Beazer unveils first green model home near Indianapolis
Atlanta-based home builder Beazer Homes has debuted its high-performance, energy-efficient eSMART Green showcase home in Fishers, Ind., at South Avalon Estates, near Indianapolis.
The eSMART Green homes are up to 44% more energy efficient than comparable-sized houses built 10 to 15 years ago, according to research conducted by the NAHB Research Center.
“Our eSMART Green homes are designed to maximize savings while minimizing the overall environmental impact of building and maintaining a home,” said Bruce Craig, president of Beazer’s Indianapolis new homes division. “We’ve built in greater efficiency from the ground up, and the result is significantly lower energy bills for our homeowners.”
The eSMART Green showcase home offers a number of green features including: • R49 blown-in cellulose insulation in the attic, • R19 on exterior walls, • High-efficiency low-e windows with additional sealing around exterior penetration points, • High-efficiency furnace, • Energy Star appliances, • Tankless water heater, • Programmable thermostats, • Compact fluorescent light bulbs, • Home energy monitor, • High-grade MERV 10 air filters, • Fresh-air ventilated ducts, and • Low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions paints.
The home also conserves water with a manifold plumbing system that delivers water directly to individual fixtures rather than routing it through the foundation. Other elements include water-saving faucets and shower heads and dual-flush toilets. In addition, exterior landscaping uses regionally appropriate plants.
KB appoints new treasurer
Los Angeles-based KB Home has announced the appointment of Thad Johnson to the position of treasurer.
Johnson will report directly to Jeff Kaminski, EVP and CFO, and will be responsible for the care and custody of the company’s financial assets, as well as maintaining and developing its banking operations and relationships.
Previously, Johnson served as the company assistant treasurer for two and a half years.
“We are pleased to promote a talented individual such as Thad into the treasurer role,” Kaminski said. “As a proven performer on our team, we believe Thad will provide continuity and bring a sound perspective to the treasury function. I look forward to working with Thad as we continue to execute on our growth strategy.”
Prior to KB, Johnson served as assistant VP with U.S. Bancorp’s commercial real estate group. He also has more than 10 years of management consulting experience with several East Coast-based firms.
Picketers linger at two ProBuild sites
Picketers continue at two Chicagoland locations of ProBuild Holdings, the nation’s largest pro dealer, which has been trying to negotiate a new contract with Teamsters Local 673 since April. A one-day mediation session held on Aug. 24 was unsuccessful after both sides failed to reach any agreements. Teamsters spokesman Roger Kohler said the union was initially hopeful “because [ProBuild] sent someone out from Denver for the first time.”
Top of the list, according to both ProBuild and the Local 673, are healthcare benefits. The union claims many of its warehouse and delivery drivers will not be able to afford health insurance due to higher premiums and a cutback in hours. Bill Myrick, ProBuild’s newly appointed CEO, told Home Channel News that the company is trying to standardize its best practices across its many locations, and one of these is healthcare plans. “We want to treat all of our employees equally,” Myrick explained.
“We look very much forward to resolving this issue,” he added.
Meanwhile, union employees continue to march along the road in front of ProBuild stores in Yorkville and Wheaton, Ill.