Builders talk ‘green building’ with lawmakers
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has urged Congress to support its green building efforts by fostering private sector innovation in green construction for millions of homes that are waiting to be built.
Speaking before the House Small Business Committee, Bob Jones, vp and secretary of the NAHB, suggested lawmakers could help foster more eco-friendly construction by keeping the “market free of mandates.”
“More than 100,000 homes have been built and certified by voluntary, builder-supported green building programs around the country since the mid-1990s,” Jones said. “The green movement in residential construction derives much of its strength from its voluntary nature.”
Additionally, he urged committee members to consider allocating funds for education and training in green building; and expanding federal tax credits for green builders passed in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Jones also said federal tax credits encourage the construction of new energy efficient homes, promote the use of energy-saving home improvements for existing homes and spur innovation.
True Value owner inducted into Washington D.C. ‘Hall of Fame’
Howard Politzer, owner of Brookland True Value in Washington D.C., has received the Business Legacy Award from the Washington D.C. Hall of Fame Society, a group that recognizes members of the city’s business community.
The legacy award recognizes individuals and establishments that have contributed immensely to the growth and development of Washington, D.C. and changed the course of the District’s history. Hall of Fame Society executive board members voted unanimously to make Brookland True Value its first choice in the nbusinessi category, and Politzer was inducted into its Hall of Fame.
Politzer opened his first True Value in 1975 on Capitol Hill, and in 1981 he relocated the store six miles north to the city of Brookland.
Politzer has served as a member of the Brookland Chamber of Commerce, the Center for Community Development, the MayorIs Golden Washington Club, the Brookland Business and Professional Association and the Pennsylvania and Atlantic Seaboard Hardware Association.
Acquisition of Rinker nears completion
Rinker Materials, a top distributor of non-lumber building materials in the United States, with $4.5 billion in sales last year, will soon become part of Cemex, North America’s largest cement producer.
Cemex has purchased more than 90 percent of the shares of Rinker Group Ltd., Rinker’s Australian parent company, clearing the way for the cement supplier to acquire the rest of the company without consent.
Cemex, based in Monterrey, Mexico, placed an unsolicited $14 billion bid for all of Rinker’s shares earlier this year. In June it won majority control over Rinker’s board of directors and replaced them with its own appointees. The Rinker acquisition will further increase Cemex’s share of the U.S. concrete market.
Headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla., Rinker Materials sells cement, asphalt, pipe, tools, drywall, steel framing and other construction materials. It generates approximately 80 percent of its parent company’s revenues.