Code (IgCC) are available for implementation as a regulatory standard working in alignment with the LEED green building program.

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KB Home opens new Denver community

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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.”

The gated community will feature 86 new Craftsman homes with one- and two-story floor plans ranging in size from 1,747 to 3,044 sq. ft., including up to six bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths. The homes will be priced starting in the $400,000s.

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Lowe’s takes America’s pulse on smart home

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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.

Among the most significant findings was that most — 52% — say having a smart home is at least somewhat important. However, more than 70% of smart phone users would ideally like to be able to simply control their home functions without getting out of bed, despite the hold Rosie the Robot had on their imaginations.

"In general, Americans feel positively toward products that will make their homes safer, more energy efficient and easier to manage. It is added evidence that the smart home and Internet of Things are here to stay," said Kevin Meagher, Lowe’s VP and general manager, Smart Home. "People want DIY solutions that are simple and affordable, and that’s exactly what we provide with Iris. Lowe’s makes the home smarter by offering an easy, single user interface where consumers can control everything in and around their home with the brands they already know and trust."

When it comes to purchasing decisions, 56% cited cost as the number one deciding factor, followed by ease of use (13%) and security (11%).

When it came to actual functions, security won out as being the most beneficial application (62%). Overall convenience came in third (35%),, with flood, fire and disaster protection in fourth (29%).

Additionally, 50% preferred do-it-yourself solutions without a monthly fee — twice as many as those who say they’d prefer a professionally monitored system with a service fee (21%).

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